Lack of money; great need; the state of being poor; lack of means to provide for material needs such as food, clothing and shelter.
He who oppresses the poor reproaches his maker, but he who honors Him has mercy on the needy. Proverbs 14:31.
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his good deed. Proverbs 19:17.
He, who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor, will also cry himself and not be heard. Proverbs 21:13.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Do you understand that it offends God, our creator when we neglect the poor? This is because they are part of His creation and He cares for them. All of our married lives we have had the privilege of working to help the poor. It began for us in South Korea after the Korean War where we set up over 140 orphanages for World Vision.
These orphanages were needed to house and care for the poorest of the poor children in Korea. They were the victims of the war and we knew that God loved them and needed others, including ourselves, to make sure they had places to live so He could care for them.
Since then we have reached out to help the poorest of children in over 100 countries of the world.
Statistics help us to share with you the problem we face in our world today. We are told that last year over 16 million people, mostly children died in our world from hunger. Also last year over 10 million children died before they could celebrate their fifth birthday.
These are all numbers, but they are much more than numbers. Each number represents one person, mostly children that God loves. This is why there are so many verses in His Word that make it very clear to us that we need to reach out and help the poor.
Take a moment now and carefully read the three verses from Proverbs that we have written above. Has the question ever come to your mind, “What can I do about this?” or perhaps, “Why should I care?” Most people will react by saying to themselves something like, “I am too busy.” “I do not have any time.” “I do not have the money to help now.” Some say the need is so great how can anyone meet the needs of so much and so many, but God says we must help. We help those in poverty to show God’s love.
We can show mercy by volunteering at a church feeding center or a soup kitchen. Maybe you can find a job for a father who has lost his job. How about taking a meal to a family that you know is hurting. Ask a few friends and someone will lead you to a family who needs a helping hand.
There are many organizations that are working to help the poor that you can help and work through. Also, you can look at our web site --- www.thehungersolution.org --- and see opportunities that you can pray for and help with financially.
But what is important is for you to act. God depends on all we who love Him to make known His love and mercy to all no matter how rich or poor. Let us know what you decide?
Accepting this responsibility honors God because he is concerned for each and every person in this world.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 119:18.
Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.
Help me to have a listening ear for the cry of the poor. Make my heart tender for the needy. Help me to seek opportunities to show your love to those who are poor, both physically and spiritually, to share generously of what I have to meet their needs.
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