Scripture is pretty clear on the subject of helping those in need. It looks different at different times and for different people. But it is always essential, and it is always a blessing.
“'For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'”
In this passage, Jesus is telling the disciples that when we help those in need, we are helping Him. To help those in need is to serve Him.
The people of Christian Fellowship Church are a blessing. Such giving and caring spirits.
During this part of the year, when people are thinking about big family gatherings, gifts for Christmas, traveling, and lots of other costly ventures, it is encouraging to know that saints here at CFC are taking care of one another and others in a big way.
Two weeks ago, we got to watch as so many people partook in the Operation Christmas Child box drive. On the last day to bring them in, the office was abuzz with people, boxes, and conversation of the excitement that accompanies getting to send a box to a child who might not otherwise get any gifts this Christmas. Better than that, though, is that every child who receives a box will hear the Gospel.
Families worked together to shop for the boxes. People gave of their time and energy to fill the boxes and bring them in. Some people who didn't have time to go to the store, gave a donation that helped pay for the shipping of some of the boxes. One dear saint filled and brought 9 boxes. Just think of all children who will receive the boxes sent by CFCers. What a blessing.
Not a week after the Christmas boxes were due, it was time for the Thanksgiving Box drive. Every year, we have families in our midst for whom it would be a struggle to fill the table with a Thanksgiving feast. We've even been able to give some families their first Thanksgiving meal.
"Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality." Romans 12:13
This year, 12 families got to have Thanksgiving feasts because of the gracious gifts of the CFC Family. Some people brought food items. Some people gave money to put toward food items. 12 turkeys were donated. 12 boxes were filled with all the fixings. And 12 families got to enjoy their Thanksgiving day meal. That's a lot of smiling faces. Thank you, Saints, for contributing to the needs of your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Now that December is almost upon us, it is time for Through the Roof. Each year, the Crack House ministry puts on an event called Through the Roof. Early in December, people can sign up to support the event by donating food, adopting a family to buy gifts for, giving financial donations, and praying for the people who will come be a part of the night. At the actual event, people from both the ministry and the neighborhood around Crack House come and have a great meal. They are given gifts, and they are loved on. The Gospel is presented. There is an alter call, and every year, people give their lives to Christ.
Through the Roof is a night on which people who might not otherwise be able to are given the opportunity to have Christmas. It is a blessing to watch the kids' faces light up as they receive gifts, some for the first time.
Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
The event wouldn't be possible without people sharing what they have - time, resources, energy, gifts, financial donations. Thank you to all who have participated in the past, and all who will be a blessing this year.
Luke 3:10-11 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
Your giving is a blessing. Your gracious gifts have encouraged so many and made a Kingdom impact. Thank you so much, CFC Family.