«And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’ » (Matthew 25:40).
I read in a children ‘s bulletin the story of a boy who lived on the outskirts of an overcrowded city.
Because of a disability, he could not talk, run, or play, only smile. His mother had to pick him up and take him to the river every day to wash him. The river was far from their home, and the woman was very tired and sore after each trip since she had to carry him on her shoulders.
However, one day, ADRA arrived at that village and provided this family with a bath for the disabled. His mother was able to get a steady job instead of having to beg. He could now be clean and neat every day; he was able to get his mother to push his wheelchair to the bathroom and shower.
There are hundreds of stories like this and you can be part of them. Jesus did the medical-missionary work He asks us to do today. “Humble, gracious, tenderhearted, pitiful, He went about doing good, feeding the hungry, lifting up the bowed down, comforting the sorrowing. None who came to Him for aid went away unrelieved.” (Welfare Ministry, ch. 13, p. 116).
It is up to us to be sympathetic and compassionate and selflessly take the light to people who are suffering.
I recall that, at a General Conference Session, the ADRA booth handed out play banknotes and a list of projects. Next to each project was the cost of carrying out each one, which was really very accessible if currency exchange was taken into account, and each person had to allocate his or her «money» to one or more projects. By holding those banknotes and seeing how much could be done with a little, one became more aware of how easy it really was to help.
I invite you to visit the ADRA website or another NGO site, find out what projects are being carried out locally and worldwide, and see how you can help. There is a lot to do and today is a good time to start.
«Humble, gracious, tenderhearted, pitiful, He went about doing good, feeding the hungry, lifting up the bowed down, comforting the sorrowing. None who came to Him for aid went away unrelieved» (ibid, p. 117).