One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Isaiah 58. This chapter talks about the kind of fasting (or abstinence) that Christians should aspire to adopt; Isaiah 58: 6 -8 says “Is this not the kind of fasting that I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them and not turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear…”
Fasting should not just be depriving yourself of food, it could be denying oneself of certain pleasures (the next latest gadget or fad). The purpose of fasting is to draw us closer to the Lord. When fasting, ask the Lord, how you can best help those who are in need.
There are countless opportunities for us to share our food with those less fortunate, provide the poor with clothing, stand up against social injustices and be a voice for the oppressed.. Isaiah 58 emphasizes God’s love for the poor, the mistreated, abandoned and oppressed.
As the seasons change and the warm weather gives way to the cold weather, a lot of these people are in need of warm clothing. Orphaned children in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti and Nigeria are in need of basic health care, nourishing meals and vitamins to supplement their diets. Some do not have roofs over their heads or places to sleep. Some of these kids scavenge for food in the garbage dumps.
The Bible says unto whom much is given, much is required.(Luke 12:48). A lot of us grumble about petty inconveniences and take what we have for granted. If you live in the western hemisphere, you are part of a very small percentage of the world that lives well above the poverty line.
We continuously write to you, monthly about the mandate of Zoya Ministries to be the hands and feet of Jesus by feeding the poor, clothing the naked, and healing the sick. Your financial support over the years has helped us tremendously in doing just that. There is still a lot more to be done….
As you read through this newsletter, would you prayerfully consider how you can help make a difference? I remember an old song that I learned in elementary school “Little drops of water, little grains of sand make the mighty ocean and the wondrous sea.”
No contribution is too little to make a difference.
May the Lord continue to bless you.