No donation or gift is too little for God to transform it into a blessing
As Christians, we know that it is vital to spend time in God’s Words in order get to know Him. The word of God is our daily bread, to build and strengthen our regenerated body. I would never have thought that bringing pairs of magnifying glasses would have had such an impact. It was a blessing for many patients to leave the clinic with a pair of glasses which will allow them to read their bible without struggle or start to read it again since they could no longer do it because of their poor vision. In that specific case, $3 this is all what it cost per person for her to get God’s guidance, comfort, help, strength….wisdom that He gives to His children through the Holy Bible.
We came for the Glory of God and let it know
All team members shared that same goal: we went to South Dallas to bring glory to God and visitors of the clinic had to know it.
We took the time to explain that we came because of the goodness of our Lord who cares for them; it was not because of the goodness of any individuals. Without God having transformed our lives… most likely none of the team members would have drove to South Dallas, but God poured out His Love into our heart and lead us to set up the 2 day clinic. We asked them to thank God for any sign of compassion, kindness, comfort they would see from us during these 2 days, because it would be God at work through us, but also to forgive our still sinful flesh for any bad attitude, irritation or impatience we might show.
We declared that our goal was to contribute in deepening their knowledge of God as they would recognize Christ in our acts, would listen to team members sharing with passion the greatness of our God, and telling them the Good News He has for them.
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice
Sometimes we are trapped into the business of our tasks, and hope that people will figure out on their own our motives. But in South Dallas we simply and plainly declared our motives to bring even more Glory to God.
Desperate need for HOPE
We went to South Dallas to deliver God’s truth to those who have never heard about it or never listen to it and to pray that God will bring repentance and faith to many. For many the message of the gospel sounds already familiar. However has it been received yet? As we discussed with patients or visitors, it appeared that many attend churches regularly, but for which motive? For a meal, a shelter, the fellowship with the saints, seeking God? All of them? None of them? God knows, we do not.
Most of the people who came to the clinic are in desperate material needs: homeless, living in shelter or under a bridge, at the mercy of donation for food and clothes, many in drug or alcohol bondage. Recognizing their material needs is easy, but their spiritual need is even bigger. We bring temporarily relief, but JESUS only can sustain them, deliver them by His Power, and give to them HOPE; the assurance to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
It is our duty to provide in Love food, medicine to the ones who are not as privileged as we are. But let us not be satisfied by material provision only or the name of a church congregation as a proof of Christianity, because many are deceived and still lost.
Therefore, it is crucial to be equipped to lead in Love people to examine themselves through a test of biblical assurance (1 John epistle) and pray that the Holy Spirit will bring genuine repentance and faith, despite the profession of Christianity. Even if at times it pushes us beyond our comfort zone, let the Holy Spirit works in us like in Paul, who declares in Col 1:28-29 “We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all HIS energy, which so powerfully works in me.”