Our neighbors didn’t “have a cow” … when, Terri and I bought one…..
In response to our sending a little extra to the 15-year-old, Rwandan child (and her community) we sponsor through World Vision, we received a moving, hand-written letter back expressing thanks for the gift and itemizing what they used it for:
- kilograms of beans
- kilograms of rice
- a bar of soap and,…
- A COW!
Terri and I are not special. We are, however, delighted to have made an unexpectedly significant difference in the earthly lives of 15-year-old, Sandrine and her family. (Their neighbors don’t mind either.)
We won’t miss the dollars; hate to think we would have missed the joy.
In terms of mandates to us from God’s word, Jonathan Edwards asserts there is nothing clearer in the Bible (try 200 places in the OT) than that we give to the poor…
And we do not give for the “merit badge”, out of some vaulted nobility of our own, rather, our humble sacrifice sprouts from the power of His caring.
As shared by Rich Stearns– @RichStearns — of World Vision:
When you love the unloved and the broken, it always provokes the question to which Jesus is the answer… the question: Why do you care?”
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”