Wednesday, April 29, 2009


As I read the words of David Costillo, the West Coast Director of World Relief, I am moved...

All too often as we encounter the needs in our community... we freeze. Appearing before us is the need of a "neighbor". We then tend to get overwhelmed by it and feel that our small contribution will be like a drop in a bucket. Or, perhaps we are too busy and don't want to be taken advantage of. "If I help this person with this thing, what could they ask for next?"

At other times, my fast-paced lifestyle gets the better of me. I am often distracted, unable to see that the person with needs before me is really the answer to my prayers for God to show me how to serve my community.

Every so often, however, God breaks through this distraction and gives us an opportunity to serve others and to learn about Him in a way that we never thought possible.

Mission does not just happen "over there" - it is also right here on our doorsteps.

That word grabs me..."neighbor". Sounds a lot like the discussion I led a few weeks ago about the "Good Samaritan" in Luke 10.

God is echoing this message to me and everyone around me.