Fresh Hope – 30th September 2017

I’m writing today stranded in Amsterdam airport, due to heavy fog on the return journey from Rwanda.

Throughout the week, we have visited some of the poorest homes I’ve ever seen. A whole family are often found living in one room the size of most people’s bathrooms here in the UK.

The ‘home’ of a young lady and her baby, was one such visit we made. She told us that she had one meal a day but often there was not even that.

We chatted to her through an interpreter and enquired about her life. She was an orphan and her baby came as the result of being taken advantage of by someone she trusted. We prayed for her before we left, but then felt that we couldn’t leave without putting into action what we had prayed for.

There was an appalling looking shop nearby, from which we were able to purchase a whole sack of rice and a few other provisions for £19.

It struck me that one man’s means is another man’s miracle.

We worked it out that our small contribution from our means, will actually now feed her once every day for a whole year.

Praying for a person’s need is often the easy thing to do, as it means we can walk away without any personal responsibility or cost.

She was praying with us for God to meet her need and yet the answer wasn’t found in Heaven, but in our pockets.

There comes a time when we have to see that it’s time to stop praying about things and start to act on things.

What ‘means’ do you have today that may be someone else’s ‘miracle’?

Make it your goal in life to find a need and fill it! You may be the answer to their prayers.

James 2 v 14 -17.

What does it profit, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Pastor Mark

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