Bridging the gap
A Ministry Of Compassion
To needy neighbors
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Helping even with portion of a utility bill can
give hope and encouragement,
Most of the poor are doing
the best they can within their own limitations. Often they desperately
need a friend, someone who has Christ's love in his heart.
"It's not inappropriate
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Your Church Can Develop A Ministry To The Poor
Once you have decided to initiate or expand your compassionate ministry, the next step is to locate people in need. A neighborhood canvas in a poor section will quickly identify needs. At the beginning select just a few blocks in which to work. Or select an apartment house.
No need to make it a massive effort at first. In a small geographic area even six or eight volunteers could meet a few dozen new people. As this group develops it's skill and a deeper compassion, expect other workers to be drawn in.
Just Love Them
One church went to an obviously needy area and workers went door to door to determine who could use groceries. Later they returned with food, and offered to help in other ways. Their intent was to be very friendly, smile a lot and to avoid any confrontational conversation. "We're just here to see if you could use some food. Our church has some, and we'd really like to share it with you, if you need it."
You may be an answered prayer.
They may connect you with a special need. Recently the electric utility contacted In His Name Ministries about an elderly lady who was partially blind. Her utility service was stopped due to lack of payment. They could not justify keeping her service on, but a worker in the company's social service department decided to find help for her. Ministry friends who we informed sent checks to the utility office to pay her bill. One volunteer went out to meet the lady. She needed friendship very badly. Now someone will stay in contact with her to be sure she is properly cared for.
Face to face friendship or a telephone contact is an
effective way to convincingly show God's love. A contact that has small
beginnings may lead to amazing results.
Establish a church ministry using individuals with a heart for service. This group might consider themselves in continual training to learn how to rightly minister to the poor, and to involve other members in various aspects. The group could determine ways to meet needy people and discuss how to best help them. Ideally, they would pray together often about current individual situations.
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Consider the calls an opportunity
that God is setting up. An effective way to respond to phone calls from a needy
Because Of The Cross, we Can Love Others.
TREASURE THAT LASTS
This piece originally written in 1993, was part of a four page mailing that was sent to people who inquired about a compassionate church ministry. In 1996, it was edited into a newsletter that was mailed to friends of IHNM and to 400 churches in central Oklahoma.