Much is happening on the planet that could be construed as the end times spoken of in Revelations and throughout the Old and New Testament: war, disease, intensified persecution of Christians, famine, earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters. What then should be the response of Christians?
"'For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’" (Matthew 23: 35-40).
Christians need not stand around and only lament the state of the country or the world. If we are to follow Jesus, there's a lot to be done and prayers to be lifted on high. The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus making front line news on the internet is just one issue we can help to change. In a letter from Franklin Graham, Samaritans Purse director, he concludes that the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is the worse they've ever seen. One doctor states that it's an "epidemic straight from hell." Only about 10% of Ebola victims survive in rural areas while 90% suffer an agonizing death. To help the situation, Samaritan's Purse has sent over a dozen medical personnel to Liberia and operates the only facilities that are properly equipped to deal with Ebola.
One doctor reports that in order to work with Ebola patients he needs to don a space like suit to protect himself from infection and afterwards wash with chlorine to kill any germs that may have penetrated. The temperature in the suit can reach up to 115 degrees and takes someone dedicated to helping others to minister to those who fall victim to this deadly virus. Due to Samaritan's Purses help and early detection, they reported the first survivor in Liberia, Harrison Sakilla.
Not only does Samaritan's Purse minister to their physical needs, but the spiritual as well. They are committed to bring the gospel message to the suffering while sending medical missionaries. You can visit them on-line to find out how you can help in West Africa or many other countries in which they save.
But Samaritan's Purse is not the only Christian organization that has been helping in this and other crisis. Gospel for Asia provides hope for thousands of impoverished children though their program, Bridge of Hope. For years, Jaffna has been fighting a 26 year war against Sri Lanka that has cost thousands of lives, which has left many children homeless and abandoned. Gospel for Asia has provided food, clothing, shelter and education for these abandoned children as well as though Asia. In addition indigenous missionaries have also been bringing the gospel of hope through Asia to those who once hate God. You can help sponsor a child or missionary or give to one of their programs such as providing clean water, food, clothing or Bibles.
Many other Christian organizations also provide for the needs of those close to home and around the world, GAIN, (Global Aid Network), whose regional headquarters is in Lancaster County Pennsylvania ships tons of clothing as well as food packets around the world to countries like Guatemala, Zimbabwe, Malawi and throughout Africa. They believe that in feeding the hungry they are fulfilling biblical mandates that open the door for relationships to be formed and the gospel shared. Gain hosts clothing and food packing events if you want to get involved.
Other Christians organizations that help children are World Vision and Compassion International. You can choose to sponsor a child to pay for clean water, food, clothing and education through these and other organizations. With all the freedoms and riches American Christians enjoy, even in a languishing economy and a threat to Christian rights, we don't have to forget our brothers and sisters around the world We can walk according to His way.
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