October 21, 2007

being used by God to help the Filipino poor

Their vision is:
"To Free Every Filipino Child And Their Family From Poverty."


Children. Poverty. Filipino. Three issues that are dear to my heart (though the second is something that should be fought, not inculcated!).


The Philippine Christian Foundation came into being when British Jane Walker visited the Philippines and saw for herself the country's poorest of the poor: begging in the streets, living in garbage dumps, barely surviving. Ten years later, Ms. Walker and PCF are featured in a recent Philippine Daily Inquirer article, entitled "Angel of the dump walks barefoot to save children".

I am so encouraged by stories of people who give --- especially in this dog-eat-dog and/or no-free-lunch culture we are told we should live in.

You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. --- Matthew 5:38-39; Luke 6:27-29

I am challenged by people who give their entire lives to help others.

If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. And if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. --- Luke 6:29-31; Matthew 5:41-42

The question is NOT "what about their needs?"

And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. --- Philippians 4:19

But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. --- Matthew 6:33

The question is, what must we do?

Like this thought-provoking article from John Rowell says:

God so loved the world that He gave—and so must we.


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