Author: Sarah Rexford
Oftentimes we hear stories of families in third world countries who struggle to live without running water or basic necessities essential to life. We click “share” on social media and feel good about ourselves.
After all, we are spreading the word they need help, right?
But what if serving those in need looked like getting our hands dirty?
Month after month we get the privilege of serving those in need and seeing despair turn to hope. It’s not always easy to step into the disaster and see the pain up close. But it is always worth it.
Last year we responded to hurricane disasters by sending hygiene kits to states all over the country. You helped us pack those hygiene kits. Without you, it would have been an insurmountable job.
We then transported these kits to the middle of the devastation.
People who needed basics like washcloths and toothbrushes received them…all because we worked together in a warehouse in Michigan.
Sometimes getting our hands dirty looks like taking an afternoon to put toothbrushes in baggies. Sometimes it looks like preparing soap and washcloths for shipment.
Last year we chose to work together. Together we accomplished so much.
Already this year we have packed countless hygiene kits and prepared them for shipment. Together we will continue to accomplish so much.
However, serving those in need is not just a response to disaster.
Serving those in need is also a great privilege.
Just as Jesus served, we are called to follow in His footsteps by also serving. We never want to underestimate this honor.
As we move into a new month and further into 2018, let’s not forget the privilege it is to serve. After all, seeing despair turn to hope is always a joy to be part of!