There are many stories that come from different parts of the world about a variety of human struggles contrasted against creative humanitarian solutions that your faithful support can make possible.
There are many challenges and opportunities facing East Africa: villagers in remote Kenya who needed simple farm tools to make a living and provide safe water to drink and a clinic to heal their sick children; a family in Kuria West District of Kenya, suddenly poor and hungry because their breadwinner had been killed by cattle rustlers or injured and left unemployed; young women in Kuria South District who escaped the bonds of sexual exploitation but needed counseling and training in order to rebuild their lives; innocent children in Masaba Division born with disabilities, in need of a safe haven, therapy and a loving home.
The hungry, thirsty, impoverished, sick and abused people in these stories have very different problems, but one thing in common: they are among “the least privileged” that need every man of good will to come and offer support. We are the people who can make the world a better place to live in. There is need to respond to human need.
Christians read in Matthew 25:35-45 that Jesus says clearly that they are required to respond compassionately to those in need. He explains in no uncertain terms that acting compassionately is not merely an option among many: that there are rewards for those who heed the message and punishment for those who ignore it.
The part of the Scripture that resonates most deeply in my heart is where Jesus inserts Himself into those in need. “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.” Those words are etched so deeply into my subconscious that when I look into the eyes of a vulnerable child, I actually see Christ looking back at me.
By reaching out to the needy with compassion we are not only serving our fellow man, but literally serving Christ Himself! What a mind-boggling and exciting thought. Come out and help us serve an ever-increasing number of the least of these.
Evans Magwe is the director of the director of Nyabohanse Children Rescue Centre in Kenya.