“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 25:40
Overwhelmed by the gravity of all that’s been happening on a world-wide scale lately, I’ve been quietly trying to sort out and process all that it means…and how I can help in addition to praying.
Because when we love Christ, we want to express our love in tangible ways. Ways that benefit not only the recipient, but the Kingdom of God.
But the need has seemed incalculable…too great to even know where to begin, leaving my heart aching and yearning for answers. For hope. Based on the comments and emails I received on a recent post, yours has been too.
It just so happens that I live in a community that has the 2nd largest population of Chaldeans (Iraqi Christians) in the nation, second only to Detroit. As you know, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians are being targeted by the extremist Muslim militant group known as ISIS. Christians who are being given 3 choices when confronted by ISIS: convert to Islam, leave, or be killed. There are members in my own community who have family and friends who are in dire need of tangible help.
I’m not of Chaldean decent. I’m a white girl from the South. I’m not Catholic. I attend a Protestant church. I don’t know a single soul in Iraq. But I am a Christian, and that makes me a sister in Christ to those who are being persecuted and martyred for their faith. And quite honestly, the gravity of that is still settling into my bones.
So when the members of my own church were invited by our pastor, Dr. Jim Garlow, to attend a rally organized by a local Chaldean Catholic church, I put it to prayer and decided to go. I didn’t know what to expect and wasn’t sure if they would be showing horrific images of their fellow Christians being slaughtered. I was relieved to find it was an auction/fundraiser, with 100% of the money being raised going directly to the churches in Iraq. These churches are taking in hundreds of Christian refugees a day, but are ill-equipped to handle the everyday needs of the masses.
When I got home, I couldn’t sleep, so I opened my Bible and began to read in Matthew.
“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 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 clothed You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison and came 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 25:34-40
For the first time, I noticed the emphasis on the act of doing (the giving) and not the size of the gift. I sensed the Lord asking me in my spirit:
“How much is one drink of water worth to someone who hasn’t had a drink in 3 days? Can you spare a dollar to give one drink?
What is the value of one meal to someone whose belly aches with hunger? Can you give a few dollars to buy one meal?
Can you calculate the worth of one article of clothing when someone is without clothes? How much would it take for you to give enough to put one shirt on someone’s back?
With a fresh understanding, I realized the truth that every gift holds equal value to the Lord when given from the heart.
One gift can save a life.
I’m one who gave one (gift). Will you give one?
Here’s where YOU come in…
A relief fund has been established by the local Catholic Diocese.
*100% of the donations are distributed directly to churches in Iraq and surrounding borders who are caring for and harboring refugees.
*Your donation is tax deductible under 501(c)(3).
Please consider giving one.
One gift that amounts to:
One bottle of water,
One article of clothing,
One blanket, and so on.
Click to give here: iraqichristianrelieffund.org
14kt white gold Arabic “N” necklace with 16″ chain. “N”, or ن , is the first letter of the Arabic word for Christian, “Nasrani” or Nazarene. It is being used as a sign of solidarity and support for our Christian brothers and sisters being persecuted for their faith.
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