34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Because the sickness grunge has hit our household again, I laid on the sofa all day yesterday watching television while my daughter was at school. I caught up on the episodes of Life Today that I TiVo Monday-Friday.
Life Outreach International is a ministry founded and led by James and Betty Robison. Life Today is their weekday television program. Life Outreach focuses heavily on international missions, specifically with providing clean drinking water for children and their families in foreign countries. Yesterday’s episode focused on their current clean water campaign called Water for Life. To view all or a portion of the show yesterday, click here.
It will break your heart to watch those small children drinking water that I wouldn’t give to a pet. I don’t flush my toilet with water that looks like that, and these children and their families drink it because it’s the only access to water that they have. Life Outreach International goes in and drills water wells that will supply these people with water for life. The cost of one water well is $4,800. That amount allows them to place a well in a strategic area that will provide water for a lifetime to an average of 1,000 people. Forty-eight hundred dollars may seem like a lot of money for one person to give, but do you know that for a donation of just $24, 5 people can have clean water? Forty-eight ($48) dollars will help 10 people, $72 will help 15, and $144 will provide for 30 people. I urge you to go view the video at Life Today and prayerfully consider a donation of any amount to support this crucial ministry for children and their families in need.
Another organization to check out would be Compassion International. We have been sponsoring a child for a couple of years now. Her name is Ashwini, and she is appoximately five months older than my daughter. If Ashwini lived here, they might very well be friends. But she doesn’t live here. Nor does she have access to all which my daughter has access. To read more about recent Compassion trips blogged about in the Christian community, visit here, here, and here (thanks, Janel, at Dandelion Dayz for the link).
I believe in these ministries and what they are doing with all my heart. God has not called me, at least not yet anyway, to visit the places where these who are suffering live. But I can monetarily support “the least of these.” Won’t you please consider doing the same?