“Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world, when He could do something about it…..but I’m afraid He might ask me the same question.” -Anonymous
It’s so exciting to see how ordinary everyday families can truly make a difference in the lives of those in need in our world! I wanted to share an inspirational story of one such family, the Block Family who through joyful obedience to God are being the hands and feet of Christ today. The above quote forms the header on their BLOG page where you will find many amazing stories of real people whose lives are being touched in the name of Christ. Check it out at:
We tend to think in our mindset of what’s relative to us – our comfortable homes, churches, schools, doctors’ offices and so on, and we easily forget or even have no idea that the majority of people in the world are nowhere close to our level of comfort. How often do we walk several hours each way to attend church? How often do we wash our laundry in a metal tub in the back yard? How often do our family members die of infections that could easily be treated with inexpensive antibiotics?
We often times get caught in the untruth of “My contribution makes little difference”, so we don’t do anything. The Block Family gave up their American comforts and now live full time in Guatemala giving their lives for children in need there. Imagine if they had said “My contribution makes little difference”? They are living proof that it does!
Tomorrow, February 3rd the Blocks’ teenage daughter Addisyn is challenging everyone to give up their lunch and donate the money they would have spent on lunch for this one day to go to their family’s ministry in Guatemala to fund school scholarships. So…..a few people giving up their lunch money won’t make a difference right? You tell that to the children at the Adami Tulu Preschool in Ethiopia who last year were the recipients of Addisyn’s lunch money challenge that raised over $6,000! One person’s lunch money combined together when the body of Christ takes action can make a huge difference!
Even if you never combine your contribution with others it can still be “KINGDOM HUGE”. Just buy a person you see on the street this week a lunch, or visit the nursing home and take a few minutes to listen to a resident, or help organize clothing donations at your local pregnancy crisis center and you will BE making a difference. It all counts for God. And that is NEVER in vain.
When I skip my lunch tomorrow I’m going to take that time to stop and pray for blessing for the Block Family, for their work, for the children and families in Guatemala. I’m going to be more satisfied tomorrow knowing I am making a difference than any slap-up lunch could offer! Where is God calling you this week to make a difference?