Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching at church. I taught on the biblical value of honor - honor for God, honor for our pastor...honor for one another.
At the end of the service, an old man (who has been there once or twice before) came up to Brigit and me and asked a question that really made me think....he asked for some coffee. Not a cup of coffee, but the remaining half of a pot of coffee that was made for the people at church. Unfortunately, I had just dumped it out and cleaned the pot as we were preparing to leave.
This gentleman was not looking for a casual "cup of Joe"; he was looking to take it home because he is so desparately poor that this would be an integral part of his "food" consumption for the day.
Of course the man was able to speak with Rosalina - the gal who is charge of the Hands of Mercy ministry at the church. She gave him some rice and beans...
I have learned that a million people starve to death everyday in the world. I want to do more to help the poor...
So this morning, as you have your daily cup of coffee, think about those in the world who won't have enough to eat today. Try to find a way to make a difference in their lives!
(PS - I have also learned that the beans and rice pantry at our church is almost always out of stock - if you would like to make a donation to help fill the shelves, visit our website and put a note that says "Hands of Mercy" on the Paypay form.)
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Scott & Brigit Bogard
Founders of Touch of Fire Ministries, Inc. based out of Greenwood, Indiana.
Here are some links to some of our favorite books!
~ The Challenge of Missions (the BEST book on world missions we have every read!)
~ The End of America (I know it sounds bleak, but it is worth the read - end times type book)