I am currently in Madrid, Spain, attending a conference on transformation and revival. Much of it focuses on the need for personal transformation and prayer to bring about revival and transformation of our communities.
Whilst walking with friends in Madrid yesterday, I took this photo of the ‘Homeless Jesus’ sleeping on a bench outside a cathedral. I touched the hole in the foot of the statue, a reminder of the nail that he endured for me. Unfortunately, Madrid, like so many cities worldwide has a significant issue with homelessness.
How do we as Christian men and women respond to those in need? If we are honest with ourselves, do we walk past and ignore the homeless, do we engage by offering food or clothing, do we speak about Christ?
As the winter months are upon us, let us make sure to offer love in a practical way to all who need it. The practical demonstration of our love and the love of Christ to those in need is often more powerful than words ever could be.
If Christ was present in human form with us today, I don’t think we would let him sleep on a park bench. So why do we let our fellow man do so? Reach out and show a little love today.
I am pleased to report that in partnership with a sister church in Spain, our church in Győr, Hungary raised money to buy a new washing machine for Vis de Copil in Arad, Romania. We also were able to buy food and cleaning products and leave a substantial amount of money for building repairs.
Vis de Copil serve the poorest of the poor (the homeless, families where single unemployed mums look after multiple children, beggars, prostitutes and drug addicts). They offer a hot meal, a place to shower and wash clothes and education and safety for children. It is still awful to see little kids begging daily in Arad but I am grateful that Vis de Copil are doing something to help these little ones!
The current washing machine was on its last legs when I came with a mission team from our church in August. With much love and generosity we could provide this new machine. I am so grateful to our church family in Győr and also to our brothers and sisters in Spain! You are all wonderful, thank you!
Whilst in Arad I was also able to help unload about 400 Christmas shoe boxes from Ireland that arrived. What a blessing to serve in so many ways!
Matthew 25:35-36 says: ‘For 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, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ We have recently had the privilege of doing just that. According to statistics taken from 2012. there are 450-500 homeless people living in Győr. About 270 live in homeless shelters, the others are out on the streets even in the harshest weather conditions. That is around 200 people… We can not solve the world’s problems at once but we can all do something. And we do not have to do it alone. The members of the local Baptist Church cook a meal every Wednesday throughout the winter months for the homeless. We were able to team up with them to provide a meal for all that came. It was such a blessing to be a part of it. We are giving thanks to God who provides all our needs and more. We are thankful to our friends from all over the world who support our work here in Hungary. We thank you for supporting us in the past and in the future. Our hope and prayer is to continue working for God’s glory. The menu was Hungarian Goulash soup with bread.
Several months ago, as part of our continued outreach to the people of Táp we introduced an American church to the need in this village. Through the generosity of this church in the U.S. and the hard work of our friends Roy and Lainey Hitchman and Kathy, the village of Táp was given financial support to begin self sustainable farming. The church provided the funds and the people of Táp the labour to plant and harvest vegetables.
The vegetables have all been picked and given to those in need. A total of about four hundred kilos of corn, cabbage, cauliflower and paprika were harvested. Potatoes were also planted and about 4000 kilos were harvested! What an amazing blessing! Used well, a small gift can impact so many people. This Autumn many families (about 15ö families in total) are being blessed and fed through the generosity of Christians they never met. Please pray that this act of love will bring many to know Christ as their Saviour. As important as it is to feed and clothe the poor, we recognize that telling them about the love of Christ is the most important thing we as believers can do.