As we know, light shines brightest during the darkest times, and there is no better time to shine than now. Individually or corporately, God has giving us an opportunity like no other to bring hope and love to a broken and fallen world during this pandemic.
In the month of April in the city of Campo Largo near Curitiba, Parana, I had the opportunity, through a partnership with ANS Ministries, to bless over 10 families who were in critical need of food. ANS Ministries and its partners donated enough money to purchase 22 bundles of food almost equaling 500 pounds!!
The food was gladly accepted by all the families and brought great relief, but what really made their day was the fact that they were remembered. Many people in their situation are completely written off by society and even shunned. We not only remembered them, we let them know they were valued.
Many of us are constantly valued by parents, relatives, friends or even co-workers and it may seem like something insignificant, but to them it means the world. Some of these people won't feel valued at all during any point in their lives. Society and maybe a good chance sometimes even you and I have deemed them as dead weight, a lost cause, or worthless. But, I love buts, the cross tells a different story, The cross says that yet when we were all sinners, or in other words of no value, God loved us and gave us His only Son to die for us all.
See, if it were not for that cross I would not be able to see the value in those people or any other people for that fact, much less love them and serve them. Yet because I was first loved, valued and the power of the Cross got a hold of me, I could fulfill my call to love my neighbor as myself and serve them as Christ desired.
Serving those people was such a blessing to me, because I got to supply both their material and spiritual needs. Thank you, ANS Ministries and partners, for allowing me to be part of the vision God has placed on your heart of taking the Gospel to every corner of the Earth.