Christian Comment with Graham Collins of Holy Trinity, Stroud
9:10am Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
I WAS leading a Harvest Praise Service this month which included a video relating to life in Madagascar.
Now, I don’t know about you but I must admit that Madagascar does not feature regularly in my thoughts let alone my prayers.
The stories told on behalf of Water Aid were harrowing including women walking for three hours to obtain water and dirty water at that and one in ten people, meaning millions, without toilet facilities.
It seemed so simple to help too, knowing that £10 buys two taps or if we all clubbed together, £1,000 would provide a village with a new water well and the long-term benefits for all the local population that clean water gives.
It reminds us that Jesus spent all his life amongst those in need.
He constantly looked to provide people with a sense of self-worth and encouraged them to overcome their challenges.
We are often focused upon our own problems and I have heard people say - why help those overseas when we have our own needs.
It is very easy to be inward looking but Jesus taught us to be generous and to look outside ourselves, for in giving we receive.
This is particularly true when giving to those that have little and only experience true love through the generosity of others.
I have seen evidence of this in places like India and Africa and how it transforms lives.
At this Harvest time can I encourage you who are able, to reach out to those in need and provide prayers and financial support.
I will certainly be remembering and supporting Madagascar.