Daily Topic for January 14, 2009
One of the key ways that believers glorify God is by showing genuine compassion for the poor and the suffering. When disaster strikes, it’s the Christians who are most likely to respond. We don’t do it to be “blessed,” but to bring glory to Christ’s Name. Is His Name being glorified by the money you send and the actions you take to help the suffering?
Pray that the Lord will show you how He wants you to give, so that He will be glorified.
YWAM has harnessed the passion and energy of young people, and thrusts them in the front lines of mission work. Because most YWAMers have short rather than long-term mission commitments, few of their members go to language school. But some attempt to learn the local languages, such as Brittney Gustafson when she worked with AIDS orphans in Uganda. Gustafson lived with a local family in one of the poorest villages where she learned not only east Africa’s trade language, Swahili, but tried to learn the local language as well.
Like many YWAM recruits, Gustafson joined after graduating from college. With YWAM she went to South Africa where YWAM’s mission is to establish and support care centers for babies and children with AIDS. For three months she attended a discipleship training school that prepares people for cross-cultural mission work. Eventually Gustafson ended up in Uganda working with the Uganda Women Concern Ministry, which reaches out in a number of ways to the poorest people in surrounding villages. Her work included AIDS education, passing out blankets and mosquito nets, and teaching people how to protect themselves from AIDS. Gustafson says, “We really believe you can’t just come to people who are suffering and tell them about Jesus. You have to meet their basic needs first.”
(http://ywaminthenews.blogspot.com/2006/07/young-womans-mission-to-aids-orphans.html)Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for YWAM and other ministries as they try to make a difference with AIDS victims and orphans in Africa.-JS