Daily Topic for January 11, 2012
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. Pray that His Name will be 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 through you.
“We lost everything—even hope,” Jameelah admitted to his wife Deka. Ignoring the tears on her cheeks he continued, “Is even this the will of Allah, the merciful?”
This couple speaks the Jiiddu language. Jiiddu is a language spoken by people in southern Somalia. They are among the hardest hit by the famine in East Africa. Jameelah and Deka sold their meager household goods. Their cattle died. With two children near death, they arrived at a refugee camp arranged by their Sultan Hassan Aliyow. Here a Christian aid ministry, “Feed My Starving Children” (FMSC), welcomed them with nutritious food, shelter, and hope (http://kstp.com/kstpImages/repository/cs/files/FMSC_2011_HornofAfricaFamine.pdf).
Sultan Aliyow lives in Minnesota not far from the FMSC offices. God arranged a connection between the followers of Jesus at FMSC and the Sultan who desperately sought to do all he could to save his people back in Somalia. Holly Donato, from FMSC, expresses their desire, “As a Christian organization, we get to demonstrate the love of Jesus by sending meals to the Jiiddu people of Somalia. ‘Love without borders’ is how many African Christians translate the phrase ‘Agape love.’ This arrangement expresses that kind of love.”
Pray for FMSC and other aid groups who show Christ’s love to the least of these. Pray that Jiiddu people will connect the new hope they feel with Jesus as the author of hope. Pray that they will embrace His love and mercy.