What the World Needs {and a New Year Giveaway}

Before the Christmas break, my daughter Hannah volunteered to assist in their school’s activity to entertain and give out Christmas gift bags to poor children from an institution. I allowed her to be a part of it because I wanted her to be aware of the needs of less-fortunate children. When she came home late in the afternoon, she shared with me her experience. According to her, she and her other classmates who volunteered were very excited to welcome the children. They exerted a lot of effort repacking food items and placing them into plastic bags to be given out. They also prepared a program to entertain them. Hannah said that they expected the children to be really poor, like what she usually sees in my UNICEF correspondence.

But they were greatly disappointed when they saw that those children were clothed and arrayed in a more extravagant way than they were. Hannah and her classmate-friend were assigned to a girl of about their age. Hannah said that for a while, they gawked at the girl they were supposed to entertain and assist: she was wearing platforms and dangling earrings. (In their school, there are footwear and accessories that aren’t allowed and our Hannah is also taught at home to be simple). Hannah said that the girl didn’t portray the poor girl that she knew and expected, especially when she answered them that she played computer games most of the day back in the “home”. (I always show Hannah the pictures of poor children around the country that UNICEF features in their monthly newsletter. Sometimes, we also watch special programs on TV about the plight of the poor in our country).

I then checked the institution from where those children came from and it was some kind of a formation house and not an orphanage. I tried to downplay my daughter’s disappointment by explaining the purpose of the formation house, that maybe those were children who were not really that poor but they ended up in that place because maybe they ran away from home and they were living in the streets sniffing prohibited substance or committing other juvenile crimes.

Hannah said that the children looked like they didn’t really need the bags filled with canned goods, rice, noodles, etc. And I was thinking in the deeper sense, that is, spiritually. Yes, those bags weren’t really the answer to those young people’s problems.

Often, well-meaning people plan a gift-giving program for the poor especially during Christmas. This is a most admirable deed. But when we, as Christians, think about our real role as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is more to giving than giving materially, and not just for a special time of the year. What are we commanded to give first and foremost? What does the world really need?

We are commissioned to share the Gospel of salvation to “every creature under heaven” (Col. 1:23). We are to be Christ’s ministers. The Lord Jesus Christ IS the answer to people’s woes: addictions, problems, poverty, criminality…

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed. (Luke 4:18, emphasis added)

It’s true that the token of our love is to give to those who are in deep need, and by God’s grace, we are going to continue to do that. But foremost, we need to give Christ to the unsaved. The bread that we give to the hungry will last for only a meal with the hopes of momentarily quelling the hunger pangs. But what about the next day? And the next? We can never really fully satisfy the hungry nor fully supply the needs of the needy. But when they have Christ and they learn to put their trust in Him, the Lord will prosper them and bless them in all His loving and caring ways. 

I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. (Psalm 37:25)

We do not give only on Christmas. When we live giving the Living Bread, we give continuously.

I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world. (John 6:48-51)

Let’s give the world Jesus. For it’s not only the hungry stomachs that need to be filled, but the hungry souls.

May the coming year find us buried deeper in fervent service to God and our sights be farther away from our own selves and nearer to His will and to the things He cares about.

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Comments

  1. Lory says:

    Praise the Mighty Name of Dearest JESUS <3
    What a great thing to ponder at the beginning of the year. We need to know the one who gave up his life for us, The One who deserves to be worship. Only God can satisfy our soul. The bread of life. I need you Dearest JESUS., It is good to spread the gospel, like what you are doing po. :)

    Its truly a great privilege to reach out less fortunate people, Oh! How I wish to be a part of any volunteer organizations as well. It feels really good to know that someone is happy in your existence. For it is written, It is more blessed to give than to receive.~~~
    You are a blessing to everyone po. God bless your deeds.
    Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!!

  2. Marianne says:

    Praise the Mighty and Precious Name of Our Dearest Jesus!

    Whenever I surf the net, I always see to it that I take time to visit Healing Moments. Your messages are very inspiring, glory to God! Your site gives me an amazing opportunity to grow in my relationship with our Dearest Lord JESUS.

    Yes indeed, as Christians, we are to imitate His love as we seek to express to others the quality of initiative love He’s given to us. We do that by emulating how He has loved us. Paul said, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour” (Ephesians 5: 1, 2 )

    A Happy and Blessed New Year to you and your beloved family!
    More power and GOD bless…

  3. RinaPeru says:

    This is the comment of Sis. Veron for the New Year giveaway. It landed on another post because I posted the wrong link on Facebook:

    A blessed day po Ate Rina.. Merry Christmas po and a Blessed New Year..
    Reading your blog reminds me of our song in the choir last Wednesday entitled “You Are” and it goes like this,
    You are the love of my life,
    You are the hope that I cling to,
    You mean more than this world to me
    I wouldn’t trade You for silver or gold
    I wouldn’t trade You for riches untold
    You are, You are my everything
    And as i am singing this, the tears kept on falling for really, i felt that I am complete as long as I have my Dearest JESUS and He is my everything.. I may not have the money,the material things and fame that this world may offer, I may have trials and heartaches,but only to HIM i always turn to,say to Him that I am happy or in pain and I can definitely say that just having the LORD in my life makes me want to shout and tell everyone that I am the most content, complete person in the world.. and as I am continuing the song, and it goes,
    I couldn’t take one step without You, I could never go on
    I couldn’t live one day without You, I need you in my life..
    I guess, no one will be that “YOU” in my life but only our DEAREST LORD JESUS.
    That’s how I am complete in HIM..

    Kindly extend po my greetings also to Kuya Felix and your kids po.. Our Dear LORD JESUS bless you more po..

    Comment of Sis. Veron Pagulayan

  4. Faith D. says:

    PRAISE THE MIGHTY NAME OF OUR DEAREST JESUS!

    While reading the blog, it reminded me of what my classmates and I did during Saturdays in our Community Service. We are asked to go to the place where we can see poor kids and ask their parents if we can bring them to our school, for us to teach them and to share them the foods that we prepared for them from our contribution. Even though I’m so sleepy after the overnight service, I really make sure to still go to our school during Saturdays not because it is a requirement of our organization but for the kids whom I am so excited to deal with and for the learnings that those kids do impart to me/us. That’s the part of my high school life that I really missed. It really touched my heart whenever I heard some people like what Hannah and her classmates even individuals and group of people doing good deeds to others. Despite of life’s trials, hardships, and shortcomings, still, nothing will hinder people if it is for the good sake of other people. That’s also the brand of us, Filipinos, we are so cheerful in helping others.

    I am reminded of what my Dad is always telling me. We all have our own talents that our LORD has given us. Those talents must be used and shared it with other people. As Christians, different talents of His children called each of them to each of the ministries in His Holy Church. From that different ministries that we have, we are called to do that with the LORD as the center of it and for the people to know that the LORD has sent us to do the ministry for the world to be the better place to live in.

    We are His children who are called by His name to follow and serve the LORD to the best that we can so that HIS name will be glorified all over the world. HE is worthy to be praised for the wonderful and miraculous things that He did for us.

    God bless you and your family, Ate Rina. :)

  5. Carly says:

    What a wonderful article! My husband works for an organization (Healing Waters International) that believes very much the same thought process as you. Certainly there are physical needs to meet and that we are called to do so as the body of Christ. But the company and partners labor intensely for physical AND spiritual transformation for the people/communities they serve.

    Your daughter’s perspective is certainly valid and I appreciate her honesty and ability to be candid. Thank you to her and you for reminding us that we are called to serve where we’re called and most importantly bring the gospel with us unashamedly.

    Carly from Missional Women’s Faith Filled Friday

  6. RinaPeru says:

    Comment of Sis. Vanessa Santillan which landed on the wrong link:

    Praise the Mighty and Precious Name of our Dearest Lord Jesus Christ!

    Greetings!

    Happy New Year ate Rina and to your family as well.
    As I read your blog, there is something that pinch my heart, because it’s very true that majority of the people living away from God really believe that someone who can complete their lives is their partner to be and not our Lord Jesus Christ. I do believe, only Dearest JESUS can complete me, nobody greater, nobody but only Dearest JESUS…. In times of trouble and trials only Him whom I can call for help 24/7, He is always there! He never leave me nor forsake me…He gave me joy in my heart that nobody can give…He gave me a loving and God-fearing husband and He gave us a precious gift, our son, that completes our family…All the blessings comes only from our Dearest Jesus….It’s very true, only Dearest Jesus can complete us and nobody else…All things are possible to God!
    Your blog is full of encouragement and hope, very inspirational and it truly enlightens your readers.
    God bless you po and more power!

    Best Regards,

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