The lovingkindness of Jesus is played and replayed over and over through His followers. This is how they prove their faith —> through love. Faith that works through love (Gal. 5:6). We cannot follow Him without living and loving like Him. And it’s a great comfort to know that He is ever-present in our lives and He ever guides us in this world where evil pervades. We know love and are able to love because He first loved us.
Even before the last school year ended last March, I was thinking of adding one more child to our group of sponsored children. The last school year passed without a hitch, by God’s grace, and our three sponsored children were happy, receiving good grades and garnering medals. Praise the Lord! Our family doesn’t sponsor through Compassion International. Our Church, Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry, is not affiliated with them. We sponsor children from among our beloved brethren in Church, prioritizing those who are either fatherless or orphans.
I had been meaning to request a sister in Christ in the Visayas to look for such a child this summer in time for the new school year in June. But all pastoral workers and choir members are busy all throughout summer, what with spiritual revival and healing crusades happening all over the country.
At the same time, I was also looking for a stay-out laundrywoman. I wanted to maintain just one stay-in housekeeper (I’m happier and better off that way 😀 ). I believed that was the perfect arrangement for our family. So, I prayed earnestly for it. Through the help of other sisters in Christ that I contacted, one day, I received a call from a beloved preacher’s wife from one of our Church’s outreach stations near our place. She said she had somebody she could give us to do our laundry twice a week. I was elated.
One night, before the laundrywoman (also a sister in Christ, I was told) was expected to report for work, we had unexpected visitors. I had not seen them before. They were pastoral workers from the outreach I had mentioned above, including the beloved preacher’s wife and the laundrywoman. They came to check our place. Before they arrived, I was struggling for breath, doing my best to keep still to be able to recover. My husband received them. Before they left, they entered our bedroom and offered to pray over me and lay their hands on me. And I revived! We talked for a while, sharing our testimonies to each other, and crying a little as we pondered on the love of Jesus for each one of us. Oh, I felt the love and comfort of Jesus right there and I was refreshed!
Later on, as Sis. Melanie (the one the Lord sent to wash and iron our clothes) came in and out of our home, we learned that her beloved husband was sick and unable to work. They have 6 kids, the eldest is 13 while the youngest is 2. One afternoon before she left, she confided to me how she felt burdened working and providing for the family alone. I offered to find other households from our neighborhood who might be looking for a stay-out laundrywoman. And on that same night, I discussed with my husband my intention to sponsor one of Sis. Melanie’s children. He agreed at once. I am happy with our decision.
I am amazed at how the Lord never gives up working through us. And it is always a blessing to be used by Him. He blesses us as we bless others. In His Kingdom, no one is really left out: everyone has a need and something to give. It’s God’s love and care working through the brethren that makes the Body of Christ beautiful.
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ (Mat. 25:40)
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