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Why I care about the poor…. It strengthens my relationships with God

Why I care about the poor…. It strengthens my relationships with God

If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord – and He will repay you.

Do we really believe this biblical truth: that God, the creator of all life, becomes indebted to use when we help the poor?
God always repays us. Sometimes He does it in ways we don’t even recognise or appreciate.

Why I care about the poor… because by doing so I minister to Jesus

Why I care about the poor… because by doing so I minister to Jesus

Why feed one person when there are millions starving? Because it makes a difference to that person, and you are doing it for Jesus – it means a lot to Him.
As much as you have done it to one of these (verse 40)… don’t think that what you are doing is insignificant. As they say “If you think you are too small to make a difference, you have never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.”
Remember that God is not a God of poverty, but He is a God of the poor.

Central to God’s righteousness and justice is a concern for the poor

Central to God’s righteousness and justice is a concern for the poor

The book of Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings, helping us to live a godly lifestyle in an ungodly world.

It is not coincidental that there are around 2,100 verses in the bible dealing with poverty. Sometimes we can think that people are poor because they are lazy, but more often than not, poverty is linked to oppression and exploitation.

Christian service results in righteousness and justice

Christian service results in righteousness and justice

God is not impressed by our wisdom, might and riches unless it is accompanied by loving-kindness, justice and righteousness. As we get to know and understand God more, hopefully, this knowledge leads to love which then leads to service.

The theological basis for Christian service

The theological basis for Christian service

The message is clear: faith without works is dead. There is only one kind of saving faith – the one that bears the fruit of good works.
We cannot have true faith without corresponding good works.

God does not love us because we are good; we are good because God loves us. Faith without works is bribery. Works without faith is slavery. Faith with works is Christianity.

If we had a mission statement

If we had a mission statement

A few years ago, it became trendy for every organisation to have a mission statement: something that would tell others in clear, simple terms what the organisation was trying to achieve.

We’ve never really had a mission statement at Hands of Compassion, but I think the words of Jesus in Luke 4:18-19 best describe who we hope to be:

The context in which Hands of Compassion was born

The context in which Hands of Compassion was born

Hands of Compassion was started in 1987, a time of great political turmoil and moral uncertainly in South Africa. It was the height of apartheid, and we were grappling with how to respond to this cruel and unbiblical social system.