+ Excerpt from Deuteronomy 24: You shall not deprive an immigrant or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow’s garment in pledge… When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, do not glean what is left; it shall be for the immigrant, the orphan, and the widow. Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I am commanding you to do this.
Confession: I have more than 1 winter coat. I have more than 2 days of food in my cupboards. I have multiple pairs of shoes. And when we talked about it in the Community Christian Church Youth Group last Sunday- we learned that every kid in our youth group also enjoys this level of wealth.
On Sunday night, we studied this passage from Deuteronomy- where Moses reminds God’s people that they have worked hard for every privilege they enjoy- but they must not forget they used to be slaves in Egypt.
In this passage, Moses advices God’s people that they should leave behind a portion of all they harvest for the immigrant, the orphan, and the widow- even though these people haven’t ‘earned’ these gifts or ‘worked’ for them.
Sunday is my 32nd Birthday- and I honestly don’t need a thing. But that’s not true for my neighbors.
I have neighbors in the Democratic Republic of Congo who need conflict and displacement assistance (immigrants and refugees who need fruits from our harvest to be offered to them).
I have neighbors in the Philippines who need typhoon assistance for relief and recovery (orphans and widows who need a corner of our abundance to rebuild their lives).
This year- I invite everyone I know to make a donation to Week of Compassion in honor of my birthday. Instead of buying me a birthday card at $3.99 and spending $0.50 on a stamp to mail it- donate $5 online to Week of Compassion- the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The church I serve is establishing a “Circle of Compassion” fund- we aim to raise $10,000 in 2014 to establish a named fund that continues to provide blessings and support for the ministry organization we love. The term “circle of compassion” is described beautifully by Week of Compassion on their website: “Sometimes we give, and at other times we receive, but most of the time we cannot tell the difference. We are always blessed in both the receiving and the giving, and so the circle continues.”
At Community Christian Church, we have reached 75% of our goal- and for my birthday this year- I would love for everyone I love to join in the effort to continue the circle of compassion in the world.
Thank you for considering this invitation to participate in a ministry that equips and empowers disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities.
To give, click on this link- and to support our fund- be sure to designate your gift to “North Canton Community Christian Church Circle Fund” http://www.weekofcompassion.org/give/
For those who donate- here is a visual grid that shows the responsible, generous, and transparent distribution of every dollar donated to Week of Compassion: