Monday, June 30, 2008

How to Overcome Poverty

My dad sent me this quote from Thomas Edison, and it is so true that I wanted to share it on my blog.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

Ever since we started our church in the city, right across the street from the city mission for the homeless, the Lord has all0wed us to minister to some people from the streets. We are thankful for this opportunity, as the Lord said that they that are whole need not a physician, but those who are sick. So we try to encourage these people to see that their biggest need in life first is the spiritual, and that the Lord can give them a new life, free from addictions and the lifestyle of sin.

Another great need here is for these people to become responsible for their actions. This is the difficult part. Many have no job skills, or lack legal papers to "officially" work in the Canary Islands, but must work in the underground economy doing construction, cleaning houses, etc. Sometimes it is hard to know when God would want us to help them by providing basic needs, or when we need to back off and let them learn how to become less dependent on others by teaching them the value of hard work and other life skills. We want to have the Lord's direction on this, and not have hearts of stone that becomes indifferent to the needs of the people God has given us to reach, yet also teach them that it is rewarding to work and see how the Lord can prosper those who are willing to obey Biblical principles.

1 comment:

Rebecca Gay said...

I am so glad that I found your blog today! A friend of mine is also serving as a missionary in the Canary Islands , so I was researching a little on the internet and found your blog. What you and your family are doing is wonderful & I will be sure to add you to my prayer list. Keep up the good work!
-Rebecca Gay