"In all this we must support the weak, remembering the words of our Lord Jesus, for he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " (Acts 20:35)
St. Paul gives us one of the most famous teachings of the Lord Jesus. As Paul is about to depart from the leaders of the Church in Ephesus, he reminds them of the importance of caring for the weak among them. This is a practical way of bearing witness to the love of God.
Thank you, Trinity, for trying to live out this teaching of our Lord, in all of the ways you share in ministries to those less fortunate. Today I want to celebrate with you what the Holy Spirit has made possible in our appeal to help the starving in Aleppo, Syria.
Through your sacrificial giving, we have now raised $8,800 to help ship cargo containers of food into Aleppo. Each container will hold packages of dehydrated meals. Each package will feed six people, and each container will hold approximately 272,160 meals. It costs $3,500 to ship one container.
Rae England, head of Love in Action, is coordinating these shipments. The food is being provided by Feed My Starving Children, a highly regarded and vetted organization that operates around the world. The shipments will be escorted by the head of Arab World Family Ministry, a Christian relief organization that operates out of Jordan.
The containers will go into Beirut, Lebanon, and will be sent to Tartus, in Syria. There the food will be off-loaded onto trucks and transported 2 1/2 hours to Aleppo. Separate efforts are underway to bring in badly needed medical supplies, since the Russians apparently targeted hospitals and clinics in their bombing campaign.
May God bless you for all that you do to try to live out of Jesus' teaching: "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Grace and peace,
Trinity United Methodist Church
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