As I reflect back on my 15 years of relief work with WELS Christian Aid and Relief, I think of all the times volunteers would come up to me and say, “They need so much, and what we are able to give them seems so little. I wish we could give them more.” This is the heart of a compassionate Christian speaking out in love for the victims of a disaster. To comfort that heart we must remind them that it is not the amount of what is given that matters most, but the motivation in which it is given. Christ gave us the ultimate gift of eternal life by giving his life on the cross. We then are compelled to show that same love and compassion to others out of thankfulness for that gift Christ gave to us. If we have that motivation in our hearts, amounts and material challenges become insignificant.
As I watch the trucks get loaded with their 40Kg bags of maize for this food distribution project in Malawi, I say to myself, “That is a lot of maize.” But when we get out to the villages and the families get their 20Kgs (which is about a medium sized bucket full), I say, “That seems like so little.” As I relayed this thought to one of the Malawian pastors he said to me, “You must remember, ten minutes ago this family had no maize and they don’t have much money at all to buy maize. Now they have more than they had and it was given freely to them. Remember, nothing is free in Malawi so, this is a huge blessing to them. And, to know that this gift of love and compassion came from their Lutheran brothers and sisters from around the world, is for many of them more than their emotions can handle.”
So, when we catch ourselves saying; “When Lord, did we see you hungry and fed you?,” remember what Christ said, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40. With God, a little maize can go a long way.
To date, the food distribution project has delivered 4,018 bags of maize to Lutheran Church of Central Africa (LCCA) congregations that were affected most by the floods back in January. We have another 5,977 bags to deliver before the rainy season starts in November. So far, by the grace of God, we are on track to do that. Please keep this project of Christian love in your prayers.
This project has only been made possible because of the generous donations made directly to the WELS Christian Aid and Relief flooding fund for Malawi. On behalf of the members of the LCCA, we thank you so very much.
WELS Christian Aid and Relief
Director of Operations
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