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Thank you for your generosity | Crossroads

By Riverine Herald

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."

Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV)

The Salvation Army has just wrapped up its Red Shield Appeal for 2020.

And I would like to thank and congratulate the multitude of generous people in our Echuca-Moama community for helping us raise $8,172 which stays in our community to help the disadvantaged.

The week of August 2-9 is recognised as National Homeless week. The number of homeless people in our society is growing, even though most of us are fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads and shelter from the weather.

We have a warm cosy bed to sleep in but there are those in our community who only have the sky to sleep under.

Most of us don’t know much about real hunger and thirst. From time to time we might complain that we are famished as we wait for our next meal. But our health is hardly threatened when dinner is delayed for an hour or we miss a meal!

For Jesus it was very different. As a person who lived in poverty, He knew the weakening effects of hunger and thirst.

He understood the plight of the needy as He too had no place to call home as we see in

Luke 9:58 (NIV) Jesus replied: “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”

As part of our emergency relief ministry, we often see people who are homeless and hungry who have no place to lay their heads except on concrete pavements or the ground and have very little food or clothing.

Through your support we are able to give some assistance and the amazing part is that when we help people who are less fortunate, we are actually giving a helping hand to the Lord Himself. As He said in Matthew 25.

I encourage you to continue to support our community and to look for small ways to help make a difference to those who are sleeping rough out in the cold during this National Homelessness week and beyond.

Prayer

Lord, help us to see You in the destitute people in our community, in our country, and beyond. May we find concrete ways to help them. Protect them from the elements and from danger. In Your Name we pray, Amen.

Sonia Edwards,

Echuca-Moama Salvation Army