I am consistently challenged at the fact that I have a responsibility is to give, and give freely. Not only our finances but also our time. God is forever showing me that I can make a difference, from right where I am. I ache to dig my toes into African soil once again, but even if that day never comes, I know that I don't have to go there to greatly change someone's life.
We are blessed with material things that make our lives easier and even a bit more enjoyable. It's not something we should feel guilty about, but it should call us to action. After all, everything we have is a gift from the Lord, who are we to keep to ourselves? It's too easy to get caught up in our norm and forget about how the majority of the world defines 'normal'.
There are many who would love to give, but do not know where to start or what organizations to trust.
I've put together a few links for anyone who is interested. I encourage you to browse through some of the websites, holiday catalogs and giving options. Even if you can't give one penny, maybe it will provide you with a better understanding of the needs around the world, maybe it will draw you to pray for complete strangers, or perhaps it will spark an interest. You may be amazed at the need, and how little it costs to fill it.
Oprah perked people's interest when she decided to donate goats a few years back. They generate income, provide milk, food and can help support an entire village. When I was in Uganda, they slaughtered a goat and used it to help feed the entire camp. I'll spare you the visuals. A goat is one simple thing that can help save a life, quite literally. Check out all of the others:
Below are just some of the national and international organizations that together, millions of people depend on to survive. Click on their logo to view what each organization is doing to serve others & what you can do to help.
Locally, there are numerous food banks, homeless shelters, children agencies and nursing homes that depend on people's generousity. You don't need to look far to find someone to love.
"Freely you have received, freely give."