Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:16)
Writing in his book, The Practice of Godliness, Jerry Bridges reminds us, “There are tremendous needs in the world today, and we Christians ought to be involved in meeting those needs.”
The apostle John made it clear.
If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need, but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him. (1 John 3:17)
Mr. Bridges continues, “We should give to our church and to the work of missions, but we should not overlook the fact that the most well-known passage in the Bible on giving… has to do with giving to the poor.”
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
Seemingly small gestures can have an enormous effect. Before leaving for Bethel, Nicaragua on July 2nd, Doug Van Wirt, made a detour to get medicine for a young lady named Ixcell who is a patient in a Managua hospital. The medicine she requires isn’t available in Nicaragua.
Mindful of the departure time, the extra time to get the medicine was a little unsettling for Doug, but the flight was uneventful, easing he nerves.
Upon arrival, Juan Carlos, the girl’s father and a Vision Nicaragua local staff member, drove Doug and the medicine straight to the hospital. As they entered Ixcell’s room, she greeted them with a beautiful smile. When her dad told her about the medicine, she cried for joy. The doctor gave her the first injection about an hour later.
With more work to do, Juan Carlos and Doug drove on 2 hours further north to the Vision Nicaragua Mission Center.
Doug updated this post on July 27th with good news.
“Thank you for those of you who prayed for Ixcell in Nicaragua. The antibiotic did its job, and by the grace and mercy of God, she has been discharged from the hospital and is now HOME!”