One of the things that motivates World Outreach International is a compelling desire to help those in need. From time to time, natural disasters strike communities, often with devastating results. We want to be enabled to help these communities quickly and practically.
To do so, we’re working hard to establish networks and relationships with charities and agencies that specialise in humanitarian aid, especially in places where we have an existing presence. We’re also seeking to raise funds that we can have at our disposal to respond immediately to any need anywhere. Would you please help us?
A lesson from the Parable of the Good Samaritan
Trying to evade any responsibility to love his neighbour as himself, an expert in Old Testament Law once asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?” In reply, Jesus gave what is commonly known as the “Parable of the Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37). One of the lessons taught in the parable is that compassion is more than sentiment. Sentiment is when we are moved. Compassion is when we are moved to do something. When the Samaritan saw the wounded man, “he took pity on him” (Luke 10:33), put him on his donkey, bandaged and attended the injured man’s wounds, and paid for his recovery in the inn out of his own pocket. He felt something and he did something.
Based on this parable, what is compassion? It is love in ACTION! It is more than emotion, sympathy, or feeling indignation about the plight of people. It is being moved enough to do something about it.
By giving to this special appeal to raise funds for humanitarian crises, you are not only feeling something about people in crisis, but actively doing something to make a difference.