Can You Save A Life With $5?
What will $5 get you these days? It may not seem like a lot, but I'm sure we could come up with plenty of things to do with just $5. On Sundays, I attend New Life Church, in New Lenox IL, and last month this is one of the things that they intended to make us think about.
Before the service was over, everyone in the church received $5 from the church and we were instructed to think about what we could do with that $5. We were told not to simply throw the $5 back into the offering at a later service, but instead to actually consider what we might use it for, in a way that would bring glory to God.
Should I just find a person who needs some money and give them the $5? Should I donate the $5 to a worthy charity and cause? What should I do with the $5?
Upon pondering this for a while, I eventually received word about what I could do with my $5. Richard Stearns, is the president of a very big non profit organization called, World Vision. World Vision is often seen in countries throughout the world where individuals and families are in great need. In other countries people regularly need water, food, medicine, and everyday things that people like myself have in abundance. World Vision tries to insure that these people get these needs as often as possible.
Anyway, I received word from Richard Stearns, who wanted to share a message regarding one of the workers who recently returned from Niger, and a very young boy named, Sabiou. When the worker first came into contact with Sabiou, he was hard to look at, and was clearly malnourished. She wondered how much longer he would live in such a condition, and medicines finally arrived. Doctors treated Sabiou with medicine for malaria, along with an antibiotic, and something else that was called Plumpy'nut.
Plumpy'nut is very nutritious, rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, and it is even considered to be a cure for malnutrition. Would this be able to cure Sabiou, even in his current condition?
4 days later the worker went back to visit Sabiou, and she said that he was completely transformed. He was so small, but full of life in his mother's arms. He was enjoying the taste of another Plumpy'nut as he fed himself.
This Plumpy'nut is literally changing lives around the world. Those who might otherwise die, are being given new life.
I know there are a lot of things that I can do with my $5, but none of those things seem as important as giving it to a child who needs to eat. Other children all over the world are lacking in food, water, medicine, as well as other daily needs that are very possible to meet. What I'm going to do is donate the $5 from church, and add another $5 to it as well, for now.
Please pray for children like Sabiou, who are desperately in need. If it's possible, please also consider joining me, and donate just $5 of your own. It may not seem like much, but we can make a difference. It's up to us to help out because to whom more is given, more will be expected. You can help fight the global food crisis here.
Thank you for reading this article, and thank you for contributing your time, talent, or treasure. If you do decide to give, please feel free to leave a comment letting us know. Together we can make a difference. Be blessed!
When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food."
Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat." (Matthew 14:13-16)