Oh did I type that outloud?
The Face Book post read: “PRAY FOR US!! THIS IS HORRIBLE!”
Although this person’s posts never seemed to require much of my attention – this particular line, caught my full attention and I immediately clicked to see how I could pray for this couple who were seemingly in such dire need… But as I read, I was flabbergasted to say the least… and the more I read, the angrier I became…
The post went on to say something like this:
This move has been more than exhausting! Even though we made a mint on our old house in Cali… and were able to find this new home in Florida… – it was such a wreck that it’s going to cost hundreds of thousands on the renovations– and then there was Joe’s (not his real name) brand-new custom-built car (trust me, it was an expensive toy), the window was cracked by a rock on the way here, thank goodness all the other cars made it safely!!! it was just so chaotic, we simply had to get away! And now, I just received a call from our shipping company saying that they are going to deliver all of our brand new furniture tomorrow!!! So here we are in Italy (or France… I can’t remember what country they went to…) I just can’t take it! This move has just been too much! I could really use your prayers right now!”
“Proud and boastful people will be shamed, but wisdom stays with those who are modest and humble” (Pr. 11:2-4).
Since I know this couple well… as a matter of fact – you could say they are family… I also knew that they had family less than a mile from their new home and I also knew that if it was really a problem getting into their newly renovated home, there were storage units available… and surely they had insurance on that car to fix the windshield… So my mind immediately went to “what is she really trying to say?”
“Oh woe is me, who has been blessed so much! I just want to tell the world about my champagne problems and caviar woes…”
And what is this “Pray for me…?” What am I praying for? I know what I want to pray for… that God would humble you!
“Another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth” (Pr. 13:7b).
You know these people. We all have them in our lives – Trying to figure out why they are in our lives is indeed another issue… There are so many others who simply can’t “get away” to Italy – let alone a shelter in their (real) times of distress.
Two nights ago I received another phone call from a woman in need of a shelter, but there was no vacancy in any of the shelters that I referred her to. That was not the first time this has happened, as a matter of fact, it wasn’t even the 10th.
Last month this poor, sweet person just wanted a bus ticket to get back home but since we did not have the funds… or the funding, I gave her a list of churches in the area – but no one could help her – for that matter, it took 5 churches before she actually spoke with someone… Who echoed the “reasoning” of the others…. “We only give financial aid to our active members.”
“Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor, will himself call out and not be answered” (Pr. 21:13).
This is an atrocity. And for the “Church,” it is simply humiliating!
We must Rise up. We need you. Now.
“The violence of the wicked will sweep them away because the refuse to do what is just” (Pr. 21:7).
Cross Strength Ministries, LLC began 5 years ago; it is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides a full scope of discipleship teaching and training in pursuit of Christian ministry – that also includes our Redemption. Restoration. Recovery, (R3) Domestic Violence services and training program. Not only does R3 provide DV classes and workshops, but we train others to become part of our R3 network as lay-counselors and lay-legal advocates, home-shelter mentors and class facilitators. We must stop the cycle and provide help to these in need.
You can find out more about the opportunities for you to minister to the domestic violence community, by going to our website at: www.Redemption3.com. And, you can send us your tax-deductible donations by clicking here.
Cross Strength Ministries, Discipleship Training Mission Statement:
“And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers – to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the Head – into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:11-16).