Church finds more than 1 way to help

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2002

What is a woman to do? All her life she has been able to see with her eyes, the tasks around her that need to be done. Then set her mind and her body to work at accomplishing those tasks.

Vera took pride that she had always been this way, but now at age 88, things have changed. Her eyes can still see what needs to be done, she can set her mind to the task, but her body doesn't cooperate any more. How frustrating to look day after day through dirty windows and not be able to do anything about them.

The United Methodist Church in Kenai was ready when Love INC (In the Name of Christ) called their contact person to see if someone could be mobilized from the church to meet Vera's needs, extending God's mercy with Christ's love through the simple task of washing windows.

So far, this summer has brought a lot of activities to our local church community.

Through vacation Bible schools, rallies and picnics, camps and building projects, the church has been busy at the Father's work. These have been visible to the public eye.

There are many things the church has been doing that are not so readily visible, but so very important.

A 61-year-old widow raising her two grandsons called Love INC to ask for help. She is disabled and relies on a wheelchair to bring her mobility. To retain her mobility, she needed a wheelchair ramp built to the door of her home.

Another widow who called last month has been calling Love INC over the past few years after her young husband died. She has been working hard on her education so she can take care of her and her son's needs. We were thrilled to hear she almost had her degree in hand. She just needed help with transportation to complete her practicum before receiving the degree. Could Love INC help?

A leaky shower and some other minor home repairs are what caused another widow to seek out help through Love INC. She had the money to purchase the materials for the repairs but didn't know how to do the work her husband had always taken care of before.

Through the network of Love INC churches, each of the needs of these widows and orphans were met.

"The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father's point of view, is the one who takes care of orphans and widows, and who remains true to the Lord -- not soiled by his contacts with the world" James 1:27

I am sure God our Father, a father to the fatherless, and a defender of widows, is pleased.

Vacation Bible school, summer camp and church buildings are all important, as is reaching out to our neighbors in need with practical love. Way to go church! Keep up the good work.

Janine Espy is the director of Love INC. The phone number is 283-5252.

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