Today we will see many pictures, hear many stories from Jane who has come on behalf of TearFund to share with us. Looking beforehand at the images raised many questions for me. Yes, how can we help?
But deeper than that. How can the situations we see be changed longer term?
What creates the problems in the first place?
And perhaps above all, what place does faith in Jesus Christ have in all this?
What difference does that faith make?
Some of our own experiences in Tanzania in East Africa tell us that the answer to those last faith questions is – ENORMOUS! And we have heard tell of recent fresh initiatives by TearFund and others inviting Christians from these countries to call on the Lord by faith in their own situation to find ways forward…..
All 4 Gospels record the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. Why one wonders?
Perhaps because all those Gospel writers had seen for themselves the powerful works of God, of Jesus ’feeding many people’ – as the last verse of one of our songs today goes: I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame, I will set a feast for them – My hand will save. Finest bread I will provide Till their hearts are satisfied; I will give My life to them. But the final line is even more challenging as the Lord asks: ‘Whom shall I send?’