…for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints—and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us. 2 Corinthians 8:2–5
I spent one year as a World Service Corps volunteer in Peru. Monte Sion is a poor community. Several women each have five or more small children. At first it seemed their lives had little in common with mine. I am a young woman who travels the world without worry or duty of working for my family. But during the time I was there, we learned our basic human needs are the same.
We all can identify with yearning for a strong family and the hope for a bright future.
I came to call these women my “mommas.” When I missed the comfort of my own mother their touch, laughter, and kind eyes offered me comfort. On my last day in the village we wept at the joy we found in one another, promising we always would carry one another in the deepest place of our hearts, with Christ as our foundation.
Your contributions to World Mission Tithes provide missionary outreach through programs such as World Service Corps, a ministry without borders. Thank you for responding faithfully by giving generously.
Prayer for Peace:
Universal God, help us tear down our walls and borders. Help us join hands and hearts in our outreach ministry. Send us, either in person or by our tithes, to places in need. Help us share hope and the peace of Christ worldwide.
Today’s intercessory prayer is adapted from the Quaker tradition. Become still and turn your attention to God. Prayerfully identify a person in need of healing, blessing, or guidance. Close your eyes and imagine God’s presence surrounding the person. See or sense the person being held in God’s light. Continue holding the person in the light and release the person into whatever blessing God knows is needed.
Words are not necessary. Trust the spirit to see and penetrate more deeply than human awareness. Thank God and close with amen.
Today, God, I will give myself first to you.