The Far-flung Places

Saturday, October 12

10-12By Kenny Wilson of Nevada, Missouri, USA

There are many lives waiting to hear the redeeming words of the gospel, or to be lifted from hopelessness by the hands of loving servants. But they will be lost to you without the generous response of disciples who share from their own bounty that others may know the joys of the kingdom . . . The answers you seek are not inherent in the things of this world but in a faith that places its trust in the promises given to all who would follow Jesus Christ . . . The call to respond is urgent. Look to the needs of your own congregations, but look also beyond your walls to the far-flung places where the church must go. Each disciple needs a spiritual home. You are called to build that home and care for it, but also to share equally in the outreaching ministries of the church. In that way the gospel may be sent to other souls also yearning for a spiritual resting place.

—Doctrine and Covenants 162:7

Mary Ann had mission: to help children in Nevada, Missouri, make a difference through the World Hunger Fund for those in Africa dying of starvation due to severe drought and famine. The plan included a bake sale at a family-owned store. Grandparents and grandchildren throughout the congregation baked cookies, brownies, muffins, and cupcakes.

The project, Cookies for Kids, was a success, raising a generous amount of money! The project enabled children and adults in the Nevada Congregation to engage in the Mission Initiative Abolish Poverty, End Suffering. Your contributions to this initiative, which includes the World Hunger Fund, enable Community of Christ to respond as a worldwide church to those in need. Thank you for responding faithfully to a generous God.

Prayer for Peace
Generous God, give us eyes to see past our immediate surroundings to the needs of those across the world. Let our communication technology tell us of conditions in places we cannot go ourselves. May we share with those who are out-of-sight, but not out-of-mind. May we share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Abolish Poverty, End Suffering
Read and reflect on John 21:15–17 as a meditation. Let your mind be drawn to places where people have no homes. Think of refugees whose homes were destroyed by war or natural disaster. Be aware of the hungry and homeless, who wander the streets or live in shelters. Let the images fill your mind. Offer a prayer for those who are suffering. Imagine Christ tending those sheep. Think of ways you might end their suffering as part of your mission. Throughout the day, carry in your mind the voice of Christ saying: “Feed my lambs . . . tend my sheep . . .feed my sheep.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will open my eyes to see the need. I will open my ears to hear the cries.

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