Jun 19 2008

Fasting and Prayer

Fasting and prayer I have been fighting poverty for more than 30 years and throughout that time I have never seen the potential for devastation that I see in the current global food crisis. I know it’s difficult to imagine that something like rising food costs could be so destructive. It’s not as if hunger rumbles like an earthquake. He doesn’t announce himself like a passing wind of a cyclone. He destroys, but you never see him.



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  1. Jun 19, 2008
    at 6:43 pm

    Fast, pray and sponsor a child through Compassion! May God bless and provide for this ministry. Remember that you have friends in Hawaii who are standing in the gap with you!

  2. Jun 19, 2008
    at 7:59 pm

    Thanx Wess. God bless you man.

  3. Jun 19, 2008
    at 9:55 pm

    I’m praying and several others are joining in prayer and fasting too that day. One tank of gas could feed 2 children for 1 year in Burkina Faso. Pray for mercy for these people. God loves them and He died for them.

    Thank you for your plea for these people, the very apple of God’s Eye.

    Kees

  4. Andrzej Gandecki
    Jun 20, 2008
    at 1:25 am

    We have been working hard for so many years to help change the world – and it’s getting worse, not better…

    I am discouraged…

    I will be helping anyway, but I have no hope we will change the world for the better. Did not Jesus say it will be worse and worse – until the end finally comes?

    • Sarah
      Dec 18, 2011
      at 2:01 pm

      Don’t be discouraged, Compassion family. Even if we never see the end of poverty, realize that right now over ONE MILLION children are being helped by Compassion alone. There are many other ministries doing many other things. Churches sending teams, missionaries working alone, prayer warriors assaulting the gates of hell… all these things are being done and even if we can’t change this world, realize that, for the child you sponsor, the world has changed. Everything changes when you realize that God loves you and has a plan for your life, and that he sent his son to die for you. And that is what really matters.

  5. Jun 20, 2008
    at 8:49 am

    Hi, Andrzej,

    I know how you feel. It can be quite overwhelming. I do have some thoughts on this.

    Yes, Jesus did say that in the end we will hear of many disasters. I am not saying that any second now, the Lord will be returning, only He knows the day and the time. I do get the impression that it will steadily get worse and worse. So, yes, I do agree with you.

    God desires us to be looking forward to His return though. The last command God gave us was to pray for His return. We will be united with Him and He will wipe away every tear from our eyes. Ultimately the love of God is what motivates us to love the children too. If we were to take God out of the picture, it would just be a humanistic effort, but it’s based on God. The first command is to love the Lord our God and the second one is to love our neighbour and it is in that order.

    Jesus did say that the poor will always be with us. In other words, there will always be that responsibility. I get from this that there will never be a time before the Lord’s coming that we will conclude that we’re done. Remember poverty isn’t just the physical poverty, but also the spiritual poverty. So, even if we took care of the physical part itself, we would still have a lot of work left. For instance, when I turn on the the Television and see a rich celebrity that is in all sorts of problems, I see spiritual Poverty. This is why we are here on a missionfield and we’re left here on earth to not live for ourselves, but for Christ, which translates into living for others. See Philipians 1:21-30.

    We need to remember that in the midst of all of this, God is sourvereign. He is in control and He knows just what is going on. I sometimes worry, which I need to work on. For instance, one of the children that I sponsored was taken out of the program by her parents. She got saved, so I know I’m going to see her again. I need to remember that God is still her Shepherd and He’s watching over that little girl and notices even when a hair falls to the ground.

    Also, I believe that when a child dies very young, before they can be accountable, that they will be go to heaven. In this sense the child is better off than even the wealthiest person, who dies without Christ. It gives a new meaning to the beatitudes in Matthew 5. I.e. Blessed are the poor, bleseed are the meek, etc…

    This all doesn’t relieve us of our responsibility, but we can be confident that God knows and that He is just and that He loves these children more than we could even ever love. We can be God’s hands and feet here on the earth and help the children and care for them and the same for the people around us.

    I hope that helps. It’s a tough one though!

    Thank you for your heart! It’s an encouragement to me!

    Kees

  6. Andrzej Gandecki
    Jun 20, 2008
    at 11:46 am

    Hi, Kees,

    Thank you for your comforting and motivating words.

    Yes, our responsibility is to serve, even when we see the world around us getting worse and worse.

  7. Chad Summers
    Jun 20, 2008
    at 2:04 pm

    Yes Wess, as usual you said it best. Swing those church doors open and let the food pour out. If the church doesn’t, who will?

  8. Sucema Slaughter
    Jun 24, 2008
    at 6:11 pm

    Hi Kees, I totaly agree with with what you said,i could not have said it any better.I will be joining in prayer and fasting. GOD BLESS YOU ! SUCEMA

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