“Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need.
The goal is equality…” – II Corinthians 8:13-14
We are building a house this week, church! Our hands may not be swinging hammers, but our dollars are funding another Rebuild home in Jamaica with Embracing Orphans at the beginning of August. Because of Covid travel restrictions, the mission teams for the summer are not making the trip overseas, but the homes are still in desperate need. Embracing Orphans has hired local Jamaican workers along with Jamaica Relief Ministries, to build the homes that mission teams would have worked on in person. We do hope, next year, to take another team to Jamaica, so if you are interested, talk with me and we can start planning.
God keeps showing up and making miracles happen even in spite of our circumstances. I am continually amazed at how God keeps working through us in spite of our own failure and inabilities. We cannot be in Jamaica in person… but God is there. We cannot be in Guatemala in person… but God is still building safe water systems and providing for the needs of people.
“The goal is equality” Paul writes to the Corinthian church. Paul has been collecting funds for the church in Jerusalem who has suffered hardship. The desire is not to impoverish the Corinthians, but to share what they don’t need, in order to meet the needs of others. The goal is equality. I love this passage. When we are generous with our resources, God makes miracles happen. When we give out of our abundance, God provides the means to survive for people in desperate need. Paul then goes on to use the example of the people in the wilderness collecting manna for each day, “The goal is equality, as it is written: ‘The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.’” (II Cor. 8:15 quoting Exodus 16:18) Everyone had just what they needed for each day. When we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” this is exactly what God is doing all over the world.
We will share videos and photos of this new home being built in Lucea, Jamaica, in the coming weeks. We also will have an opportunity to get to know the family being rebuilt through the blessing of this new home. Please keep this family in your prayers as they are reunited with their children and enjoy a safe, new home for them to thrive in. The goal is equality!
God who provides all we need and more, bless this family being rebuilt in Jamaica. Be with the workers and keep them safe. Bless the community and the children who are returning home. Continue to keep us safe and heal those who are sick. Amen.