Watch the news for even a few minutes and you’ll see that the needs around our country are great right now. People are angry. Kids are hungry. Families are hurting. Our nation as a whole feels very unsettled.
So it’s easy—even justifiable—to think we should limit our concern and our resources to the needs right here in the U.S. Why help other countries when we need help here?
Logically, the question makes sense. Biblically, however, the answer is worth our careful consideration.
AN URGENT PROBLEM
Right now, at least 36 countries around the world are facing famines of biblical proportion. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), at the end of 2019, 135 million people were living with acute hunger, but with many countries around the world under quarantine right now, the number could rise to 265 million this year.
Countries without sufficient infrastructure to handle crises are crumbing under the weight of this global pandemic. If we’re struggling to get what we need here in the U.S., how are people in countries like Haiti—the poorest country in the Americas—expected to get what they need?
Our own Lifesong teammates and ministry partners around the world have told us that hunger will likely kill a lot more people than coronavirus will.
A CHRISTLIKE SOLUTION
When we trusted Christ for salvation, we accepted a citizenship far bigger than anything national—we became part of the family of God. While we love our country and what God has provided, we are Christian citizens—always in that order—meaning our first and highest obligation is to God and what He cares about. And what does God care about?
David Platt recently answered the question this way:
Our God loves the world, and we want our hearts to be a reflection of His heart. So yes, we focus on love for each other. Yes, we focus on love for our city. And yes, we focus on love for the world.
We should care about things here at home, but we don’t just care about the needs at home. We should focus on the needs of the nations. And right now, orphans and vulnerable children around the world have big needs. They need our help.
A PERSONAL INVITATION
Here’s what God is doing through people like you today.
Without food, school, or employment, girls as young as 4th grade are out walking the streets in Zambia, putting them at even higher risk of prostitution, slavery, and trafficking just to survive, but gifts from people like you are making it possible for these young girls to stay safe and fed instead of roaming the streets in search of food.
A teenage girl who recently became pregnant by her own father is now being cared for in a safe home.
A 14-year-old girl who had been trafficked recently came into our care.
Children in 13 countries around the world continue to be fed and cared for while learning more about the God Who made them and loves them with such magnitude that it moved Him to send His only Son to die for them.
Will you help? The needs are urgent.
A SIMPLE ANSWER
We can try to answer this question using flawless logic and airtight arguments, but in the end, it boils down to simply knowing and mirroring the heart of God. We love the world because God loves the world, and so we join God where He is already working. And since we know God’s heart is for all people, we can be confident that He will see our efforts and be pleased by them.
Your gift ensures orphaned and vulnerable children will be reached in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
And now through June 30, 2020, your gift supporting Lifesong’s COVID-19 response is matched up to $100,000. Meaning you’ll send critical care to twice as many kids!
Thanks to TMG Foundation and key partners, all of our fundraising and administrative costs are covered. 100% of your gift will go where it’s most needed to support vulnerable children in places where coronavirus is a real and present threat.