We had opportunity to minister in Batey Anone and learned the people had little or no food. We went shopping and took food to these precious people. We did that with our own resources and the resources that people back home entrusted to us before we left.
Poverty in the bateys is not a new sight to me. But on this day, an elderly gentleman of the community lay dying on the floor of his hut. We prayed for him and tried to comfort his family. Then it all seemed to ‘come together’ and crash into my heart and mind. These people have little if any ability to change their circumstances, but I am just like them. On my own I have little or no ability to help them. It was an overwhelming sense of helplessness and weakness.
Our team taught pastors and I preached in two Dominican churches during the week. In those ministry efforts, a Dominican family asked a surprising and unanticipated question: Can we support your ministry?
Many things went through my mind. One is the income of a middle class Dominican family. It’s between 5 and 6 hundred dollars (U.S.) per month. YOU prayed for and equipped a ministry that touched them deeply. They wanted to give $50.00/month (U.S.) to keep it going. The significance was not lost on me. A gift like this would mean they’d do without something. More things ‘hit me’ in one day than I could handle. God was at work in our mission as well as in the missionary!
There was more. They assured me their intentions were guided by prayer and they knew their contribution was not large in terms of the total need. And they equated their intended contribution with the Widow’s Mites from Mark 12:42-44. Why? Jesus used that widow as an example of how to give. She stood in stark contrast to the many who ‘gave out of their abundance.’ Her gift was like God’s Gift: sacrificial. This Dominican couple said their prayer was to be a similar example. They asked me to share their story as I have opportunity.
‘Laying up treasure in heaven’ took on a whole new dimension because of them. And did I mention God wants to be strong in our weaknesses? My want is great. But His treasure is hid in weak earthen vessels like me. He can pour it out and multiply it! Will you be part of that?
Soli Deo Gloria!