The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi
“Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.” – Heather French Henry
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Mt 25:34-45
Any service that reflects Jesus’ love is “Christian service.” From giving a cup of water (Mark 9:41) to dying for someone (John 15:13), there are as many types of Christian service as there are needs in the world. Very few involve activity within the four walls of the church.
The Bible gives some specific examples of Christian service: show hospitality to strangers (Hebrews 13:2), remember those in prison (Matthew 25:36), provide for the needy (Matthew 25:35), and mentor others (Titus 2:2-8). Some examples speak to our day-to-day living: care for children (Matthew 18:5), tend families (Titus 2:5), treat employees fairly (Colossians 4:1), deal honestly with customers (Leviticus 19:36), and be diligent with employers’ resources (Matthew 25:14-30). As long as the act is done “in Jesus’ name”—that is, it is motivated by the love of Jesus—it is Christian service.
There are thousands of organizations outside the church committed to serving others. Homeless shelters, housing builders, and food banks always need volunteers and donations. Internationally, organizations like Compassion International provide food, clothing, and education for children in sometimes dangerous situations. Other ministries provide water, micro-loans, or resources such as farm animals to enable the child’s family to generate their own income.
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If you live in the Philadelphia area, as I do, you may want to volunteer for or contribute to one or more of the following programs:
IHM CENTER FOR LITERACY The Mission of the IHM Center for Literacy is to teach English language skills to the multi-ethnic, non-English speaking adult immigrant populations in the Philadelphia region and thus help them communicate more comfortably and confidently in their community & workplace.
PROJECT HOME https://www.projecthome.org/ The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.
ST. JOHN’S HOSPICE https://saintjohnshospice.org/ Saint John’s Hospice is a Catholic Social Services shelter for men located in Center City Philadelphia. Established in 1963. Saint Johns was created as an outreach ministry to serve and assist the poor and homeless in the community. Saint John’s continues to provide crucial, life-sustaining services with dignity, respect and compassion to homeless men in Philadelphia.
CARING for FRIENDS https://caringforfriends.org/ To provide food and friendship to seniors, kids, and adults in the 5-county Philadelphia region.
COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL https://www.compassion.com/ With support from generous friends like you, Compassion and our global church partners are fighting the food crisis. Our combined efforts have provided food for millions of families affected by the shortage. With your help, we will continue to act until each community we serve has sustainable food sources.
Top 10 Christian Organizations in Third World Countries https://www.sharefaith.com/blog/2015/05/top-10-christian-organizations-world-countries/