Raising Money for the Search: Loving Christ, Loving Others

Today has been full of refreshing news pertaining to the Chibok schoolgirls, the Boko Haram, and the welfare of all of Nigeria.
Watching this short newscast, I’ve become aware of a Church of the Brethren church in Indiana that will match $500,000 to whatever can be raised around the country, to aid in finding/releasing the Chibok schoolgirls. Not only is this church raising money to aid in the girls’ release, but a young boy by the name of Preston Andrews is also raising money to help Northern Nigeria in it’s search for the girls. It warms and encourages my heart to know that there are still people working all over the country– and truly, all over the world– to bring the Chibok schoolgirls back from captivity.
The importance of keeping those battered and bruised by the evil of this world, such as the Chibok people, in our hearts, minds and prayers, is stated by Christ Himself in Matthew 25:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“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.’” (Matthew 25:31-40, NIV)

When we truly realize that what we’re doing isn’t only for others, but is ultimately for and towards Christ Himself, our whole attitude towards helping those in need changes. May Christ help us to love those who are hardest hit by the world with our time, money, skills and resources as the need arises.

Please pray for those apart of this campaign to raise money for the Chibok girls; pray that much money is raised, but also that whoever receives this money would use it faithfully and carefully, so that it actually does help the search for these girls. Pray for Preston Andrews, that the works of his little hands would prosper as he continues to raise money for the cause of these precious young women. If I can find the link for giving financially to this worthy cause, it will be posted here.

Pray for all those who are still rallying for these girls’ release; pray that they wouldn’t grow tired or apathetic, but would remain faithful to Christ’s call to “give [ourselves] no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7, NIV).

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
(Galatians 6:9, NIV)

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