Reaching out to those in need

There are many ways that people are in need – physical, emotional, spiritual, relational, financial, and the list goes on.

It’s been a question through the ages about how to deal with those in need.

I work in the downtown area of the largest city in our area.  It has the largest concentration of social services for the vulnerable – homeless, mentally ill, etc.  I struggle about how to deal with these things.

I serve in a number of areas in our church.  One area is meeting needs of those in financial need, providing some financial assistance.  Sometimes it can take a few days to get the assistance in place, but that usually isn’t a grave concern.

A situation came up very recently where someone just moved, and had absolutely no food.  Through a number of circumstances, it was difficult to do anything immediately.  I had a passionate discussion with the person who brought the situation to my attention.  He expressed frustration about the number of steps that are necessary to help someone in the community.  I understand his frustration, but wasn’t really sure how to answer his concern about the time lag.  I’m not sure how to deal with a unique situation quickly, as may be required.

Over the last couple of years, we have been going through a number of changes.  We are still working through some of the logistics.  Part of this will be how to deal with situations of need, in the midst of growth.

In addition to the financial needs, there are other areas to consider involvement.

We are planning to continue to foster.  These are children in need of protection and a temporary home.

There opportunities to mentor.  This helps with relational and emotional needs.

What will this look like?  Good question.  Stay tuned and see how this develops.

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