To Win The World
too strongly urge all our church members, all who are true
missionaries, all who believe the third angel's message, all who
turn away their feet from the Sabbath, to consider the message
of the fifty-eighth chapter of Isaiah. The work of beneficence
[charity] enjoined in this chapter is the work that God
requires His people to do at this time. It is a work of His
own appointment.' (WM33)
urge you to consider Isaiah 58, which opens a wide and extensive
vineyard to be worked upon the lines which the Lord has pointed
out. When this is done there will be an increase of moral
sources and the church will no more remain stationary.
There will be blessing and power attending their labor. The
selfishness that has bound up their souls they have overcome,
and now their light is being given to the world in clear, bright
rays of living faith and godly example. The Lord has His
promises for all who will do His requirements.' (4BC1148)
leprosy of selfishness has taken hold of the church. The Lord
Jesus Christ will heal the church of this terrible disease if
she will be healed. The remedy is found in the fifty-eighth
chapter of Isaiah.' (CS85)
The promises that are bound up in
the above three statements assure us that if we follow God's directive, success
Prescription For a Finished Work
in the very bosom of our wonderful truth is the great hope that Jesus is
soon coming to take His children home. We dream about it, we preach it, we
speculate about it and, in accordance with our mandate, we make every effort to
tell others about it. And so it should be, for who can restrain himself from
being excited about that day when our Maker and Best Friend comes to take us
as much as we would like the Lord to come tomorrow, there are a few facts
relative to His coming that we must come to terms with.
Firstly we need to realise that
we, as a church, have delayed the Lord's coming.
the church done her appointed work as the Lord ordained, the whole world would
before this have been warned, and the Lord Jesus would have come to our
earth in power and glory.' (Maranatha p.19)
the people of God had preserved a living connection with Him, if they had obeyed
His Word, they would today be in the heavenly Canaan.' (Evangelism p.694)
This means that the world has long been bad enough for Jesus to come but, sadly,
the church has never quite been "good" enough.
Secondly, we must realise that we have been given a work to do. If we do this
work, we will hasten the coming of Jesus, if we do not do this work, we will
continue to delay the Lord's coming . . .
may have to remain here in this world because of insubordination many more
years, as did the children of Israel; but . . . by giving the
gospel to the world it is in our power to hasten our Lord's return.' (Ev696)
so it is that this document does not focus on the time of Jesus coming, but on
the work that now lies before us - the work that God has entrusted to us - the
work that we are to do in order to
hasten His coming.
has committed to us a special work, a work that no other people can do. He has
promised us the aid of His Holy Spirit. The heavenly current is flowing
earthward for the accomplishment of the very work appointed us. Let not this
heavenly current be turned aside by our deviations from the straightforward path
marked out by Christ.' (6T244)
cannot too strongly urge all our church members, all who are true
missionaries, all who believe the third angel's message, all who
turn away their feet from [desecrating] the Sabbath, to consider
the message of the fifty-eighth chapter of Isaiah. The work of beneficence
enjoined in this chapter is the work that God requires His people to do at this
time. It is a work of His own appointment.' (WM33)
have been instructed to refer our people to the fifty-eighth chapter of Isaiah.
Read this chapter carefully and understand the kind of ministry that will
bring life into the churches. The work of the gospel is to be carried by
means of our liberality as well as by our labors. When you meet suffering souls
who need help, give it to them. In doing this, you will be working in lines of
Christ's ministry. The Master's holy work was a benevolent work. Let our people
everywhere be encouraged to have a part in it.' (WM29)
work specified in these words [Isaiah 58] is the work God requires His people to
do. It is a work of God's own appointment. With the work of advocating the
commandments of God and repairing the breach that has been made in the law of
God, we are to mingle compassion for suffering humanity. We are to show supreme
love to God; we are to exalt His memorial, which has been trodden down by unholy
feet; and with this we are to manifest mercy, benevolence, and the tenderest
pity for the fallen race. As a people we must take hold of this work. Love
revealed for suffering humanity gives significance and power to the truth.'
is our humble belief that this document provides not only the motivation for us
to get involved in the simple, practical work that God is asking us to get
involved in, but it also outlines an effective method of turning the challenge
of Isaiah Chapter 58 into a workable programme that can involve the entire
church, hasten Jesus' return, and rapidly expand our church membership -
easily, effectively, and economically.
the present time the church is meeting with limited success as a result of
our sending all sorts of things out to the world - books, tracts, radio &
broadcasts, televised transmissions, invitations to attend
seminars etcetera. All of these activities are good, and they certainly
have their place in God's armory, but Jesus said, `even so, I send you.'
Clearly, we cannot sit back and
hope that our "evangelistic tools" will finish the work, for God has called on
each one of us to get involved on a personal level.
I am sending you . . .' (Luke 10:3)
home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and
how he has had mercy on you.' (Mark 5:19)
into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.' (Mark
`Go . . .
and tell the people the full message of this new life.' (Acts 5:20)
the media, through tracts and through seminars, the world can only hear that
God is love, but through our own personal ministry to the needs of others, the
world is able to see that God is love - and that He is alive and
living in the hearts of His children. Hence our commission from
Jesus . . .
your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds.' (Matthew
it is what the world sees of Jesus in us that is going to have the greatest impact upon the
world, for . . .
church illuminates the world, not by their profession of godliness, but by their
manifestation of the transforming, sanctifying power of the truth on life and
are witnesses for God as we reveal in ourselves the working of a power that is
Our Work Today
Ok, so we are willing to be sent, where do we go from here?
is a great work to be done. How shall we reveal Christ? I know of no better
way . . . than to take hold of medical missionary work in
connection with the ministry.' (MM319)
companies now be quickly organized to go out two and two, and labour in the
Spirit of Christ, following His plans.' (MM303)
followers of Christ are to labor as he did. We are to feed the hungry, clothe
the naked, and comfort the sorrowing and afflicted. We are to minister to the
despairing, and inspire hope in the hopeless.' (DA350)
every large city there should be corps of organized, well-disciplined workers;
not merely one or two, but scores should be set to work.' (MM300/1)
is Medical Missionary Work?
should be noted that a careful study of the Ellen G. White writings reveals that
the phrase ``medical missionary work'' is employed by the author to include
professional services of consecrated doctors and nurses, and that its
significance also reaches far beyond these bounds to include all acts of
mercy and disinterested kindness.' (The EGW Trustees, WM10)
shall see the medical missionary work broadening and deepening at every point of
its progress, because of the inflowing of hundreds and thousands of streams
until the whole earth is covered as the waters cover the sea.' [Streams =
blessings; see Isaiah 44:3, 4] (MM317)
the cities are worked as God would have them, the result will be the setting in
operation of a mighty movement such as we have not yet witnessed.' (MM304)
of people in our cities are left in darkness, and Satan is well pleased with the
delay; for the delay gives him opportunity to work in these fields with men of
influence to further his plans.' (MM302)
around us we see want and suffering. Families are in need of food; little ones
are crying for bread. In these cities there are multitudes of human beings who
do not receive as much care and consideration as are given to the brutes. There
are thousands of wretched children, ragged and half-starved, with vice and
depravity written on their faces. Families are herded together in miserable
tenements. Children are born in these miserable places.' (WM188)
Nature of the Work
Christ's work your example. Constantly He went about doing good - feeding the
hungry and healing the sick. No one who came to Him for sympathy was
disappointed. The commander of the heavenly courts, He was made flesh and dwelt
among us, and His lifework is an example of the work we are to do.
went from house to house, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, comforting the
mourners, soothing the afflicted, speaking peace to the
distressed . . . He was willing to humble Himself, to deny
Himself. Christ stands before us as a pattern man, the great Medical
Missionary and example for all who should come after.' (WM53)
our churches there is a work to be done of which many have little idea, a work
as yet almost untouched. ``I was an hungered,'' Christ says, ``and ye gave Me
meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in:
naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye
came unto Me.'' Some think that if they give money to this work, it is all they
are required to do, but this is an error. Donations of money cannot take the
place of personal ministry. It is right to give our means, and many more
should do this; but according to their strength and opportunities, personal
service is required of all.' (WM189)
Others To Help Themselves
who have talents and capabilities must use these gifts to bless their fellow
men, laboring to place them upon a footing where they can help themselves.'
they [the homeless and the unemployed] ever become industrious and
self-supporting, very many must have assistance, encouragement, and
instruction. . . . Imbruted souls, bodies weak and
ill-formed, reveal the results of evil heredity and of wrong habits. These
people must be educated from the foundation. They have led shiftless, idle,
corrupt lives, and they need to be trained to correct habits.' (WM197)
Church's Great Need
is the special work before us [Isaiah 58:5-11 quoted]. All our praying and
abstinence from food will avail nothing unless we resolutely lay
hold of this work. Sacred obligations are resting upon us. Our duty is plainly
stated. The Lord has spoken to us by His prophet. The prophet is addressing
Sabbath-keepers, not sinners, not unbelievers, but those who make great
pretensions to godliness. It is not the abundance of your meetings that God
accepts. It is not the numerous prayers, but the right-doing, doing the right
thing at the right time. It is to be less self-caring and more benevolent. Our
souls must expand. Then God will make them like a watered garden, whose waters
fail not.' (2T34, 36)
Plan for Today
Laboring for the degraded and fallen is not to be made the principal and
all-important line. This work is to be combined with the work of [b] instructing
the churches. Our people are to be taught how to help the needy and outcast.'
calls for thousands to work for Him, not by preaching to those who know the
truth, going over and over the same ground, but by warning those who have never
heard the last message of mercy. Work, with an earnest longing for souls. Do
medical missionary work. Thus you will gain access to the hearts of the people.
The way will be prepared for more decided proclamation of the truth. You will
find that relieving their physical suffering gives you opportunity to minister
to their spiritual needs.
Lord will give you success in this work; for the gospel is the power of God unto
salvation when it is interwoven with the practical life, when it is lived and
practiced. The union of Christlike work for the body and Christlike work for the
soul is the true interpretation of the gospel.' (ML224)
has placed in our care the poor and the suffering, and these are to be cared for
as Christ cared for them. The Lord would have this work done in the different
churches, rather than that these unfortunate ones should depend so largely upon
institutions; for this will take out of the hands of the churches the
very work God has appointed them to do.' (MS105, 1899)
word of God abounds with instruction as to how we should treat the widow, the
fatherless, and the needy, suffering poor. If all would obey this instruction,
the widow's heart would sing for joy; hungry little children would be fed; the
destitute would be clothed; and those ready to perish would be revived. Heavenly
intelligences are looking on, and when, imbued with zeal for Christ's honor, we
place ourselves in the channel of God's providence, these heavenly messengers
will impart to us a new spiritual power, so that we shall be able to combat
difficulties and triumph over obstacles.' (WM231)
Legacy to His Church
work that Christ requires of them is not to be done by proxy, placing on some
committee or some institution the burden that they themselves should bear. They
are to become Christlike in character by giving of their means and time, their
sympathy, their personal effort, to help the sick, to comfort the sorrowing, to
relieve the poor, to encourage the desponding, to enlighten souls in darkness,
to point sinners to Christ, to bring home to hearts the obligation of God's
people of God are in need of opportunities that draw out their sympathies, give
efficiency to their prayers, and develop in them a character like that of the
is to provide these opportunities that God has placed among us the poor, the
unfortunate, the sick, and the suffering [wow?]. They are Christ's legacy to His
church, and they are to be cared for as He would care for them. In this way God
takes away the dross and purifies the gold, giving us that culture of heart and
character which we need.' (6T261)
notice that the unfortunate, the sick and the suffering have been placed upon
this earth for the benefit of God's children - that our characters might be
developed as we tend to their needs. What a crime against humanity, therefore,
should we take them for granted.]
Word is Sure
piety and advanced spiritual knowledge and growth of a church is proportionate
to the zeal, piety, and missionary intelligence that has been brought into it,
and carried out of it to be a blessing to the very ones who need our assistance
the church accepts its God-given work, the promise is: ``Then shall thy light
break forth as the morning, and thine health spring forth speedily: and thy
righteousness shall go before thee; and the glory of the Lord shall be thy
rereward.'' ' (WM34)
we draw nearer to the end, we know that trade unions will bring industry to a
halt, and that money will lose its value. This being the case, our
end-time mission cannot depend on finances, or on manufactured goods. The gifts
that God has given us to give to the world are priceless - and they are free.
Thus it is that God has ensured that the state of the future economy will not in
any way hamper the special mission of His church.
need to bear in mind that the church is rich in human resources, and rich in
knowledge as to how to meet the desperate `non-material' needs of the community.
More than this, the community is crumbling, not so much because of a lack of
material needs, but because of a lack of morals, guidance, friendship, knowledge
and the light, joy, compassion, refreshing, and love that God imparts to His
children for the upliftment of others.
Lord's servant was inspired to write about marriage, about health, about minds
and characters and bodies, about caring for the lonely, the sick and the aged,
about personal relationships, about education, child guidance, and ministries
for young people. This is the vital knowledge that God wants us to share with
money has any value, however, God will supply the material needs of the ministry
and we can move out in love and faith. We do not have to wait for finances to
become available before embarking on our mission.
fuller sense of God's relationship to those whom He has purchased with the gift
of His Son, a greater faith in the onward progress of His cause on earth - this
is the great need of the church today. Let none waste time in deploring the
scantiness of their visible resources. The outward appearance may be
unpromising, but energy and trust in God will develop resources.' (PK243)
who owns the world is rich in resources, and will bless everyone who is seeking
to bless others.' (MH200)
the poor have done all they can to advance the cause, the Lord will bring in men of means to carry on the work.' (GW92.298)
end is near, stealing upon us stealthily, imperceptibly, like the noiseless
approach of a thief in the night. May the Lord grant that we shall no longer
sleep as do others, but that we shall watch and be sober.
truth is soon to triumph gloriously [because it will be lived and not merely
professed], and all who now choose to be laborers together with God will triumph
with it. The time is short; the night soon cometh when no man can work. Let
those who are rejoicing in the light of present truth now make haste to impart
the truth to others. (9T135)
Jesus invited us to follow Him, it is clear that He intended that we should not
only follow Him to church once a week, but also follow Him into the homes of the
destitute, the lonely and the needy.
came to this earth to walk and work among the poor and suffering.' (7T226)
lived to minister to the needs and lighten the woes of men.' (GC20)
His earliest years He was possessed of one purpose; He lived to bless others.'
full of sympathy and love was His attitude that the poorest were not afraid to
come to Him. He was kind to all, easily approached by the most lowly. He went
from house to house, treating the sick, feeding the hungry, comforting the
mourners, soothing the afflicted, speaking peace to the distressed.' (WM170)
He whom angels worshipped, He who was rich in honor, splendour, and glory, came
to the earth, and found Himself in fashion as a man, He did not plead His
refined nature as an excuse to hold Himself aloof from the unfortunate. In His
work He was found among the afflicted, the poor, the distressed, and needy ones.
Christ was the embodiment of refinement and purity; His was an exalted life and
character; yet in His labor He was found not among men of high-sounding titles,
not among the most honourable of this world, but with the despised and needy. I
came, says the divine teacher, ``to save that which was lost.'' Yes; the Majesty
of heaven was ever found working to help those who most needed help.' (2T467)
one is allied to Christ, a partaker of the divine nature, his interest is
identified with that of all suffering humanity. As we look aright at the cross
of Calvary, every nerve of heart and brain will thrill in sympathy for the human
misery in all parts of the world.' (WM 296.5)
such a time as this, every child of God should be actively engaged in helping
the anointed ones that stand in God's presence the fullness of divine light and
love and power is imparted to His people, that they may impart to others light
and joy and refreshing. Those who are thus enriched are to enrich others
with the treasure of God's love.' (PK594)
take people right where they are, whatever their position, whatever their
condition, and help them in every way possible, -this is gospel ministry.'
visiting the people, talking, praying, sympathizing with them, you will win
hearts. This is the highest missionary work that you can do.' (9T41)
has placed you in a world of suffering to prove you, to see if you will be
worthy of the gift of eternal life.' (3T530)
everyone who offers himself to the Lord for service, withholding nothing, is
given power for the attainment of measureless results. For these God will do
great things. He will work upon the minds of men so that, even in this world,
there shall be seen in their lives a fulfillment of the promise of the future
the disciples could fulfill their official duties in connection with the church,
Christ breathed His Spirit on them. He was committing to them a most sacred
trust, and He desired to impress them with the fact that without the Holy
Spirit this work could not be accomplished.' (DA805)
we would see the work of God prosper we must have Christ dwelling in us, we
must work the works of Christ.' (4T290)
power of love was in all Christ's healing, and only by partaking of that
love, through faith, can we be instruments for His work.' (DA825)
A Simple, Practical Programme
considered the foregoing spiritual counsels, we can have no doubt in our minds as to the nature of
the work that God would have us do. We are convinced that this type of work will
play a major role in the revealing of God's true character to the world, and in bringing
the earth to it's final hour.
beholding the goodness, the mercy, the justice, and the love of God in His
church, the world is to have a representation of His character.' (CT321)
We humbly submit the following programme for the consideration of all who would
like to walk in the footsteps of the Master - either as individuals or as an
far as the programme name is concerned, we have clear counsel that in a work
such as this we should not operate under the name of the church but under "some
those who have been engaged in this work I would say:
Continue to work with tact and ability. Arouse your associates to work under
some name whereby they may be organized to co-operate in harmonious action. Get
the young men and women in the churches to work.' (6T267)
Should Get Involved?
who have the spiritual oversight of the church should devise ways and means by
which an opportunity may be given to every member of the church to act
some part in God's work . . . In their planning they are to
give special study to the work that can be done by the laity for their
friends and neighbours.' (9T116/117)
reached the hearts of people by going among them as one who desired their good.
He sought them in the public streets, in private houses, on the boats, in the
synagogue, by the shores of the lake, and at the marriage feast. He met them at
their daily vocations, and manifested an interest in their secular affairs. He
carried His instruction into the household, bringing families in their own homes
under the influence of His divine presence. His strong personal sympathy helped
to win hearts.' (DA151)
order to reach all classes, we must meet them where they are. They will seldom
seek us of their own accord.' (DA152)
two or more start out together in evangelistic work. Let them visit the people,
praying, singing, explaining the Scriptures, and ministering to the sick.'
was eyes to the blind, and I was feet to the lame. I was a father to the poor,
and I searched out the case that I did not know.' (Job 29:15,16, NKJV)
lived to search out the needy and to satisfy their needs, but, as we notice from
his dealings with the woman at the well, He was most tactful in His approach.
a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ``Will you give me a
drink?'' (John 4:7)
the tact born of Divine love He asked, not offered a favor. The offer of
a kindness might have been rejected; but trust awakens trust.' (DA183.4)
the light of the above, and considering the examples of Jesus and Job,
we conclude that we are on safe ground if we include in our strategy the
primary focus should not be so much on the material but more on the spiritual, social and
family needs of the community.
programme should aim at getting every member of the church involved in their
own community - and especially the young people.
should operate under `some other name.'
should search out the needy people in our communities.
should ask those we approach to help us - rather than offer to help them.
1 - Scouting
Needs surveys often meet with limited success because people are so often loathe
to share their personal needs with strangers. In this case, however, we do not
attempt to directly establish what the needs of individuals are, but to get this
information from their friends, family and acquaintances. Approaching people in
this way will not only enable us to isolate those individuals and families who
are in need, but also to solicit the support of those who brought the needs of
others to our attention.
idea is to have individuals in the church volunteer as scouts. These individuals
will then team up, two-by-two, and approach anyone at shopping centers, sports
grounds, in the streets and even in their homes. Armed only with a large
"Care Unlimited" lapel badge, a certificate that includes a recent
photograph, big smiles, and a thin file [because briefcases scare people], teams
should go out two-by-two and approach people using the following introduction.
my name is ........... and this is my friend ............ - we were hoping that
help us? We know that there are many people who need help in this community.
Care Unlimited [point to your badge] has specially trained counselors who are
able to help these people. Do you know of any poor, lonely, unemployed, or
needy people in this community?
Now remain silent until he or she
responds. If no response is forthcoming, continue as follows:
You do not have to get involved
in this program, and you will not be asked to donate money - and we assure you
that we will never pass on your name to anyone, but do you know of anyone who
is desperate for help?
Once they have responded, enter
their details on a Community Needs Survey sheet.
that introduction a skilled team of scouts will be able to collect the names
of dozens of needy people and families in just a few hours a week. This is a
wonderful way to spend a Sabbath afternoon.
does not hold him guiltless who stays his hand from relieving suffering on
the Sabbath day. The holy Sabbath was made for man and acts of mercy and
benevolence are always in order on this day.' (2SP163)
2 - Servicing of Needs
before the needs survey takes place, church members will be asked to indicate
what type of need they would like to be trained to serve. Volunteers will then
be formed into groups with a group leader being appointed to co-ordinate all
training and nurturing that will be necessary prior to the needy being visited.
groups will be larger than others, but at all times visitation should only be
undertaken in teams of two as larger groups tend to frighten people.
Christ sent forth His disciples on their missionary tour, He sent them out
two-by-two. This is the Lord's plan.' (15MR59)
envisage teams being trained in every church in each of the following needs
groupings: The lonely, single parents, the unemployed and the poor, those
experiencing marriage difficulties, the sick, the bereaved, the handicapped, the
heartbroken, the homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics.
Eventually we hope that training manuals for each of the above services will be
produced to assist teams in their preparation, but in the meantime, all we need
is hearts that really care, and God will get us there.
this point, we are armed with the details of those in the community who are in
need, and we have been reasonably prepared for the task that lies ahead - a task
which really only amounts to being willing to be a friend to someone in need.
million-dollar question is how to approach the people that the scouts were
referred to - those who have a need. The
answer is to approach them as though you do not know that they have a
need . . . Remembering Jesus' example with the woman at the well,
we should ask the needy to help us, rather than offer to help them.
way to do this is simply to approach them in exactly the same way as our
"scouts" approached strangers at the shopping centers etc - see above.
all the while that we are unaware of their plight, we should ask the needy to
help us by supplying us with the details of people whom they know to be in need
- and this will certainly prove to be the most fruitful source of leads.
the conversation, however, we will be looking for opportunities to lead the
conversation to the discussion of their personal plight. In many cases these
individuals will volunteer this information.
this point on, all it takes is to be genuinely concerned about others and this
programme will grow and grow and grow.
`There are those who
think it is their duty to preach the truth, but they dare not venture from
the shore, and they catch no fish. They will choose to go among the
churches, over and over the same ground. They report a good time, a
pleasant visit, but we look in vain for the souls that are converted to the
truth through their instrumentality. These ministers hug the shore too
closely. Let them launch out into the deep, and cast their net where the
fish are. There is no lack of work to be done. There could be hundreds
employed in the vineyard of the Lord where there is now one. (The True
Missionary, February, 1874)
we know the needs of the various people, our task is to plan various strategies
to enable us to meet their needs. The following are but a few ideas. We
invite you to contribute to this programme by
sharing your own
ideas with us . . .
each instance, a needy case is to be assigned to a team of two. This team will
then make contact and keep contact with the needy person or family. Depending on
the circumstances, the whole idea is not only to help people to solve their
problems but also to be their friend, to phone them occasionally, to invite them
to gatherings, and to visit them from time to time.
instead of looking for ways and means of entertaining ourselves, we will be
constantly on the lookout for ways and means of entertaining and making contact
with our needy cases.
Now we will go out of our way to invite visiting speakers to our church so that
we can phone our needy friends, pick them up from their homes, and bring them
down to the hall to enjoy refreshments, listen to a guest speaker, watch a video, or
to participate in whatever else has been arranged.
In all cases below, words of
encouragement from the Spirit of Prophecy will be found at the website
a church film show, picnic, or gathering and invite them to attend.
them to a community lunch or dinner.
you have established the interests of your lonely cases, introduce them to
others who have similar interests.
a speaker who is trained in this area and invite all single parents to
a club for single parents.
single parents in touch with each other.
The Unemployed and The Poor
a sowing club to help the unemployed females to earn an income.
a small brick manufacturing or concrete slab manufacturing plant to help
unemployed males to earn an income.
the unemployed in the sale of health foods - which are available for this
purpose to all SDA churches at wholesale less 15%.
Contact Debbie at Nature's Choice - (016) 362 2542.
established the birth dates of family members on the first call, one member
can be assigned to phoning the needy on their birthday, or a small gift may
be dropped off at the home by one of the teams.
Those Experiencing Marriage Difficulties
talks by suitably qualified persons
gospel is the answer to most marriage problems - invite them to spiritually
based talks on marriage.
them to a suitable film show
suitable reading materials to their home
is the great need of the sick - invite them to health talks by suitably
Invite them to consider a few websites such as
copies of the Disease-Free book to the sick and their families. Bulk
discounts on this inexpensive book are available from
a video or flip chart talk with them in their home.
them to cooking classes
them home for a healthy meal
bereaved always have many loose ends to tie up as far as estates and finance
are concerned. It is a trying time for them, not only because of the loss of
a loved one, but also because of the many responsibilities that they are
suddenly faced with. Watch the newspaper and make a cold call on the homes
of bereaved individuals using the standard scouting approach.
to drive them to town as they visit lawyers, undertakers etc.
a suitable tract to their home
the Blessed Hope ever before their eyes
up as you would for a lonely person
handicapped people are already under the care of a home or a qualified
nurse. All activities should be planned in conjunction with these persons.
handicapped love to go for drives or for outings and seldom do because it is
so often very inconvenient - especially if they are incontinent.
than anything, the handicapped need friends - people who speak to them
normally and act in their presence in a relaxed manner. (But please do
not start a friendship unless you are committed to maintain that friendship
- handicapped people get very emotionally involved and we do not want to add
broken hearts to their already considerable burden.)
heartbroken need friends and diversion. Nothing but God's love can mend a broken
heart, but we can do much to keep their minds from lingering on their loss.
the heartbroken to every function that you can.
them to spend the day with you
them to church - at this time they are usually favourably disposed to being
introduced to a Love that will never let them go.
is the true test of Christian character. The homeless need shelter and if there
is nowhere else for them to go, God expects us to open our doors. In time to
come many will be homeless and we will have to give up on the idea that
Christianity does not involve a cross.
ago I was shown that God's people would be tested upon this point of making
homes for the homeless; that there would be many without homes in consequence of
their believing the truth. Opposition and persecution would deprive believers of
their homes, and it was the duty of those who had homes to open a wide door to
those who had not. I have been shown more recently that God would specially test
His professed people in reference to this matter. Shall those who are subjects
of His grace, who are expecting to be heirs of immortality, refuse, or even feel
reluctant, to share their homes with the homeless and needy?' (2T27)
should always be invited to join teams of two on their visitation rounds but we
should also encourage our kids to nurture the needy. Here are a few ideas:
should be well-rehearsed by children before making the actual call - but it goes
down very well. The younger the caller, the greater the impression it leaves. It
is not necessary for the needy to know that the child is connected to the church
or to Care Unlimited. In fact, the more mysterious the call, the greater the
impact it will have on the person receiving the call.
who are fighting the battle of life at great odds may be strengthened and
encouraged by little attentions that cost only a loving effort.' (WM158)
is that Mrs Brown? [Yes] Oh, hi Mrs Brown, this is Jeannie Smith speaking. How
are you today? [I'm fine thanks] Mrs Brown I just phoned to share a promise from
the Bible with you. This promise is found in . . . May I read
this promise to you? [Yes you may].
reading the promise, the child may conclude as follows.
Brown, thank you for allowing me to talk to you. Please remember that Jesus gave
this promise just for you. He loves you very much. Take care and God bless you.
. . .
calls should be carefully noted and the same child should phone the same person
every two months or so. Eventually the person on the other end will ask the
child when he or she is coming to visit - and thus, under adult guidance, our
children can get very involved in their own scouting programme. This little
exercise does wonders for our children as well.
the Sabbath bouquet is given to a church member or is taken home by the one who
brought the bouquet to church. Think about breaking up the bouquet into
individual posies that can be mounted on backing cards that are prettily
ribboned and printed with a Bible promise.
this is not an alternative, then approach your local florist and ask if he or
she could not donate the flowers that were not sold on Saturday morning for free
distribution to the elderly in the community. These flowers can be picked up
after church and distributed on Saturday afternoon.
the children have made up the posies, and the afternoon's mission has been
prayed for, have an adult take the children to a nearby, hospital, old-age home
or retirement village where they may present the posies to the elderly. Always
have the children rehearse their greeting so that they will be more confident.
How are you today? My name
is . . . . . . . . . and this is my
friend . . . . . . . . .. We just
came around this afternoon to give you this flower to remind you that Jesus
loves you and that he cares about you. We hope that you have a lovely day. God
the call does not end there and the children will be invited in for cold drink
and cookies. But here a word of caution. The children must be taught beforehand
how to politely say no - failing which they will have so much cold drink and so
many cookies in one afternoon that they will certainly fall ill.
you very much for the invitation, but we just had cold drink next door - but
next time perhaps. [or] We would love to come in and talk to you, but we have
just had cold drink and cookies next door.
we have visited the needy, and done what we can to relieve their plight, and the
results have been neatly recorded on the back of the Community Needs Survey
sheet, we now have opportunity to really impress those who originally referred
us to the needy. Provided we secured their names and addresses on the scouting
call, we may either write to these individuals or call on them and give them a
report of the progress of each case - making sure that no confidential
information is divulged.
the end of the call we could hand them a little card and a reply paid envelope.
The card will invite them to lend their financial support to the programme,
either by debit order or by direct deposit into the Care Unlimited bank account.
One very organized person in the church should be given the responsibility of
filing Community Needs Survey sheets. This same person should be
responsible for distributing these sheets to the teams and of collecting them
again. Backup copies of these sheets should be kept in a safe, fire-proof place.
would appear as though we, as a church, have not realized the importance of our
mission to the world. As far as ministry to the needs of others is concerned, we
seem to be resting on the laurels of our welfare institutions and various
isolated welfare programmes. But our welfare programme is not just a good PR
tool for the church - it is the very purpose for our existence as a church,
. . .
Saviour has given His precious life in order to establish a church capable of
ministering to the suffering, the sorrowful, and the tempted.' (MH106)
see, welfare work is the purpose and the life blood of the church, and we
desperately need to realise this. We need to see that church attendance on
Sabbath is but a stop-over at the filling station on our journey - it is not the
here we would like to stick our necks out by suggesting that we should consider
making Sabbath morning church services into more of a filling station. In view
of our need to organize ourselves, and to mobilize ourselves, wouldn't it be
nice if, once a month, the Sabbath school and lesson study were combined and
attention was given to the church's Care Unlimited
programme - reporting on results and planning future campaigns.
church should be a training school for Christian workers. Its members should be
taught how to give Bible readings, how to conduct and teach Sabbath-school
classes, how best to help the poor and to care for the sick, how to work for the
unconverted. There should be schools of health, cooking schools, and classes in
various lines of Christian help work.' (MH149)
will so arouse a self-sacrificing zeal and broaden and strengthen the character
as to engage in work for others. Many professed Christians, in seeking church
relationship, think only of themselves. They wish to enjoy church fellowship and
pastoral care. They become members of large and prosperous churches, and are
content to do little for others. In this way they are robbing themselves of the
most precious blessings. Many would be greatly benefited by sacrificing their
pleasant, ease-conducing associations. They need to go where their energies will
be called out in Christian work and they can learn to bear responsibilities.'
method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour
mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them,
ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them,
``Follow Me.'' ' (MH143)
need wait until called to some distant field before beginning to help others.
Doors of service are open everywhere. All around us are those who need our help.
The widow, the orphan, the sick and the dying, the heartsick, the discouraged,
the ignorant, and the outcast are on every hand.' (MH152)
`Christianity is the revealing of the tenderest affection for one another.'
"Unless there is practical self-sacrifice for the good of others, in the family circle, in the neighborhood, in the church, and wherever we may be, then whatever our profession, we are not Christians." (DA504)
Ok, you've read this far
- which means you are really interested in helping others. Would you like to
approach your church board about hosting their own mission website? Provided we
receive an application on an official church letterhead, and provided your
application is approved, and provided the church registers their own domain
name, we would be happy to upload the entire Friends Who Care Website to your
church's domain - which means that all responses and feedback would come to your
email address for follow-up. Your church could then use this website as an
effective back-up to their outreach program. There is nothing to pay - other
than the domain registration and renewal. This is a free service with no
sub-agendas. Please visit the Friends Who Care website if you are interested,
and then speak to your church board. You may
for more information.