Your brother’s keeper

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Be blessed Gala­tians 6 vs 2

“BEAR one an­other’s bur­dens, and so ful­fil the law of Christ.”

I met an ex­tra­or­di­nary young man a few days ago. He is a pas­tor in one of the remote dis­tricts of our coun­try, a marginalised area that is very hot and the ex­treme cli­mate makes it dif­fi­cult for agri­cul­ture to suc­ceed there. Its in­hab­i­tants are a mi­nor­ity group whose lan­guage is very dif­fer­ent from the main­stream.

Their cus­toms and ways dif­fer sig­nif­i­cantly, thereby fur­ther dis­tanc­ing them from the main­stream. The young pas­tor shared with me that in this dis­tinct but cruel set­ting, he was pi­o­neer­ing the work of spread­ing the gospel. Un­like other ar­eas where the global de­nom­i­na­tion is found, the in­come lev­els in this part of the coun­try were vir­tu­ally non-ex­is­tent. The in­hab­i­tants lit­er­ally sur­vive on the mercy of the Lord.

He spoke so pas­sion­ately about his work of win­ning souls there and what his plans were for this im­pov­er­ished re­gion. I could see the pas­sion and com­mit­ment in this young man and his de­sire to up­lift and change the lives of oth­ers. As we got talk­ing he started speak­ing about some of the projects he in­tended to work on, one of which was the build­ing of a clinic.

He said that the need of the hour was a clinic to pro­vide med­i­cal re­lief to the in­hab­i­tants of his district. Ap­par­ently the only other clinic is thirty or so kilo­me­tres away and, given those dis­tances and the gen­eral lack of mo­bil­ity, sick peo­ple had to be fer­ried on one’s back in or­der to ac­cess med­i­cal at­ten­tion. As was the case, many would die on this per­ilous jour­ney.

His plea there­fore was for a few bags of ce­ment and some roof­ing ma­te­ri­als to fin­ish the clinic they had started build­ing. He said that given these mea­ger ma­te­ri­als, the com­mu­nity would gather to­gether, pro­vide man­ual labour and build the clinic. On com­ple­tion they would re­quest the min­istry of health to pro­vide a nurse who would be de­ployed there for ser­vice.

He did not ask for any­thing else other than that as­sis­tance, he did not speak of his own need or his cir­cum­stances. He did how­ever say he needed to rush back home in the next few day as he had lots of work to do there.

I was very touched by his com­mit­ment and de­sire to help. He ex­hib­ited an un­selfish love that is very rare. His prayer was for the peo­ple he was serv­ing and noth­ing more. His life has been ded­i­cated to ser­vice with no vis­i­ble ma­te­rial gain to him­self other than to im­prove the lives of oth­ers.

It got me think­ing that I in­ter­act with so many peo­ple who tell me their life stories, their heart’s de­sires and their prob­lems. The bulk of what I hear is about what the Lord should be do­ing or can do for the in­di­vid­u­als. Very few peo­ple speak about what they would like the Lord to help them do for oth­ers and how they can im­prove the cir­cum­stances of those that have been placed in their care.

You and I are our brother’s keeper, let’s make a com­mit­ment to not only care for our­selves but to care for oth­ers as well. Let’s be­gin to care more for those who are less priv­i­leged than us. Life is fraught with prob­lems, we all have them, but our prob­lems should not de­ter us from show­ing love to oth­ers and help­ing where we can.

Let us be­gin to think of how we can make the world a bet­ter place. Like the young pas­tor it starts with one self­less act and soon the im­pact of that ac­tion will change a gen­er­a­tion.

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