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Letter: Opening up our churches to people who are in need

"In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto Me." (Matthew 25:40). The whole chapter should awaken mercy to the less fortunate. Yet, how many times do we place ourselves above the less fortunate?

I guess it could be because of the dangers these days in bringing the needy into our homes, or picking up hitchhikers on a road, that we might hesitate. We also may wonder how the monies would be used, if we were to give money to the person wanting a handout. We can, however, give food instead.

We have the incredible story about the "Good Samaritan." This man stopped to bind the hurt man's wounds, lifted him upon his own donkey, took him to an inn, cared for him, and then told the inn keeper that he would pay for any expenses when he returned.

Author Ellen White said, "It is not possible for the heart in which Christ abides to be destitute of love ... We shall not need to be entreated to feel for the woes of others. It will be as natural for us to minister to the needy and suffering as it was for Christ to go about doing good ... Wherever there is an impulse to love and sympathy, wherever the heart reaches out to bless others, there is revealed the working of God's Holy Spirit."

We never know if Jesus is testing our hearts So the next time you see someone in need, why not ask yourself, "What would Jesus do?"

There are those who have opened churches to provide shelter and food for the needy. Please, let's help them do this Christ- like work in some way. Let's not hinder them. There was talk of, "not up to code." Is a car, or a cardboard box, or the hard ground more up to code?

It would have been nice if the old high school could have been used to house the homeless or low-income people, instead of tearing it down.

There could be more homeless in the years to come. Instead of thinking so much about codes, why not be more concerned about lives. If we aren't caring for the needy, they may be driven to steal to survive.

May we open our hearts and let the Holy Spirit work through us to help others.

Lenore Vermeersch