In the book of II Corinthians, the apostle Paul commends the Macedonian brethren for their overwhelming generosity in meeting the needs of famine stricken brothers and sisters in Christ in Jerusalem. I have to tell you that I often feel what the apostle Paul describes – amazing gratitude for the overwhelming generosity of the people of Madison Christian Church.
This past Sunday we had “Compassion Sunday.” Compassion International used our Fireside Room on Sunday afternoon for the first-ever central Ohio “Compassion Gathering.” In conjunction with that, we had an amazing speaker representing Compassion, Richmond Wangera. Richmond brought our message in both worship services on Sunday morning. (Never have I received so much amazing feedback about a guest speaker – Richmond is a gifted communicator. I sat in the audience in both services with tears running down my cheeks and a fairly significant lump in my throat as Richmond told his personal story of being a Compassion child and as he preached God’s Word.) Much appreciation goes to our own Donna Steinhauser for working so hard to make this day incredible.
As part of this Sunday, people were given the opportunity to sponsor a Compassion child. Our people rose to the occasion and sponsored 42 children, and more will be sponsored this Sunday. The lives of these children will be changed as they receive education, food, medical care, and most importantly, the gospel of Jesus Christ. They will be “released from poverty in Jesus’ name.”
We were challenged by Richmond Wangera to “live simply so that others may simply live.” I happily embrace that challenge. I am so thankful that many others hearts also welled up in overwhelming generosity and responded so beautifully.