Quiet Times

Christ’s Ambassadors

This quiet time is intended to hlep you gain a general understanding of the condition of the world related to poverty, a deeper understandng of the compassionate heart of Jesus and a stronger conviction about your role as Christ’s Ambassadors.

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as through God were making his appeal through us.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20

Our God is a loving and MERCIFUL God. As disciples of Jesus Christ, He has forgiven us of all of our sins and given us a new life with a new purpose. He is calling us to be His Ambassadors, to represent Him in a world that is lost and hurting.

Despite unprecedented wealth, resources and advancement in technologies, 80% of the world still lives in a state of poverty. If we are to evangelize all nations, to win the world for Christ, we must bring the gospel to them. However, as our dear brother Carver Bedeau so aply stated, “people cannot hear the Word of God if they are starving.”

Throughout the scriptuers, both the Old Testament and New Testament, god calls us to care for the poor, the needy, the less fortunate. By doing so, we will honor God (proverbs 14:31). However,”He who closes his eyes to the poor receives many curses” (proverbs 28:27). To answer the call to honor God by caring for the poor and less fortunate, mercy worldwide, the benevolent arm of the international Christian churches, was formed.

The vision of Mercy, based on Matthew nine: 35 – 38 (see below), is:

“Compassionate service that creates opportunities to transform lives”

The heart behind Mercy is Jesus’s heart of compassion. We seek to help those in need, to teach them how to fish rather than just giving them a fish, when and where possible, so that they can sustain their lives. Our intent is not to just change their lives but to transform them, prayer for eternity.

Mercy is an acronym and serves our mission statement:

Maximizing efforts for relief and care, with a special focus on youth, worldwide.

Some facts about poverty

It is estimated that 1 billion people live on one dollar and $1.25 a day. Former world bank president Robert McNamara describe this level of extreme poverty as” falling below any rational definition of human decency.”

Poverty is the main cause of hunger because the poor lack the resources to grow or purchase the food they need.

Even though there is enough food produced worldwide to provide everyone with an adequate diet, nearly 854 million people (1 out of 8) still go hungry.

A child born in the world’s poorest nations has a 1 in 6 chance of dying before their fifth birthday. In high income countries, the odds are about 1 in 165.

About 22,000 children die each day due to conditions of poverty.

Approximately 1.2 billion people–1 in 7 people –still live without access to electricity.

In Haiti, Hunger is so extreme that a common meal is a mud–cake, made from dirt and water, With no nutritional value.

One of the extreme conditions of poverty is water– born diseases due to lack of sanitation (no toilets and sewage systems), poor hygiene and contaminated water.

According to a study in 2010, the top five poorest countries in the world are India (with 33% of the worlds poor), China (13%), Nigeria (7%), Bangladesh (6%), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (5%).

Adding another five countries –indonesia, pakistan, tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya–would include almost 80% of the world extreme poor.

The 27 countries of sub-Saharan Africa Account for more than one third of the worlds extreme poor, and 54% of these residence Live in extreme poverty, the highest proportion among global nations worldwide.

But poverty is not just an issue in the developing world. There are 16.4 million children living in poverty in the United States. That’s about 21%, compared to last than ten percent in the UK and in France. The percentage of poor children the US has also climbed by 4.6% since the start of the great recession in 2007.

One in three American women–about 42 million –either live in poverty or on the brink of it. And, one of every six elderly people in America living poverty.

The pew research Center’s project for excellence in journalism and found that out of 52 mainstream media outlets analyzed, coverage of poverty issues amounted to less than 1% available news space from 2007 to 2012, a period That cover the historic recession.

The report also concluded that media organizations chose not to cover poverty issues because “it was potentially uncomfortable to advertisers seeking to reach a wealthy consumer audience.”

Mercy – compassion in action

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease And sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said he was disciples,” the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Asked the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” -Matthew nine: 35 – 38

This is the theme scripture for mercy worldwide. Jesus would travel the country side teaching and preaching and healing sickness And disease. He would take care of peoples physical needs so their hearts would be open to their spiritual needs.

Jesus knew the hearts and conditions of man and consequently had “compassion on them for they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Compassion is a deep feeling of sympathy and pity towards others with an intention to do something about it. Mercy is compassion in action.

Jesus was all about”transforming” lives, not just changing them. Change has to do with something or someone getting faster, better, smarter, Etc. Transformation is Best described as going from a caterpillar to a butterfly, a conversion from one state to another, example: darkness to light, blindness to seeing, Lost to saved.

Workers for the Lord

Continue to develop Jesus’s heart of compassion so that as you travel amongst the crowds you see what Jesus sees. You are a worker for the Lord, an ambassador for Christ, representing God as he makes his appeal to the world. He is calling you to put your compassion into action, to not just change lives for the better but to transform lives for eternity.

Mercy worldwide –compassionate service that creates opportunities to transform lives.

Questions:

Ask yourself:

Consider how Jesus sees the world. If you were to describe the condition of the world, how are you describe it? Write it down.

Do you see with the same lenses, the same heart that Jesus does? When you go about your day what do you see? Write down your observations.

What is the world portraying for you to see? The movies? The media? Entertainers? Athletes? Companies? What are they attempting to persuade you to see? Write them down.

Do you see things at the surface or do you look beyond the façade the world is trying to paint for you and Hollywood is trying to portray? Write down your thoughts.

Are you aligned with Jesus’s heart? Do you see what Jesus sees? Where are you aligned? Where are the gaps? Do you have a heart to bridge the gaps to adopt Jesus heart? What will it take for you to do so? Write this down.

Put your thoughts to prayer, asking God for wisdom, Guidance, Forgiveness, Repentance, Strength and courage to represent Christ as his ambassador.

God is making his appeal through you, as Christ’s ambassador (two Corinthians 5:20)! How to spiritual eyes that see, the heart of compassion to feel, in the spirit to transform the world, one person at a time!

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