Jesus had compassion for people with all kinds of needs, including disability, sickness, ignorance and injustice. Churches, too, should be willing to help meet all kinds of needs. Though our church may have few financial resources, it has people willing to pray and show love in caring for the needs of others.
Like the Good Samaritan, Christians need to be ready to meet the needs of our ‘neighbours’, whoever they are. There are many needs around us but we should not feel so overwhelmed that we do nothing. Each of us can make a real difference to the lives of others.
Sometimes needs may be very practical. Widows, orphans or those with disabilities may need help in their homes. The church may be able to encourage local government or organisations to help improve water supplies, healthcare or education. Improving literacy skills may increase people’s confidence. Young people under pressure to use drugs or take part in sex for financial reasons may find discussion and support groups helpful in understanding their options.
Where people face injustice, such as over access to land or unfair exploitation at work, the church could find experienced advisers to help defend the rights of those with little or no power.