We are blessed at Food for the Hungry (FH) to walk alongside thousands of incredible churches, devoted leaders and faithful individuals who understand how life-giving it is to become “invested” in the cause of the poor.
I’ve seen it over and over again when I have the opportunity to travel to the challenging places of the world with our partners. Or when I talk with a child sponsor who has had the opportunity to grow and learn and love a child who has dreams and potential but is limited by her circumstances.
In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul pleads that we “widen” our hearts, so that we do not limit our perspective of the world. That means we are called to extend out of our comfort zone, make sacrifices, and engage with the unfamiliar. When we do so, it requires us to think outside of ourselves. To be disciplined in prayer for others. To seek a lifestyle that gives God the glory through acts of compassion and empathy.
You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also. (2 Corintians 6:12-13)
The kingdom of God is one built on the currency of relationships. This holiday season when you consider giving, we invite you to be investors in the fight against poverty. Be it through child sponsorship, or getting your church involved, or even volunteering your time and being committed to talk about those in need with your friends and family, I challenge you to widen your heart.