By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s good and sees his brother in need yet closes his heart against him how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word and speech but in deed and in truth.
(I John 3:16-18)
I have long found this to be a beautiful and compelling text. We are a people who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus who gave his life for us on the cross. That is, when God saw us in our acute state of need as sinners he was moved by love (“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son …”) to do something about it, even at such a great cost. Now we, as his children, carry the same spiritual DNA. We, too, when we see need, have the same impulse of love to do what we can, all that we can, to meet that need.
Of course, there are needs all around us, staggering needs, and we can’t possibly meet them all. But God has let us see the need in Haiti and has given us an open door to do something about it. So years ago when we heard about the need of the orphans at Cavaillon we responded, along with others in our Presbytery. We have been supporting the 85 children at the “Cavaillon Children’s Village” now for about six years which God has used to make a huge impact in their lives in many ways.
Recently, we have heard that Haiti is embroiled in what has been labeled a civil war. This has caused all commodities such as food and fuel to be in desperately short supply. This has severely impacted the orphanages of ESMI (the indigenous Haitian ministry affiliated with the PCA with whom we partner) including Cavaillon. ESMI has struggled to find enough food to feed these kids and what they’ve been able to secure has been at exorbitant prices. This has caused them to burn through the support we normally send them at a much faster rate. They are getting by, though barely.
This is why Trinity, this Sunday, will be taking a special offering to supplement our normal giving to ESMI to help them through this crisis. There are others giving as well so I’m hoping that the combined efforts will be enough to get them through this crisis until things return to some measure of normalcy. There is no official goal for what we hope to collect and send. Just as much as possible! However, personally, I’m praying that our combined efforts will result in about $5,000 being collected for Cavaillon. A little over $2,000 has been collected to date.
I invite you to join me in this impulse to respond in love to the children of Cavaillon.