:: Take 3 ::
When do you pray? Twenty-four hours a day.
When Nehemiah saw the needs of the people in Jerusalem, he committed himself to fasting and prayer. Join me as we talk about prayer, and poverty.
During more than 60 years of serving the poor here on Skid Row and around the world, I’ve learned one basic fact – the problems of the poor are not at their root, political, social, or economic. They are, at their very core, spiritual. Nehemiah understood this when he wrote: “When I heard about the suffering in Jerusalem, I fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta worked among some of the most devastating needs in the world, yet she realized, much like Nehemiah, her total dependence upon God to guide her. One day she was asked, "How do you pray? When does a busy person like you find time to pray?" "Twenty-four hours a day," she replied softly. "Twenty-four hours a day."
Friend, will you join us in praying like Nehemiah and Mother Teresa prayed – for lost, hurting, hungry people here on the streets. Ask God to give us His plans for feeding the hungry, healing the hurting, and giving new life to those dead in their trespasses and sins. We need friends like you who not only recognize a problem but who, with God’s help, are willing to do something about it. We need those who are willing to make a personal commitment to reach out to a dying world; who will pray for the needy, and who are willing to be moved to action by God’s compassion.
We share God’s love for the soul, and good food for the body. Please give online, www.fjm.org. Or mail your gift to the Mission, PO Box 12345, Covina 91722. You can also donate by phone at 1-844-FJM-FOOD.
Willie Jordan (Mrs. Fred Jordan)
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