Feb. 11 - Why Does Newstart Serve People in Other Countries?
God blesses each of us a different set of passions, skills, and desires that He cultivates within us throughout our lives. If we allow Him work in our hearts, he will open opportunities for us to bless others with those gifts; that small seed he plants in our heart will grow to make a difference within his kingdom for years to come.
When our pastor, Greg McNichols, was in his 20s, God transformed his heart and planted a passion for working with impoverished people and communities in third world countries. Since Newstart opened its doors in 2001, Greg has been sharing his passion with our church members and, together, we have been able to bless people internationally for over 15 years.
We are blessed to be part of a church with so many generous people who listen for God's call and are anxious to move where He directs. For many of us, that call may not be to international work, but to helping communities here in Central Ohio. At Newstart that decision is not an “either/or” choice, but “both/and.” Many of our members have answered God’s call by partnering with local organizations and opening opportunities up to the church.
Sixty-four percent of Guatemalans live in poverty and 30% are in extreme poverty, getting by in desperate conditions we can’t even imagine. One benefit to working in third world countries is that our dollar stretches much further and can bless so many more than here in America. Many people around the world struggle through the long process of purifying water, when a simple $40 water filtration system could make an immense change to their lives. We each could provide that to a family in need just by just packing our lunches for a week. This summer we will be able to provide two houses to our Guatemalan community for around $9,000 total.
And finally, but certainly not least of all, we serve others because Scripture calls us to do so. Just a few examples:
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Proverbs 11:25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
2 Corinthians 8:14 At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality.