What can you and I do to help suffering people around us and overseas?  

Here is a terrific video about a nurse who went to Africa on  a medical mission trip. If you are a Health Professional, what about going  as a volunteer to bring medical care to those who have none. There are many organizations that offer you this opportunity

VISION:  Projects on this website encourage donations to established organizations,  who can provide an income tax receipt, if needed, and are involved in humanitarian efforts. This is focused on, but not limited to:  helping the homeless, the poor (especially in countries in Africa),  orphans, widows, foreigners, and people in crisis, anywhere around us  through practical, hands-on projects. To relieve suffering, and bring joy.  

Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Prov 29:18 KJV

Here is a link to the top 100 Canadian Charities who raise funds,  and how they are graded. 

It has been a privilege to live on a farm that donates a  field to grow crops each year to feed the poor overseas. Since the farm is now rented, changes are underway,  but let this be an alert to farmers everywhere.

The Canadian government matches any gift to a registered charity organization 4:1 for many projects in foreign lands to help the poor.   That is $5.00 in total for every dollar raised.  A $100 gift becomes $500, and so on.  The funds raised at our annual church auction is part of this effort  to buy chickens and goats to feed a family, seeds to start a garden, or buy a rickshaw to give a man a job, or even new school clothes for children in need. It might be tin sheets to build a shelter for a family  or a bike to get around. A mosquito net saves thousands of lives from the dreaded malaria.

Blankets, water filters– there are many thing needed so badly across this world and the people who need them simply cannot afford them. Millions are struggling just to survive another day, while their babies die from water born diseases. So I really want to see wells dug in villages across Africa and worm medicine provided to clean little bodies so they can live and grow. Someone might be the next ruler of a country, or God’s messenger to bring us hope.

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, but give him a net and he can sell those fish in the market and provide a living for his family. Sewing machines and training programs for housewives helps them become self sufficient now that a loan program has developed to buy a machine.  Will you help?

Maybe like me you’ve longed for an opportunity to help somebody, anybody. But  so often people live  lonely isolated lives, even in cities surrounded by millions of others busy with their own interests.  Let’s bless one person today: an encouraging word; a phone call, a letter, even a package of goodies sent to someone near or far. And a moment of thankfulness, as a new day dawns or ends.




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