Whilst we know that eternal life is a greater gift than any temporary help we can give on this earth, God makes his passion for the poor and needy very clear throughout Scriptures. If we love God, we cannot ignore the needs of the people around us. In fact, as James writes, faith that is not prepared to act on behalf of others is no faith at all.
Like any major city, our city has areas where there are many living below the poverty line, many of whom survived the Holocaust. ONE FOR ISRAEL has coordinated with the city municipality to find households in great need, particularly Jewish Holocaust survivors, and to take them gifts of food and supplies. All our staff team go and visit these people, often alone and struggling with life, and seek to give not only practical help, but also to bring some comfort, encouragement, and love in the name of the Lord.
JAMES 2:14-17 “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled”, without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”