CHN is a network of volunteers from churches throughout the United States of America and throughout the nations. Our mission and passion is to carry on the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

February 2013

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34,35)

 

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. So much has happened lately that it is difficult to keep up with the times of our mailing. Please call our prayer line, and let us know that you are ok and if you have any special prayer requests. We pray for you daily, and it helps to know if there is something that you need prayer for.

This month the world celebrates Valentine’s Day. Couples will go out for a special dinner, and beautiful heart shaped boxes of chocolates will be given to express ones’ love. I recall the wonderful times I had with my husband, Joe, on Valentine’s Day. We would dress up in our best clothes and go out to a nice restaurant to have a special dinner. One place in particular, had a man go from table to table with his violin and he would sing a love song. It would have been so romantic if he would have waited for Joe to come back from the rest room to do this! However, there I was, sitting by myself while this man serenaded me while I worked hard to suppress a laughing fit! Oh, that was just so painful!!! (Laughing here)

Anyhow, while thinking of all this, the Scripture John 13:34 and 35 came to mind. When Jesus gave us His new command, it was a simple, yet powerful one. He says to love one another as He loves us. Amazing! How can we ever imagine loving others the same as He loves us? He goes on to say... “by this all men will know that you are My disciples.” This is a hefty command! Jesus, who left the Glory of Heaven, who came down to earth and was born of a Virgin, who lived among us, suffered, died, and Rose from the dead, is the example that is given!!! When Jesus walked the earth, He healed the sick, He set the captives free, and He raised the dead. He had compassion for all who came to Him. He never turned away from anyone who called upon Him! He showed love to all. He loved the sinner, He loved the sick... He was Love!

During the time of the hurricane here in NY, so many people suffered. It was cold out, and many did not have heat or hot water. They waited and waited for Fema to come because they could not touch anything until their home was inspected by them. My daughter lost electricity for almost a week, and had no heat or phone or cell service. One of our volunteers had water up to her first floor and was sleeping on her second

floor while her first floor was cleaned out, and her new furnace was installed. There were no buses running and the supermarkets were all flooded so she had to take trains to get to the stores to buy food.

One of our partners lost her entire first floor that housed her 99 year old mom who has to have oxygen. Thank God they were able to get her mom upstairs where she was safe. But then they had the work of trying to fix the house. People came back after having to leave their homes to find just a skeleton of a home left.

A young couple with two little girls from our church also had severe damage to their home. This was the second time for them! The children lost their pets, and toys and so much that is familiar to little children.

I am telling you all this so that I can also let you know how volunteers stepped up to help so many. My daughter, even without electricity yet, found an outreach looking for baby clothes and diapers, and she immediately went on Facebook and asked for help. She was able to shop and bring tons of new clothes and diapers to that outreach. Different ministries opened up tents or trucks to give out food and blankets.

I opened up my Facebook page to gather in resources and the latest updates for people in need of services. Many of the people I am connected with began sending their information to me and I was able to get the word out to “friend” me and get the latest information for referrals for people in need. I had the flu, but spent 14 hour days working to get as much information that I could out there.

Our Hope Connection prayer line was out for only one day, but our phone provider saw to it that we were able to transfer calls to our volunteers homes. So those in need of prayer, resources, or just someone to talk to, were able to reach a live person for that help.

A school near us gives a free Thanksgiving Day dinner each year, where the students, all boys, serve and provide entertainment. This year they included Staten Island residents too and CHN was able to mail out free tickets to all who called for them.

This is it my friend. This is where we see as in the Book of Acts how the body of Christ came together to help one another and to serve. This is the love that Jesus is talking about. It is giving unselfishly, unconditionally, of oneself to show His love to others. It did not matter if the people were Christian, or any other faith, or no faith. What mattered is showing the Love of Christ in action. What mattered was people reaching out to people, not only to give of resources and help, but hugs too. At times like these, hugs are healing. Everyone did what they could do, according to age, physical condition, financially... whatever. Let us pray that we can be those people in times of need every day, not just in times of tragedy. Let us ask God to always show us what He wants us to see to be of help. Let us become the answer to their prayers. Father, I lift up this reader and ask that You touch him or her, and give this person Your heart, Your love, Your courage to pick up and reach out and be Your hands, Your feet, Your smile, Your loving arms around a person in need. Amen.

God bless you!

In His Service,

Pastor Barbara

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