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Week Two of our devotional was written by Chet Marshall who is a long- time partner with MBF through the Langhorne Presbyterian Church and is also on the missions committee. We are thankful for his willingness to share through very personal experiences and know that it will bless you. 

 

BIBLE VERSE

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35


LENTEN THOUGHT

com· pas· sion  (noun) - to suffer with

In 2004 I took my first mission trip to Guatemala. Our team set up medical clinics in small highland villages that had no doctors. There was lots of suffering among the patients we saw. The doctors were able to help some of those who suffered so much; for others no treatment was possible. It was difficult to see such suffering.


I returned to Guatemala in the next year and again saw so much suffering. After two years of coming home depressed, I decided that the next trip I would not get emotionally involved or show compassion to the patients. It was just too draining spiritually and physically. I would just count pills to fill the prescriptions and stay aloof.


The next trip I was doing great. Keeping my head down, just doing my job, when one of the doctors asked me how much of a strong pain medicine we had. When I told him, he said he was sending over a patient with stomach cancer who did not have long to live. Later as I handed the medicine to the elderly lady she took my hand, smiled, thanked me and said, “God bless you.” I started to lose it emotionally and had to leave the building. After a good cry, I composed myself and went back to work. This time making eye contact with every patient, touching their hand and saying God loves you. Lesson learned: You can’t be a Christian and not be compassionate.


CHALLENGE

This week spend time in reflection on how and when you show Christian compassion. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you little things that you can change in your routine, and try them out! See what happens as you allow God to lead you through your day. 


PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for allowing me to participate in your redemptive work in the world. As I prepare for a new day, help me see the world through Your eyes and look for opportunities where Your compassion is needed. Also in the places where You want me to act, please give me the courage, grace, and strength to be obedient and reflect Your love for others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Our first devotional is brought to you by James Menephee, MBF Director of Marketing. He also serves as a local pastor in the Houston area.


BIBLE VERSE

“A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was. But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him.”

Luke 10:33-34 (CEB)

 

LENTEN THOUGHT

"People may excite in themselves a glow of compassion, not by toasting their feet at the fire, and saying: "Lord, teach me compassion," but by going and seeking an object that requires compassion."

- Henry Ward Beecher

 

As we take this time during the Lenten season to reflect on Jesus’ life, death, and bodily resurrection, we can put ourselves in the place of the Samaritan to reflect God’s compassion.  First, the text tells us “…he saw him…”    In John 5:17, Jesus explains, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” How many opportunities do we miss in our fast-paced lives because we are not seeing where God is at work and how He may want to use us in the lives of others? This is a perfect season to slow our pace and look for how the Father is active in our surroundings.

 

Secondly, the Samaritan “…went to Him…”  This life of a follower of Jesus is a life of both faith and action. (John 2:14)  The Samaritan’s movement to compassion reflected the heart of God; his works reflected the salvation of God.  When we put our compassion into action, we are demonstrating God’s love for humanity and His desire to restore, renew, and rescue us from darkness.

 

CHALLENGE

Immediately after waking, ask God to reveal to you where He is at work in your surroundings (work, home, grocery store, etc...) and if there is any way He wants you to demonstrate His heart of compassion to others.

 

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank you for allowing me to participate in your redemptive work in the world. As I prepare for a new day, help me see the world through Your eyes and look for opportunities where Your compassion is needed. Also in the places where You want me to act, please give me the courage, grace, and strength to be obedient and reflect Your love for others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

We are to be ambassadors - representatives of God working on earth. Whether through ministry programming or Saline Training—an intensive workshop that creates an understanding of sharing the Gospel in a respectful and compassionate manner while treating the patient with quality care—we help our international partners by equipping them to hand out literal hope. We want to give you the opportunity to bless someone with the love of Jesus. 


  • YOur gift of $150 could bring new bibles and prayer books to a mission hospital for services. 


  • For $300 you could help our partners develop materials for their spiritual ministry programs that reach out to the community and nurture relationships. 


  • A gift of $1,000.00 can send a team from a partner mission hospital to a saline training.