While it took a little while to get here, it appears that winter has arrived in Eastern Iowa! For some of us this means fun outdoor activities or the minor inconveniences of clearing the snow from driveways and sidewalks. For others, though, the cold temperatures are much more serious. For people who are homeless, something to eat and a warm place to sleep at night is not something to be taken for granted. Quite seriously, it can be a matter of life and death.
In the Bible, Jesus encourages us to take care of those less fortunate. Matthew 25:34-40 says:
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Life 101.9’s Share The Love is an opportunity for you to show the love of Jesus in a practical way to someone who is homeless in Eastern Iowa. Your gift of $15 will provide someone who is homeless with a hot meal and warm bed for one night at a homeless shelter. Not only will you be providing help to someone who needs it, but at the same time you will be bringing encouragement to the volunteers and staff that do such amazing work at these shelters each day.
If you can sponsor one night, that’s great! Perhaps God has blessed your family and you cold sponsor a whole weeks’ worth of nights. Anything you can do will help us reach our goal of 1,000 nights sponsored, so would you consider getting involved today?
Working together, let’s Share The Love in Eastern Iowa!