My young friend, Sumit, calls himself a "freelancer" on the streets of Delhi, his efforts devoted to those "helping those who are in need." His email reminded me of a letter once written by Mother Teresa, answering the question, "How did you start working with the dying?" She simply said, "I saw a dying person on the road, and I brought him home."
As we grow, we learn that service is neither difficult nor complicated. We just love.
For those whose service is to pray, I invite you to visit a wonderful site, Caring Bridge, and join the prayer support family for a 12 year old Minnesotan, Aaron Hullett. Just 12 years old, Aaron is recovering from two strokes. You can read more at Caring Bridge, and begin to lift up all in Aaron's circle.
If you live in the US, before the end of the year, consider making a charitable donation and get the added benefit of a tax write off. I have many favorite groups worthy of our support. Today, I introduce you to CFCA, incorporated internationally as either the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging or the Care Foundation for Children and Aging. My family supports a number of children and elders, and you can, too. Receive letters and photos from your sponsoree! More than 240,000 children around the world have great opportunities now, thanks to a CFCA sponsor. Without a doubt, your donation will change someone's life.
I can vouch for CFCA; in fact, I will be volunteering in April at the Hyderabad site in India, teaching English to working mothers. Read more about CFCA: "We help families in developing countries put food on the table and send their children to school so that, together, we can end the cycle of poverty."
And if you still need to be persuaded that your support can make a difference, make sure you go see the hit movie, "Slumdog Millionaire." Those two hours may well change your life. Here's a little snippet, to give you a taste of the film: