Helping Those In Need: Your Duty As A Good Christian

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‘Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God’ Hebrews 13:16. As a good Christian helping others is likely to be high on your agenda, but when we lead such busy lives you might be wondering if there’s more you can do around your current responsibilities. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Volunteer in Another Country
Volunteering abroad can really make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate, and there are plenty of different routes you could go down even if you lead a very busy life. For example, you could volunteer for a summer, or if you’re still studying you could choose a gap year program. You could be doing anything from helping at an orphanage to helping to distribute food and medical supplies. You could attend youth group mission trips, where participate in revitalising communities, providing recreation for children, performing acts of kindness and sharing the teachings of the Gospel.

Volunteer Locally
If you’re unable to take time off work or school to volunteer abroad, there’s plenty you can do to help others in your own local area. Homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and soup kitchens are always in need of friendly and motivated individuals to help them with their work. Alternatively, you could volunteer with a mental health charity such as samaritans, or volunteer as a mentor for a disadvantaged youth in need of a positive role model. These are all things you can fit around your other responsibilities, while still providing much-needed assistance in helping others.

Donate To Charity
Every contribution no matter how small will be appreciated by charities, and by doing so you’re doing your bit in ensuring they are able to take care of others. You could put some money into a charity box when people are collecting, and giving as generously as you can when the church collection plate is passed around- some of this money goes to helping fund missionary work as well as to various charities. You can even sign up to donate to most charities as a direct debit so it comes out of your bank every month.

Raise Money For Charity
As well as donating to charity yourself, you could also start a fundraiser to encourage others to donate too. This could be in the form of a bake sale or a sponsored activity, make it fun and get people talking. Alternatively, you can contact your chosen charity, who will provide you with information and things like collection tins so you can raise some money this way. If you’re raising money online, you can set up a fundraiser with Just Giving so the money goes all into one place, and you don’t have to worry about dealing with cash.

Whatever you decide to do, remember that no act of kindness is ever wasted. Do what you can with the time and resources you have, and continue to strive to help others.

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