Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Compassion in Action

Four years ago, March 1st, CareVan, my non-profit ministry, launched into action.

CareVan's branding photo
We are a delivery service of non-food essentials to Suffolk County, NY families in need. Countless times over these past four years, I've been admonished to have the clients come and pick up their products. "WHY do you deliver?" comes the question in an almost disdaining way.

It would make sense, you would think, to not deliver, especially now that I don't live within proximity to most of the clients. It's a lot of extra gas and miles for me and for my right-hand, Keima, who does all the shopping and hauls it all to the Provision Center (my garage).

For four years my reply has been basically the same: "Because this is what The LORD told me to do."  And that is true.

However, it's taken me four years to get a revelation as to why The LORD has told me to run CareVan this way.  And my lightbulb moment came as I was driving home from a CareVan's client's baby shower on Sunday.

Jesus Christ was fully engaged with his "clients".  He cared deeply for those whose lives He touched.  The Miracle Worker wasn't interested in the numbers of the masses. His Compassion was for individual sufferings. Nor was He interested in His own comfort. He went out of His way to meet up with the hurting. (John, chapter four: the Samaritan woman at the well.)

The way CareVan is run is a reflection of GOD's Heart and His way of meeting individual's needs.

Fully engaged.
Fully present in their moment in time.
Going out of His way to come Face-to-face with a need.

Compassion in action.

CareVan is not a just a delivery service. It's not just about shampoos, deodorants, and trash bags.

It's a Jesus, The Christ service.  It's "Him" stepping into the lives of those in need.  Those in need of a Saviour.  They may think all they need at the moment is some toilet paper, laundry detergent, or diapers.  But, as always, Jesus looks into hearts.  He knows what their real need is.

Do you see the similarity?
As when He walked this earth, He still sees the hurts and the wounds life has inflicted.  He is still reaching out to the hurting and those caught in the trap of sin. Only, now, He does it through you and me.

We are commanded to go into all the world. GO. GO.  CareVan is a "Go into" ministry; therefore, we deliver.

And, for as long as The LORD provides, CareVan will stay this way.  Fully engaged.  Fully present in client's moments.  Going out of our way to meet a need.

Truly, Because of Him and Unto Him, and hopefully, Like Him,



Floyd Samons said...

How cool. Love the heart and compassion in action. Good for you for following His leading in obedience.

Eddy Damas said...

That's really cool! Yeah, sometimes people need much more than a delivery service!

Diane Ronzino said...

That's all any of us can do, Floyd, is follow His lead in obedience. Just like you, my brother!

Diane Ronzino said...

Hi Eddie. Welcome to "an encouraging word". Thank you for stopping by and reading. And taking the time to comment. God bless you.