Posted by: macahajo | October 1, 2013

Who is my neighbor?

Slide1When I was 16 years old, I began a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I heard the Gospel clearly spoken, and I put my faith in Christ and what He did for me by dying on the cross for my sins. My life has never been the same since. He has been so good to me.  The Bible is our Heavenly Father’s Word to us, and as I desire to follow Him, I try to live my life according to His Word.

Titus 2 and Deuteronomy 6 are important passages of Scripture to me, as the Lord has taught me more about His calling on my life as a wife and mom.  I want to love my husband and children, and teach our children about the Lord.

In addition to the importance that my family is in my life, the Lord has also burdened my heart for the poor and needy.   As I read His Word, I am told to “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3-4)  God initially burdened my heart for the poor many years ago, when I was 18 years old. I saw the poorest of the poor for the first time; people living in Reynosa, Mexico who hardly had anything.

For a long time, there were people who would go to care for the poor but they would not share the Gospel. And then there were others who would go to share the Gospel but they would not care for the people’s physical needs. I want to do both because that is what Jesus did.  He ministered to the whole person; to a person’s physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. This is what holistic ministry is. This is the whole Gospel.

22,000 children die each day due to poverty (according to UNICEF).  In Cameroon, 30% of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day.  Sometimes I think, What if it was me living in poverty? What if my family and I didn’t have enough money for our next meal?  What if my family and I didn’t have access to clean water? What if my parents died and my aunt who I went to live with could hardly put food on the table for her own children, let alone for me?  Can you believe that this is the reality for so many?  Can you imagine this?  As a follower of Christ, I am called to, “Speak up for those who can not speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Psalm 31:8-9)  I must do something. I can’t keep quiet. I can’t ignore these realities and these people who are suffering.  I can’t ignore His calling; a calling so strong.  

Using the gifts in administration that the Lord has given me, I want to partner with African Christian leaders, to develop projects that will give the poorest of the poor hope for today and for eternity.  The Lord is calling me to Africa to declare the Gospel message by sharing what Christ has done, and demonstrate the Gospel message by showing His love to the poor.

I am going to Cameroon to develop, empower, and release African Christian leaders in holistic ministry. 

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Matthew 22:37-39

I would so appreciate your prayers,

Cathy Lynn


Responses

  1. We wish you the best and what a blessing you will be! You have done a great job of preparing your path & sponsorships. I have never seen it done better.

    • Thank you Owen and Sandi. You have been faithfully involved in missions for a long time, and so we are blessed by your compliment and encouragement. It means a lot to me. I have a lot of special memories serving together at Friedens. So thankful for you both.


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