What can you do to help those in need?

Monday 13 February 2012

I remember the first time I got off a plane in Africa, greeted by the smell of dust, the scorching sun and new surroundings. I was part of a team of Aussie teachers who were there to train teachers. You see, unlike in Australia, in this part of the world to become a teacher usually means failing high school and then, with no training, be given a class of 90 students to teach, all on a salary of $2 a day. There is such a need for upskilling these teachers in the art of how to teach.

Wherever you look, there is someone in need and someone who does not have the basic resources such as food and shelter to lead a healthy life. Proverbs 31:20 (NLT) writes that a woman of wise character “extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.”

So what can you do to reach out to the poor and needy using your time and skills? Think locally and globally about areas of need that you see. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Help someone in your neighbourhood.

– volunteer at a local soup kitchen.

– make and bring a meal for a friend who needs it.

– spring clean your wardrobe and donate the good but unwanted clothes to a local charity.

2. Make a difference around the world.

– donate funds to a trusted charity doing great work in the developing world.

– volunteer your time and skills in a worthwhile overseas project.

A Girl of Wisdom has a compassionate heart for those in need around her. She sees where she can give help and is savvy in how to best provide this.


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