Dr. Sam Martin
Let me begin by wishing you and yours a ‘Blessed New year’ and assure you, I pray the Lord will bless you in every way in the months ahead!
Over the years I often became discouraged when I heard Church leaders say, “We cannot get anyone to serve! We need workers for Sunday school, youth ….. And … but no one responds to our cries for help.” The list goes on. Of course as a Pastor, I had been in their shoes. So often we hear people say/sing “I surrender all” but then find they are too busy to make themselves available to serve God.
Well at the end of the year, a young lady who had grown up through the Mission and who had just graduated from our High School asked to speak with me. She began by sharing how blessed she had been as a Sponsored child, and how she loved every moment studying at the Mission School. She hugged me with a big smile of thanks and appreciation.
Then she startled me by saying, “Pastor Sam, I would like to work at the School for at least a year, even before I seek to enter a career.” Before I could respond, she said “and I will work for nothing, you don’t need to pay me!”
As I looked at this bright young girl, my eyes filled and I felt a lump in my throat. She came from a poor family, she could move out and start working and earn a salary, but she wanted to stay at the Campus, do whatever needed done, and she would not expect payment. To say I was deeply moved would be to understate the emotions I felt. I quietly thanked God for such a spirit.
Of course as she serves with us, she will be financially looked after and we know the Lord Himself will bless her.
My friend, are you willing to serve the Lord Jesus even if you are not paid? Have you given your all to Him? He gave His all for you!” Why not take a few moments in this New Year and give yourself, all that you are and have to Christ?
Dr. Sam Martin
Let me simply take a few moments to wish you and yours, A Very Merry and Blessed Christmas! Thank you also for being so faithful in reading ‘Mission Moments’ and for supporting the Mission.
Let me just share with you a few thoughts as we approach Christmas, and ask you to read and think about the words of a beautiful poem, “What Christmas is all about."
Christmas will always be for us
A time to reflect on Christ,
The gift God gave to all the world
Was the gift of His life
We know Christmas is not about tinsel,
Nor fancy Christmas wreaths,
Nor is it about all the decorations
That adorns our Christmas trees
And it's not about Holly or Mistletoe
Hanging from our doors,
Nor is it about the gifts that are left
By the jolly Santa Claus
Christmas is more than all of this
And the only reason why
We celebrate Christ's birth together
And the wonder of His life
So remember as you celebrate,
Just what it's all about
And invite the Lord to join with you,
Instead of leaving Him out
For He will always be the reason
We celebrate this day,
No substitute the world may offer
Can take that meaning away.
© By M.S.Lowndes
Dr. Sam Martin
Forgive me, I am not being negative or factious, I am thinking about some of the homes I have visited, some homes that we have found families living in.
Let me share please:
* Where a Guatemalan Pastor, his wife and 4 children were living! Honestly as I stood looking at what was their home, tears filled my eyes and pain my heart! Here was a servant of God, a brother. It was a thrill for the Mission to build a new home for him complete with kitchen and toilet. He shared how he had prayed for a long time that someone would come and help him and his family, and The Arms of Jesus Children’s Mission became the answer to his prayers.
My friends, we are incredibly blessed!
* The Home of a family in Cap Rouge, Haiti. Living in this shack for years as they battle the cold and damp nights. For them, bed was the ground and the thought of dreaming of a white Christmas would never cross their minds, but I am sure they dreamt often of having a home with a proper roof and walls, a bed to sleep on. For the family it was a dream they never thought would come true, but then the Mission came through for them!
My friends, it is 2017 and yet so many people in our world are living in homes like those I have shared. Often forgotten by Governments, without hope and the world rushes past to line up for the latest gadgets and toys.
urely the Lord wants to do something to help? We read in James 2,
“And one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?”
In Matthew 25, Jesus says:
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?’
Yes, there is no place like home, if you have a home! Why not get family and friends together, workmates, Church group and help provide a ‘Home for a needy family’ this Christmas. Cost $1,800.00Bless you!
Dr. Sam Martin
Honestly, it was one of the most moving moments in the four Graduation Ceremonies in Guatemala, and there were many!
It is an honor for me to speak at the graduations of our School in Guatemala and honestly it is such a blessing! I had my addresses prepared, but then something happened that made me change the address for the Primary School. I received an email with a picture attached – let me share the picture:
Yes it was a picture of Minnie Mouse, taken on a Disney Cruise. If you look closely you will notice Minnie is holding a picture and has her arm around a special boy.
Now you might be tempted to ask, ‘So – what is the big deal?’ Well, the picture is of a girl sponsored by the boy’s Family! Honestly, they were on a cruise with their son Daniel, and not only was he introduced to Minnie Mouse, but they showed her a picture of their sponsored child in Guatemala, Ailyn Dyanna.
I was stunned! On a vacation and yet they carried a picture of Ailyn with them. Now that is love! Minnie not only held the picture, but kissed it! Everyone in the audience was absolutely amazed. Amazed that the family carried the picture of their special sponsored child with them, even on a Cruise.
My mind took me to the words of Paul to the Philippians (Chapter 1 v 7) where he says, “It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart.”
The Fost Family from Newfoundland Canada has their sponsored child in their heart and everyone was amazed as I shared the story, then presented Ailyn with the picture! Needless to say, the young girl had tears running down her face.
Would it be nice if we kept each other and others in our hearts? Thanks to the Fost family for being so faithful and kind. See picture of Ailyn at the graduation.. Wow, sponsorship is special!
Dr. Sam Martin
It was one of those things I just could not get out of my mind! And driving to the office this morning I felt I had to share it with the staff in our devotional time, and I had to write it for the Blog, trusting it will be an encouragement and inspiration to all who read it.
Every week people place their garbage at the end of the driveway knowing that no matter the weather, the Garbage Truck will come along and the driver will get out and pick up the bags or boxes and empty the garbage into the truck.
The lady, looking at the garbage placed at homes along the street, began to think about ‘The Garbage Man.’ Yes the driver of the truck who week by week stops and picks up the garbage, throws it into the truck and moves on to the next home. She wondered if anyone ever took the time to thank him. Rather than just wonder, she decided to do something.
She left her home when she heard the garbage truck in the distance and walked down her driveway and stood beside the garbage. Slowly but surely, the truck stopped at where she was standing and the driver got out. The lady said, “excuse me can I speak with you please.” The driver walked towards her and she knew by his eyes he was not sure what was about to happen and no doubt he is wondering, ‘what have I done.’ When he reached her, she said “Hi, I just want to thank you for what you do each week, I know it can’t be easy and I want you to know I appreciate it, so again thank-you.”
He was somewhat taken aback. He took his gloves off, reached out his hand and as he shook the lady’s hand, he expressed his surprised thanks. They spoke for a few moments. He shared a little about his life and as he made to get back into the truck, the lady said, “By the way would you like a coke? And pulled a coke from her pocket and he was delighted to take it. He jumped in the truck and drove off waving.
Now I wonder how that garbage man felt? What impact did that simple act of kindness have on him? Why share this? Let me answer in three simple ways:
First of all, with a song I heard as a child back in Scotland:
If I can help somebody, as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song
Then, my living shall not be in vain!
Secondly, with a saying I heard somewhere in the past and which is wildly known:
‘One kind act can transform someone’s day, and sometimes it’s not what you say but what you do that can change people.’
Thirdly, and most importantly the teaching of Scripture. Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians Church these words (Chapter 9 v 13-14):
‘As a result of your ministry, men will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.’
‘A Garbage man, a lady and a coke’ and a special but simple act of kindness and that brings to mind another old Gospel song:
Cups of cold water, given in Jesus' name,By the way, the Lady was and is my wife!
Cups of cold water are never given in vain.
Someday in heaven when we meet the Lord,
Each deed of kindness will bring a rich reward.