From Our President
DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE BLIND?
No light. No colors. You live in complete darkness. You hear the voices of your family members, but never see their faces. You are blind…and a burden.
It’s difficult enough for your family—poor villagers in India—to make a living without the additional concern of taking care of you. More often than not, you find yourself questioning the purpose of your existence.
DEAD EYES…THAT NOW SEE JESUS
You shuffle onto the dusty road outside your house one morning, feeling the sun’s heat on your face while listening to the noise of the passing rickshaws, bicycles, and donkey carts.
Without warning, someone grabs your hand. A man’s voice speaks to you about a place that can fix your eyes.
“Do you want to see?” he asks. “Then come with me.”
He guides you to a clinic where you agree to undergo an operation. The anesthesia puts you to sleep, and when you awake…
Light! Color! People! You can see their faces!
“Now that your physical blindness has been taken care of,” the doctor tells you, “let’s take care of your spiritual blindness.”
She directs you to a room with other recovered patients. You take a seat and a film is projected onto the wall. For the first time in your life, you learn about Jesus Christ…His sacrifice for your sins, His resurrection from the grave.
MERCY CAME RUNNING
This scenario is the same one that continually plays out in the lives of countless people in a Muslim-majority region in India. An indigenous ministry, assisted by Christian Aid Mission, runs an eye hospital where they perform tens of thousands of surgeries every year to restore people’s sight. The hospital chaplain presents the gospel to each patient; everyone leaves with a Bible in their own language.
The ministry’s four “social workers” set out on donated motorbikes to search for villagers who are blind or have low vision. They follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).
The blind aren’t looking to be rescued. The rescuers are looking for the blind.
How like us?
When we were blind to the truth, our Savior opened our eyes.
When we were dead in our transgressions—helpless to save ourselves—our Savior saved us.
“…when I could not reach mercy, mercy came running to me,” sing Phillips, Craig, and Dean.
YOU ARE A VESSEL OF MERCY
The eye ministry in India is only one of hundreds of Christian Aid Mission-assisted ministries throughout the world that run with mercy to the poorest people on earth. Your gifts enable them to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to those in physical and spiritual poverty. Because of you, they have food for the refugee in a foreign land, medicine for the sick widow, shelter for the abandoned child.
Thank you for being a vessel of mercy, poured out on the “least of these.” Because of you, the blind now see.
Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation,
PS: This month, I’ve added a place on the reply card where you can support the ministry of Christian Aid Mission, which includes providing the “least of these” with food, water, clothing, medical care, and—most importantly—the hope found only in our Savior, Jesus Christ.
PPS: You may have noticed the new codes at the end of each item. These more specific codes will help us track each gift more efficiently. Thank you for adapting with us.
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