November 1, 2013
Then the King will say to those at his right hand, “Come, O blessed of 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.”
A very dear pastor friend of mine refers to these words as the most familiar, yet the most haunting, words in all of Holy Scripture. They are words, he says, that not only challenge us to love and serve others, but that color God’s judgment of us according to how well we accomplish them.
When you think about it, the sentiment contained in Matthew 25 is an important reason why so many churches and individuals have chosen to become involved in the Mission of the Lafayette Urban Ministry. It is why, I believe, so many have chosen to do so by directly supporting the work of LUM’s Good Samaritan Fund.
Each day families come to the Lafayette Urban Ministry in desperate need of help. Some are in need of food or water. Some are strangers to our community in need of information, support and basic necessities. Some may have just been released from prison and are struggling to begin life again – from scratch. Others are trying to cope with the illness or injury of a breadwinner. Many don’t earn enough in wages, or have jobs where they are not given sufficient hours to make ends meet.
Last year, the Good Samaritan Fund provided our low-income neighbors with $108,877 in direct financial assistance. LUM was able to resolve 2,315 separate financial emergencies. Evictions were stopped. Utilities were reconnected. Food was shared and vital prescription medicines were provided.
We were here to help when there was nowhere else for these individuals to go…
- We were here for the single mom of two who works two 30-hour fast food jobs, but who still fell $75 behind on her rent in March and $60 behind on her electric bill in July.
- We were here in September for a young father, who after a full year of searching for work, accepted a new manufacturing job. He needed $49 for steel-toed work boots in order to start work.
- We were here for the disabled homeless man who needed $30 to purchase a copy of his birth certificate. That birth certificate would enable him to apply for disability income, receive mental health care and sign a lease on an apartment of his own.
Your contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000, will allow us to be here, faithfully serving those with critical financial needs, both now and throughout the coming year.
The Good Samaritan Fund is special. Not a single dollar of what you give is spent for administrative overhead. In other words, everything you contribute goes directly to feed someone who is hungry, welcome a family in need of housing, or respond to some other emergency crisis for a neighbor in need.
Everyone knows that L.U.M. is the acronym for this place called the Lafayette Urban Ministry. My pastor friend likes to think of L.U.M. as the acronym for what we faithfully try to accomplish here each day through the Good Samaritan Fund – Love’s Ultimate Mission.
Please, won’t you help us to fulfill this important work by making a generous contribution today?
P.S. — Please make your contribute to the Good Samaritan Fund online at www.lumserve.org Thank you.
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