The Revival of Kindness – Where Every Sacrifice Counts
When you hear the voice of the Lord, you always tend to think the message is for right then; and it is. And then time slips by and you recall to your mind (see Lamentations ) the words of yesterday and you realize that they carry even greater weight today. So is the case with this short word I am going to deliver to you. It is so true, that I will never forget the morning when the dove of God came gently to me and opened my ear (see Isaiah 50:4) and I heard His voice, “I will have a Revival of Kindness.” I even remember pondering response of my heart, “Now that would be a novel idea. The body of Christ would be kind!” How refreshing!
My own beginnings in ministry is one few really know about. I did an internship in social work and lived in a small non airconditioned bathroom in an inner-city mission. I served at the Wesley Community Center and served people whose skin color was not like mine. I was the minority. I worked among the fatherless, the gangs and learned how to love others as God loved me. I sweated. I prayed. I started journaling. I played with kids. I wept… I did acts of kindness.
Whether it has been building homes in the mountains of Guatemala, doing prayer journeys around the globe, outreaches among the First Nations people, or bathing the elderly in nursing homes, I know a little bit about serving the least of these. I have seen how acts of kindness leave behind a sweet fragrance of Jesus long after you have left. Yes, every sacrifice counts. And I still believe there will be a “Revival of Kindness”. I really do. How about you?
With this history in mind, GEM Missions is not really some new thing – it is the continuation of a revelation where Mary and Martha are sisters of the same house. In fact, our latest expression, GEM’s Emergency Relief Fund, is another opportunity to let others know that God cares and that you care. And the old truths are still todays truths where everyone can “Pray, Go and Give”.
Remember, in Jesus, We Make A Great Team!
James W. Goll