I often sit and wonder why I don’t, or can’t, keep up with updating the website for the ministry. Sometimes I think the reason I don’t is that I think no one will read it, or there isn’t anyone who really cares what I have to say. But after weeks of asking God what I should say, I realized that what I have to say means a lot to Him.
I have come to a place where I realize that everyone deserves His love. I have tried over the past months of silence on the website to also be listening to what He has told me over and over again. It is His will that none should perish, that everyone on the face of the earth has the opportunity to know what He has for them. Freedom! Freedom in His son, Jesus, who has given it all for us. All of us, not some of us, but all.
So many times I have heard that God only loves those who are saved. Really, are you sure? Because I thought I saw him love a man stricken with AIDS, or the lady under the bridge living day after day alone. You see maybe it is just me or I have the Gospel all wrong, but God so loved the world He gave His only begotten son that whomever believes in Him (Jesus) should not perish but have everlasting life. This part is really important because I often wonder why we are so hell bent on destroying what God has created. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world through Him might be saved.
I have seen change and I have watched people come together. Our latest quest to give Lizzie Shaw and her family a better place to live has been successful to this point. But if it had not been for all the people who volunteered at the benefit that took place on April 14th and all the people who showed up and donated hours and days of their time and materials, it would not have happened. It took people, people like you. I hope some of these pictures inspire you as they have inspired me.
We have been helping a young man and his mom to get through a recovery process after his accident. Tippy was in a very severe car crash and has spent the last six years trying to recover. I have watched as his mom, with unfailing love, has fought to get doctors, family, and friends to come to Tippy’s aid. They are travelling down a long road but because of people who love and care like Zach Striplin, Tippy is getting some help. Zach owns Life Altering Fitness in Auburn and has helped Tippy for no money and no other reason than he cares about people. He is helping Tippy at his gym with the long process of recovery.
Tippy’s mom has fought to get Tippy in a four day a week therapy program that includes speech, physical, and occupational therapies. She travels every day from Lincoln to Sacramento or Auburn in a van that is about to blow up and has no air conditioning.
Some of the pictures on the website are pictures of some of us who got together and took Tippy on a ride in a motorcycle. We have taken Tippy to the pool and hope to take him to I Fly which is an indoor aerial place with the goal of eventually skydiving. There are also some pictures of Allan who is quite ill and who wanted nothing more than a motorcycle ride. Fifty motorcycles showed up at his home. Wow! He smiled so big I thought for sure I saw a smile from Jesus.
I have seen change when a good friend of mine loaded up a bus full of people and decided to take a road trip. This road trip involved running across America to bring attention to the fact that there are kids in our schools that don’t have food at their homes after school. They also don’t receive dental or medical care because they can’t afford these things. These people ran 3000 miles and brought dentists and food with them. There was so much more involved with this and I was happy to be a small part of it. I hope you can go to the web and watch a short video about their experience and life changing event.
People helping people. Dr. John giving free dental exams and people handing out food. Good job to all those who were involved and especially to my friend Pastor Jason Harper, you were and are amazing. To all the rest of you on this journey – your awesome. Keep going Be Change.
You see, I think maybe, just maybe, His plan all along has been for us to love one another, care for each other and help each other in times of need. But instead we look toward man or our government to fix what is wrong when in reality they have done such a poor job of fixing it. We have allowed politicians and religion to try and fix it. Well guess what, they can’t. Politics is broke and religion never worked. People are what God cares for and people have a choice. We can change and come together.
We can either sit and watch both politics and religion destroy what God has created or stand up and start making changes. Put God back at the forefront of our lives. Let God teach us how to care for each other. There is so much wealth in the world for so very few to enjoy it. Why can’t we figure out what is wrong with our country, our state and our homes? Why can’t we see what is missing? The past few months I have witnessed people caring about other people through home repair, feeding the hungry, and giving clothes to those in need. People have the ability to change the direction of this land. It depends on whether or not we see the direction.
Politicians want us to trust them because we elect them. High fuel prices, high unemployment, high rates of bankruptcy. I don’t know about you, but I think we need a change. Religion has us in bondage. That bondage is, “if you don’t believe in what I believe in you are probably going to hell”. Really? Or maybe, just maybe grace or mercy or faith has not yet come through yet. Until we all breathe the last breath of this physical life and begin to breathe the Spirit filled breath of Jesus, we cannot see the light or be the salt of the earth.
We need to stop hurting each other over our political and religious differences and come together as a people created to love. My hope is that we can see through our differences and live together loving, caring, and helping each other out in times of need. Give it and it will be given to you. Think about it.
Pastor Richard A. Wilkins