Morning Thought 3
Wednesday October 4th
On Monday I mentioned that over the years that in Mustard Seed Jersey our priorities and focus have developed to include 2 essentials in our Christmas appeal, as well as the Christmas shoeboxes we send to Romania.
On Monday I spoke about the need for food to stop the poorest of the poor starving. Today I focus on another basic need. But first let me tell you why this need is close to my heart:
I will never forget my sense of sadness and failure when I heard that one of the young people we fed in our soup kitchen 13 years ago had frozen to death. She had made quite an impression on me, a bit older than some of the other kids we helped, almost impossible to communicate with as she was deaf and didn't speak. The other kids called her Muta and they looked out for her.
I had noticed she wasn't there at the shoebox distribution and that rang alarm bells with me. I mentioned it to the social worker and he asked the other street kids.
We were back in Jersey by the time they found her frozen to death in a basement.
Each year we aim to give money to purchase winter fuel to stop other children, families or pensioners freezing to death. As temperatures can drop as low minus 10, even minus 20, it is a real possibility that you will freeze to death in Romania without heating.
I am reminded of the words of Stephen Carters hymn:
"I was cold, I was naked, were you there, were you there
I was cold, I was naked, were you there
And the creed and the colour and the name won't matter
Were you there?"