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Rescue Mission Aid
A Friend in Need   

Q. I have a dear friend who is out of work, living at the rescue mission and has just been told he needs to undergo extensive surgery. How can I help him while he's living there?


As friends we all sometimes feel overwhelmed by the urgent needs of many mission residents. But, the most important thing we can do is to pray for them. From our point of view it may not seem like a lot. But, if we believe God exists then we must also believe that He hears and answers our prayers. Remember, the apostle James tells us "You do not have because you do not ask" (4:2).

Prayer Key

The apostle Paul reminds us, "Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God" (Phil. 4:6). James tells us that "The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much" (5:16, NASB). The psalmist informs us that God cares about us when we are sick. "The LORD nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health" (Ps. 41:3, NLT).

Errands to Run

Helping with everyday necessities is vital at this time. Consider these:

- Transportation to and from a doctor's office.
- Obtain necessary medications.
- Help prepare nutritious foods.
- Wash clothes.
- Fill out complicated medical forms.
- Contact relatives.

Jesus said, "I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me" (Matt. 25:36, NLT).

These are very practical things to do and can help meet the physical or spiritual needs of a sick friend.

Visiting the Sick

Perhaps you could arrange for visits from your local church and pastor, too. Delegate visits from caring church members. God's personal love and care is often experienced through human hands. It is easier to keep our minds focused on good things among brothers and sisters in Christ (Phil. 4:8).

If your ill friend is willing sometimes the elders will pray for the sick, too. "Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord" (James 5:14).

These are just a few suggestions for keeping your friend's spirits high during a rough time. Later, he may also appreciate cards from friends or family or entertaining tapes and DVDs to watch as he or she recuperates. Just remain open to suggestions.

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