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It’s Simple: Open Hearts Taking Action

open-hearts-smRecently received a flurry of email that reminded me why I’ve been part of Bedford Presbyterian Church for nearly 30 years.

The church just became aware of a 19-year-old young man from Central America living on the streets in Mt Kisco. His 17-year-old sister had recently joined him. No place to stay, working part time jobs when available, with a very uncertain outlook.

With no questions asked the church made arrangements for them to stay in an unused classroom so they would have a safe place to sleep. The church “care team” is jumping into the mix to make sure they have food. Church members are volunteering to sleep over so there is someone for them to turn to with questions.

No one on the emails has met these two. I don’t know their last names. Know very little about where they are from or their families at home.

People taking action to help others who are in need.

It’s pretty simple.

That’s why I’m a member of Bedford Presbyterian Church.

~Dave K

Beyond Charity

Early tomorrow morning I leave for Nicaragua.
With me will be 7 other adults and 20 or so high school students.
Most of those who are going will leave tomorrow with the impression that they are going to help.  They are going to help build homes for families.  They are going to help those who do not enjoy the financial resources they do.  They are going to help people who are poor.
I hope the come home thinking differently.

Somewhere along the way in the week we are there I hope we talk about the difference between charity and compassion and the difference between helping and supporting.  Somewhere along the way I hope that all those who are with me step back and realized they have made new friends, and that their neighborhood is a bit larger and their world a bit smaller.

Here is the reality…
Charity is easy. Compassion is hard.
Helping is easy. Supporting is hard.
Living in a small neighborhood is easy.
Living in a large neighborhood and small world is hard.
Mixing cement is easy. Living with your eyes open is hard.
Eating rice and beans every day is easy.
Realizing that is all most people eat, if they eat at all, is hard.

I hope we are willing to do what is hard.