“As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10). These Spirit-inspired words from Paul’s pen serve as a theme passage and a guide for the work of WELS Christian Aid and Relief. Many people in our world live in a bad situation. We want to do them some good. That starts with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but it doesn’t stop there. Our desire is to do good to all people. This is no small task.
And it’s not getting any smaller. In March of 2020 our world changed. The COVID-19 pandemic brought all kinds of hurt and hardship. It has caused upset to governments, economies, and many lives. It has been, in a word, bad. However, we believe in the God of grace who brings good out of bad. That’s his promise.
Perhaps it’s time to begin thinking of this bad pandemic as a good opportunity—an opportunity to do good, to show love, to share the compassion of Christ.
For months WELS Christian Aid and Relief has been responding to the needs of those impacted by coronavirus. Pastor Marty Valleskey of Costa Maya Ministries in Mahahual, Mexico writes:
The support has been a lifeline for our town. Every week for around nine months now we hand out packets of food staples to 400 families in our town, and a couple hours up and down the coast from us. The spiritual fruits of God’s grace through the COVID relief are very visible. The food packet distribution has allowed us to open a brand-new ministry in the town of Xcalak an hour to the south of us. Every Tuesday new people visit our Bible study. And many are looking forward to the day they will be able to worship with us in person in our new church.
WELS Christian Aid and Relief has also been able to provide pandemic relief through our mission partners in places like Russia, Hong Kong, Columbia, Thailand, and Nepal.
In the U.S., we’ve offered matching grants to congregations providing pandemic relief to those struggling in their communities. Churches have used these grants to feed the hungry, help the homeless, offer counseling to those suffering from anxiety or depression, pay bills for those who lost jobs, and support schools. One teacher responded, “I wanted to thank you for your generosity and kindness. This is definitely what the world needs more of.”
In addition to helping people in need due to the coronavirus pandemic, WELS Christian Aid and Relief assists those impacted by natural disasters, partners with WELS Home and World missions to support humanitarian aid projects around the world, and helps members of our congregations who are facing extreme medical or financial difficulties. We do all of this seeking to touch hearts with the gospel of our Savior. Your special gifts allow us to continue to do good all around the world!
Would you consider making a special gift to the Christian Aid and Relief General Fund? Join us in doing good to all people in Jesus’ name.
In Christ our compassionate Savior,
Pastor Daniel Sims
Director, WELS Christian Aid and Relief