Agencies that Minister to or Help the Disadvantaged
|June 22, 2021|
With this next domain as a suggestion to pray over, please do not allow these “requests for prayer” to become daunting. My encouragement to each of us is to focus on domains that resonate, personally.
Social Services Domain – its purpose statement: to provide opportunities for Christ-centered fellowship, collaboration, professional development and prayer among social service agencies and partners. According to the dictionary, social services means in part that a government or charitable organization provides a service to advance human welfare especially for the disadvantaged.
There is thought to be over 2,500 organizations in Tucson, providing a variety of services to minister to or help the disadvantaged. Those offering assistance may be secular or Christian. Services may include, but are definitely not limited to: medical care; food banks; assistance with housing, utilities, transportation; foster care & child care; education related services; help for the abused (alcohol, drug, sexual, family, etc.); refugees; and the list goes on. I must confess that even as I write this I feel burdened by the needs within our city.
Deuteronomy is the 5th and last book of the Torah, written by Moses during the time of the Exodus. For 40 years the people wandered the barren desert because of their disobedience. But, this was also the time where the Lord taught them what it meant to be “His People”. Deut. 15:11 states, “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.” I find this verse interesting because on the surface it would seem like everyone (estimated at 2+million people) would have been in the same circumstances – traipsing through the desert for 40 years. They were all dependent on Moses for leadership, and upon God for provision & protection. Yet, we may infer, and rightly so, that there were people in need and people with plenty traveling the desert together.
The Church has often been criticized for not doing enough; and yet there are local churches that have been faithfully helping with clothing, groceries, rental/utility assistance, meals, counseling – just to name a few. There are many people in our community (both Christian and non-Christian) who take seriously these words: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.”
There is such a wide spectrum of agencies and ministries in Tucson - how do we pray for them? Who do we pray for? Should we be praying for their finances or for volunteers or for collaboration between like-minded agencies or……….? If you are uncertain where to begin, start with what you are already familiar with. For example, pray for Goodwill or The Salvation Army or Gap Ministries; or the ministries that are currently going on in your own neighborhood or church. Take the opportunity to look at the attachment links below for guidance and ideas on how to pray. Please let me know if anything can be added. Share with others you think might be interested in this. As with all the resources – what’s been created is simply the starting point.
It is my hope you will consider joining us for a time of prayer via zoom on Thursday, June 24th, 4-5 pm. Please register below to get the zoom link.
Blessings & Shalom,