“Silver and gold I do not have…” by Pastor Asher

Acts 3:1-10 (New International Version)

Peter Heals the Crippled Beggar

 1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

Often when we think of helping those less fortunate, we think of offering financial help. Very often we only perpetuate the person’s misfortunes when we offer only money without bothering to offer time and personal attention to those in need.

While on a cross-cultural trip to Nicaragua in January 2007, I witnessed the work of Iglesia Mission Cristiana de Nicaragua (IMC) with homeless children. IMC is diligent in resolving issues of hunger in the corner of the world where they live. At the time of our visit, approximately thirty per cent of the population lives on less than one US dollar a day (and most of that population are homeless children). IMC’s mission was to provide free education and feed these homeless children. In early 2008, the denomination purchased a farm which produces dairy products to help feed these children. This farm was largely purchased with help from Christians of various denominations living in the USA. Excess food is sold on the free market, and the profits are put back into the schools to purchase books, clothing, and shelter for the children.

Instead of just giving money (“silver and gold”), the IMC decided to provide free education and thus give the children a chance for a better future.

Acts 3:1-10 (New International Version)

Peter Heals the Crippled Beggar

… 6Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

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