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she became sick and died, her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, "Please come at once!" Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was alive.
Pastor Mlongecha went in details how the vision of helping the widows and prphans came about."And the more I prayed about it, the heavier I felt the burden and urgency to help. However, I knew that this vision was too big for me to handle alone. I decided to share what the Lord had been speaking to me with the members of our church. Some members felt like the way I felt: that this is such a big vision for International Gospel Church (IGC) ."
But, one day as I was seeking God for direction, in the middle of prayer and meditating on the Word, the Lord gave me a word that encouraged me:
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Luke 12:32-34)
And as result, I decided to set up Special Sunday at International Gospel Church to honor and remember these some-what "forgotten people ” in our society.
Members give for widows and orphans during the occasion
On this day, I asked each member of our church, to bring and give whatever they can both materially and financially.
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There are over 386 Scriptures on widows and orphans in the Bible but the church is not preaching on them. I decided to preach on this topic. My sermon, "The Cry that God Never Ignores" was based on Acts 9:36-42. In these scriptures, the Bible tells the story of one particular widow. In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (also known as Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor.
Pastors Jared and Giselle Mlongecha, IGC
She became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, "Please come at once!" Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was alive.
Prayer during the ceremony
Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, "Tabitha, get up." She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive. This miracle became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
The Bible tells us, that Heaven takes notice of the cry
of orphans and widows. God instructs us to give freely and spontaneously
to have a stingy heart.
The way we widows, orphans, and the needy, affects our own lives, including the
blessings we receive. The Word of God says in Deuteronomy 15:11 how we should
treat these people in our community:
And as we give, God adds up...widows need more than words
of encouragement and comfort. They need us to move in ACTION; your help
is important. I challenge
the body of Christ (church) to move to a higher level and a new chapter physically
and financially, helping the widows and orphans. For God is a defender of widows.
One widow narrated how she lost her first husband of many years through death. Some years later, she remarried and as if being a widow once was not enough, unfortunately the second husband passed away too. No words could express what she has gone through. The expression on her face only told part of the story. The grief, the pain, the loneliness of being widowed twice was difficult for her. Some people scorned her and talked behind her back. They gossiped that maybe she was a witch. Their careless words hurt her deeply. It was a very trying time in her life. God has healed her and she has moved on and now is doing just fine.
Pastor Mlongecha urged that people should be careful what they say to singles, orphans, widows and women who have no Children. We need to be overly sensitive what we say or do to them. He reminded the widows and orphans, that in spite of all the challenges that God loves them and has a special purpose for each one of them.
The Second widow narrated how the laws regarding orphans and widows are becoming more stringent. She cited laws in most African countries that don't favor widow and orphans. Who happen to be mainly women and children, she called for the changing of the repressive laws, which affect mostly women and children. She remembered awhile ago, the many people they helped her when her husband was alive and now, few of those people have ever come to her assistance or aid since her husband died.
As the congregants listened attentively, she said "If her Husband was alive, people, churches and organizations would pay between five thousand and six thousands for her speeches to come advise and talk to them. However, after her husband passed away, her gift of motivational speaking was never recognized and her demand and social status (that is recognition in the society) somehow ceased or became non-existent. This is something she never thought would happen in her life. That was a very painful moment when she realized what was happening. But thanks be to God, the Pastor and her church were there for her.
Pastor Isaac Balinda, from Uganda, in his brief remarks, on the Day to Remember the Widows and Orphans, said most African countries are celebrating their 50th Independence from their Colonial masters. However, he noted that the scramble for Africa is still on. The African continent is plagued with deaths, deseases, wars, politics, destruction of property and lives, and as usual the people who end up losing are women and children. The African Men die of war or disease, especially AIDS.
He said women are Suffering big time in Congo. They are being oppressed, abused and raped and few are talking about it." We need to be agents of change in Congo "We need to start traveling to these countries that have displaced people and help the people who suffer most in war and or disease that is the Women and children who end up becoming widows and orphans. He challenged the Church in general to be "Agents of Change." He narrated how he has been using the social media networks, such as Facebook, to be an "Agent of Change" to many. In closing, he quoted President Obama in saying, "Together we can."
There was a special offering to the widows, orphans and needy at the altar. Many people donated generously. Various household items were placed at the altar. We said special prayers to remember widows and their families. We asked God to forgive us where we had not been sensitive to his command to help out on the poor, orphans and widows.
Pastor Mlongecha challenged other churches to continue with this vision of helping out the needy, widows and orphans in our community. We should remember that "he who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord" (Proverbs 19:17). Later, Pastor ended the program by quoting James 1:27: "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." If you are touched and want to contribute towards this cause, contact :
International Gospel Church (I.G.C). Pastor Jared & Mrs. Gisele Mlongecha.
The church is located at 85 Crescent Avenue
Every 3rd Friday of the Month:
You can also contact us (617) 8841951
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