By Kristen Johnson
Matthew 25: 37-40 (NRSV): 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,[a] you did it to me.’
It’s amazing what can be accomplished with a small group of ladies in a United Methodist Church. I am blessed to serve in a knitting and crochet group at my Church, and we take our commission to serve the world very seriously. Two months ago, we shifted our focus to a wonderful organization called Take to the Hills. This organization serves the people living in the Sierra Madres, who are living in remote and sparsely populated communities, living on an average of $8 a day. Most of these communities are without clean water and electricity, and they suffer from high rates of malnutrition and disease, and often live in single-room dwellings with dirt floors. (http://www.taketothehills.org).
My Church’s knitting and crochet group has been in operation for just over a year now. We voted two months to reconsider our group’s focus on a yearly basis. So, our first year was dedicated to the homeless population in San Diego, and we were able to donate 62 scarves, 70 hats, and 15 blankets over the year to Father’s Joe Villages. (We were also able to donate some of these items to shelters in other states as one of our members was traveling – what a blessing!)
In September, we shifted our focus to Take to the Hills, and have so far donated 33 scarves, 16 hats, 6 blankets, and one sweater for the people in the Sierra Madres. Today, I received a picture of some of the recipients wearing our handmade items!
What an amazing blessing it is for our group to be able to work together to serve these wonderful children. I can’t wait to spend the next year working with this wonderful group of ladies to handcraft treasures for people in need.
For a complete list of things that Take to the Hills needs and to see all the places that they go, please visit their website: http://www.taketothehills.org/collection.htm.
James 2:14-17 (NRSV): 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters,[a] if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
Serve all with love.
Photos courtesy of: Take to the Hills