From, Jessi Stitt | Volunteer | North Carolina

“But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’. The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’”

Luke 10:29, 37

At the end of the dedication service of a new well, we leave space for the community to speak. Along with much gratitude for this amazing gift of clean water that will change lives, often comes a request. “Don’t stop. Please, continue to help our neighbors. Do not forget our neighbor villages that have the same problem of water. Please remember that while we now have clean water, the work is not done."

Last year we drove past a well that was installed in 2010. We stopped and I filled my water bottles from that well! It still worked! Nine years of clean water and we (MMM) were back “in the neighborhood” helping a nearby village with access to clean water. We were helping their neighbors, our neighbors.

This spring, I met many of my neighbors who live near to my house. Neighbors I hadn’t met despite having lived here for over a year. Spending more time at home and in the neighborhood, I found myself reaching out both in my physical space (while also keeping a safe distance) and online. I volunteered at the local food bank and supported the food distribution relief from flooding in Malawi.

I spent more time with the question, “Who are my neighbors?” I heard a voice from Malawi say, “Christ loves you and we see Christ in you. Thank you for showing Christ’s love for us.”

Application Question: How can you show that you are loving your neighbors today? How can you show Christ’s love?

Prayer: Creator God, thank you for the energy and community you give us. Help us to show our neighbors near and far your light and love in this world. Re-create us and energize us to continue in your love this day and always. Amen.

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