Observe the Need, Meet the Need

The phone rings.

My grandmother is on the other end. I’m always happy to hear from her even though I see her and my grandfather several times a month. My mother is working at a new job following her college graduation. I’m proud of my mom; I’m saddened by my parent’s divorce; and I’m confused by the current situation in which we find ourselves.

My grandmother tells me to go to the kitchen, look in the refrigerator and kitchen cabinets, and tell her exactly what I see. I immediately do as she instructs. I tell her the contents of the refrigerator and cabinets. This task takes me less than 3 minutes.

I remember this situation and conversation with my grandmother as if it were yesterday. But this conversation occurred more than 30 years ago. That same day, while my mother was still working, my grandparents delivered sacks and sacks of groceries. My brothers, sister, and I were elated! We had not seen that many groceries in our house in a very long time.

The divorce, along with my father’s unemployment, found us in situational poverty. As an 11 year old, I didn’t know what to call it nor did I really care; I just wanted a stable environment to live in.

You may think I did not grow up in a Christian home or attend church. You would be mistaken. My parents were charter members of our local Southern Baptist church and we were all very active in all facets of our church. Now you may be wondering where our church family was in all this. They were there, but we did not share our needs with them. They really had no idea that we were living in situational poverty. Why didn’t we tell them? I’ve asked myself that question many times. I don’t know the answer. As an 11 year old, was I prideful? I don’t think so. Why didn’t my siblings say something? I don’t know. I’m thankful for my grandparents, but not everyone has assistance from grandparents.

I share this real-life experience with you to bring to the forefront the need for you to be aware and observant of what is going on inside the walls of your church as well as outside. You may be surprised what you will find if you open your eyes, ears, and heart to the needs around you.



Kristy Carr serves as ministry consultant for churchwide and associational leadership, national WMU.










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