A test: do you deliberately chose a path of pain in life?!?
If picking up the cross isn't a lifestyle choice you've made, you can't be Jesus' disciple. So stop right here ? you need to hear the amazing news of the Creator God of heaven who once came to earth as the man Jesus to suffer eternal hell and give his lifeblood, and rose again that you might never die. So go to a bible teaching church, and in time come back and help by all means. Though you'll encourage us if you turn up too, and we'd gladly try and help you in your quest to find a good local church!
Paul said, "I want to know Christ ? yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead."
If you do want to know the power of the resurrection by embracing the pain of the cross, we'd like to help give you options for further embracing the pain. The joy set before you is the salvation of the eternal souls of others, of course, so it is worth while and delightful!
Throughout the old and new testaments the One and Only God has had a particular care for the widows, the fatherless, the poor, and the stranger - and all of these categories you will find in high proportion in crime affected culture. So it's basically a biblical must to get involved! Here are a few ideas as to how...
There is some excellent information to wisen up all people on this area all around the web, we've tried to collate pointers to some general wisdom in working in this area.
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There are other ways you can help us. There is always a place of usefulness for servant hearted grafters and lovers of God and man. Money would be handy: Kingdom investment opportunities.