The Bible said the Kingdom of God is like a farmer sowing his seed. It was with a campaign similar to the Winter Warmers – 20 years ago, that the very first seed was sown into my life.
I was born in the south-west of Vietnam. In my early childhood, I did not have a mum and a dad. They gave up on me when I was one month old. Instead, I grew up with my grandparents in hardship.
In the hometown where I came from, there are only 2 seasons, the drought and the rain. One of my very first memories was being chained to the bed during the rainy seasons because of the flood. Our house was flooded all the way up to my grandma’s thighs and she was worried that I would fall off the bed and drown. I also recall seeing some tiny fish swimming under my bed.
During the months of heavy rainfall, there were some people on a tiny boat who came to our house in the pouring rain, bringing boxes of instant noodles and bags of rice to help us survive the toughest time of our lives. Those people came from a local church in my town. My family did not come from a Christian background, so that was the first time I ever heard of God. Therefore, my younger self, with her little brain, came to a conclusion that, God=Good.
At the age of 4, I started to ask questions. Something in me really wanted to know more about this God. At a young age, I started to pray to this so-called Jesus. 10 years later, I went on a journey where God chased down my heart and I finally came home to Him. But as far as I could remember, in the flood through the people from a local church, was when it all started: a tiny seed – a simple act of kindness.
People often limit what God can do with the little that they can give. You may think what difference can a can of soup, a pair of sock or a blanket possibly make. But He used 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish from a little boy to feed a great crowd of more than 5000 people. He can do the same with yours. I really want to encourage you to contribute to Winter Warmers even in the little that you have for God can truly multiply your efforts.
Proverbs 19:17, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.”
Our God is an almighty God and in His Kingdom somehow, we have this crazy privilege: we get to lend to the Lord, we get to be co-labours with Him. Trust in God and sow in someone’s life today!
To Mi Cao
Willawong – EW1
Hope Church Intern