God’s heart for the poorComfort Rwanda and Congo is firmly rooted in the conviction that the God’s heart is turned towards the poor. If we want to show His nature and purposes in the world we must therefore include an active demonstration of such compassion and care.
“… who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoner free. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous; the Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow” (Psalm 146:7-9)
God has always had an open heart and hand towards the poor. It is so important to Him that the Psalmist tells us in Psalm 89:14 that God has justice as the foundation of the throne He sits on and the Son of David would combine this justice with deep compassion for the poor and needy in His Kingdom. God loves equity in the world - where none have too much and none too little and where those who have enough give to those who do not so that there is equality (2 Corinthians 8:13-14).
Because of His love and passion for justice God calls His people to actively work for the poor and rescue them from their poverty. His prophets lived and breathed prophetic passion for the poor. Jesus the Messiah was anointed to bring forth justice (Isaiah 42:1-4), and good news for the poor was at the core of His preaching. He saw this justice combined with mercy as being central to the fulfilment of God’s will and rejoiced when the repentance of Zaccheus brought immediate good news to the poor. He confirmed this when He taught that looking after the poor and needy in practical ways was what separated the sheep from the goats in God’s Kingdom (Mt. 25).
God promised to pour out His Spirit to achieve justice. So, when the Spirit came on the church at Pentecost, it was not long before God’s heart for the sharing of resources and the help of the poor was shown alongside His power and healing through His Spirit-filled people.
When the New Testament writers want to show what true grace, love and faith look like they chose to use giving to the poor as evidence for each of those Kingdom qualities (1 John 3:16-18, 2 Corinthians 8:1,4,6,7,19; 9:13; James 2:14-16). This concern for the poor remained central to the church throughout New Testament times and it is our desire that Comfort Rwanda & Congo demonstrates the wonder of God’s love for the poor, the glory of His Kingdom of justice and compassion and the tangible evidence of faith and grace.