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Partner with us

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 3:00 AM

HELLO, MI neighbour! As demand for help through this medium continues to strengthen, once again, we invite your partnership in unearthing solutions for our enquiring neighbours. If I am found to be a little overbearing, as they say, 'jus' si wid mi' - it hurts to see others hurt. Please note that solutions may be in the form of cash, kind, prayer or just words of encouragement, etc. There's definitely a role for all in the resolution of issues affecting our neighbours in these trying times. Trus' mi.

On the point of offering prayer for those seeking solutions, a few years ago, a neighbour called in search of a solution to a personal crisis. In trying to chart a path from poverty to prosperity, she borrowed money and purchased material for a newly established business.

Five days later, the material was stolen, plunging her into a serious predicament. To make a long story short, by acting on my suggestion to shift focus and start praying for others in crisis as part of her solution, her fortunes changed in no time and she became a fulfilled businesswoman. Wow! Really seems that helping others have a positive impact on our affairs, eenh? Wanna try it?

Of note is the plethora of requests (especially from abandoned single mothers) for items such as zinc and plywood to build a little room for the children. Unfortunately, responses to these requests have been very tame. The mother of three who called from Westmoreland in recent times in search of a housing solution is still awaiting a response. The gentleman who gave her a 'cotch' in his shop was running out of patience when we last spoke. Can you help? You may want to offer prayers or just words of encouragement if you are unable to offer some tangibles.

We need to understand that many of these persons are plain victims of circumstances. Others are a result of foolhardiness or recklessness. Still,

others are lacking in important life management skills. Whatever the cause of their present predicament, let's remember that it's part of our duty, as God's intelligent creatures, to be helpful to one another. Haven't all "sinned and come short of the (His) glory ..."? And doesn't the "rain fall on the just and the unjust"? Something to ponder.

In closing, I would implore those who seek help from others to try to help lighten the burden of someone else. Doing so could mean the beginning of the positive life transformation that you have been waiting to see. And here's a helpful thought as you go forward: be bold about washing the hands of others; in so doing, yours could become clean. More power to you!

Below are opportunities to stretch a helping hand and receive great blessings.

Thanks to

neighbours:

• Joan, for offering a play pen and other items to a neighbour who wants to start a day-care centre.

• Shela, St Catherine, for offering a bed to Jessica, Kingston.

• Terrence, St Andrew, for offering a piece of land to neighbour to build a little house.

• Neighbour for offering clothing to the entire family.

• Trevor, St Andrew, for financial contribution to needy neighbour.

Opportunities

to help:

• Unemployed mother of three asking for a double bed mattress.

• Owen, got burnt out and is seeking help to replace power saw.

• Neighbour, trying woman, asking for a sewing machine to help generate an income.

• Mrs Brown, single mother, asking for a television.

• Petrona, sickle cell patient, asking for a stove and a dresser.