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Grant a neighbour's wish today

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! This is a true story. As a mother prayed for food on behalf of her children one morning, a passer-by who overheard the request answered the prayer. Oh, for more of these stories! That mother could be any of the many who call me on a regular basis in search of food when 'hungry bite' their children.

The passer-by in this story was an agnostic who wouldn't touch prayer with a long stick. On hearing this woman pleading with God for food on behalf of her children, he decided to play a trick on her.

Rushing to the grocery store, he quickly packed a big bag of groceries and placed it outside her door and hid in the nearby bushes to watch her reaction to the imminent discovery.




A child who opened the door within minutes later created such an alarm at the find that everyone rushed to the door to see the cause of the commotion.

"Praise the Lord! Look at what the Lord has done! This is a miracle!" the mother exclaimed.

On this, the agnostic jumped out of hiding with a big laugh and said, "Praise the Lord for what? It was not God who put the grocery there; I was the one."

To this she replied: "Thank you very much, sir, and thanks also for responding to the promptings of God to bring this food for us. May your store basket never go empty!"

Not sure how the story ended, but God certainly works in mysterious ways, eh?

One of the morals of this story is that God does not like to see people go hungry. Why then are there so many hungry people around? Partly because people are not responding to the promptings of God to

help them. Before the blame game begins, let's do some instropection: Am I being my brother's keeper? What can I do to relieve some 'white squall' today?

And as we re-examine our role in this world, let's reflect on the following Bible text: "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another ... . The King will say to those on His right, 'Come, ... take your inheritance ... for I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me ... . Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.' (See Matthew 25 for full story)

As you assess this article, please help someone from the list below. In other words 'ride and whistle'.


Thanks to neighbours


1. Ms Garvey, for offering to assist neighbour who needs wheelchair.

2. Maxine, St Andrew, for offering TV, clothing to a needy neighbour.

3. Claudia, for offering to assist a blind grandmother who is diabetic.

4. Neighbour, for offering clothing for adults and children.





for helping


1. Shanique, St Catherine, desperately in need of a bed.

2. Moyia, 11, asking for a sewing machine; grandmother who is unemployed has to be caring for her; father was killed.

3. Neighbour, renal patient - unemployed, asking for help to fix sewing machine to earn a living.

4. Neighbour, has cataract in eyes, asking neighbours for $30,000 to assist in restoring health.

5. Neighbour, asking neighbours for a start with phone cards to help generate income for children's schooling.

6. Neighbour, St Mary, asking for help to start farming to help generate income to send children to school.

7. Denise, fire victim, asking for dining table, bed, sofa, bed linen, curtains, etc.

8. Neighbour, unemployed - mother of two asking for $3,000 to assist with daughter's school fee. Also needs help to start chicken rearing.

9. Neighbour, Clarendon, needs clothing for girls: two, 18, 19 and boy 12. Bed linen also needed.

- To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello Neighbour C/o 53 Half -Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; email