41 Jesus sat across from the collection box for the temple treasury and observed how the crowd gave their money. Many rich people were throwing in lots of money. 42 One poor widow came forward and put in two small copper coins worth a penny. 43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than everyone who’s been putting money in the treasury. 44 All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had, even what she needed to live on.”
A poor widow gave everything she had to give to the community that was legally responsible to care for her. The widow trusted that the laws of Moses would be followed and, therefore, she was both grateful and generous in her response. As faithful members of those who worship One God we, too, have a response-ability to care for those like this widow living in “hopeless poverty.”
UMC Global Ministries supports 300 missionaries serving in more than 60 countries. We work to improve global health, operating in more than 300 United Methodist hospitals and clinics worldwide. We seek to alleviate human suffering through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
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These hundreds of global missions are in addition to the local mission partners we have here at Medford UMC. We are members of a generous and loving church that takes seriously the value of every penny given. May God richly bless you so that you may continue to bless others in gratitude to our Lord.
By Kathleen Stolz
For Pondering & Prayer
It’s important to think about the people who oversee the generous donations. Every dollar given to a UMC mission goes directly to support that mission and the people served by that ministry.