32 All the nations of the world will be gathered before him, and he will separate them into two groups as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 The Son of Man will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 "Then the King will say to the people on his right, 'Come, my Father has given you his blessing. Receive the kingdom God has prepared for you since the world was made. 35 I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was alone and away from home, and you invited me into your house. 36 I was without clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.' 37 "Then the good people will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you alone and away from home and invite you into our house? When did we see you without clothes and give you something to wear? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and care for you?' 40 "Then the King will answer, 'I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.'
The ebola crisis has left at least 64 children orphaned in Monrovia near our sister church, First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia. They have called out to us for help to feed and clothe these children and support the families who are trying to provide for them.
Penn Wynne is trying to tackle the problem on two fronts The first is to provide general aid for the people who need bleach, food, clothes, vitamins, protective clothing and equipment. People are avoiding contact with one another and staying home, and the economy is badly affected. The second area of focus is on providing for the orphans connected with the congregation and the immediate neighborhood around the congregation. This is long term.
The members of the First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia are our arms and legs on the ground. They desperately need our help. The pastor, Rev. Sando Townsend, and members of Session will be directly administering all of the financial gifts to make sure the money goes exactly where it is needed. There is no overhead. This is direct church-to-church aid.
Many of the children have been taken in by relatives, but the financial hardship is great. $250 will pay for school, food and clothing for one child for a year.