The small congregation where I attend has been handing out free bottles of water at their city’s 4th of July celebration in the city park. Since we started handing out bottles of water in 2009, many people have asked us “Why are you doing this?” Quite frankly, most of what we do boils down to the two greatest commandments: Love God and love your fellow man (Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:29-31; Luke 10:25-37). Other passages clearly indicate that this love for our fellow man should be expressed through action (Matthew 25:31-46; Matthew 28:19-20; James 2:14-26; 1 John 3:16-17). This is why over 80% of our funds are spent directly on seeing to people’s physical and (more importantly) spiritual needs.
Over the last 15 years or so, we have supported the preaching of the gospel in prisons in our home state, in several states around our nation, and in many foreign nations. These are all fertile areas for the gospel and have borne much fruit. Over the past couple of years we have focused more of our attention on our local area, because we love our neighbors in the area around our town just as much as we love our neighbors abroad. We hope that we have more opportunities to interact with the members of our community and demonstrate what Christian love is truly about.