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Doug and Christy Gettle ~ Provide the Poor Wanderer with Shelter

Posted: 2008-05-27 11:00:06

A few thousand years ago, a nation sought God’s blessing, but their efforts were not from the heart. The prophet Isaiah brought to Israel’s attention what they needed to do if they truly wanted God’s blessing. Acceptable humility and fasting is this: “loosing the chains of injustice” and setting the oppressed free. “Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked to clothe him and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Is. 58) Generally we don’t see the hungry and poor wandering around our community; nevertheless, there are many in our area who do not have secure, decent shelter. That is our goal again this year as Christy and I ride in the Habitat 500—to increase that awareness and to raise money for homes for five families in northern St. Louis County.

Arthur Brooks in his new book, Gross National Happiness, shows from research that the data backs up Scripture; it is more blessed to give than receive. When people give to others, they get happier, healthier, and even more financially prosperous. Habitat For Humanity’s mission from its inception has been to demonstrate God’s love by giving--our time, effort and wealth. Please support us as we ride 500 miles again this summer in the Habitat 500.

~ Doug and Christy Gettle