This week’s God52 challenge is all about loving your community. But if you’re finding it too hard, charity worker Robin Peake has discovered a way to cheat…
Nicky and Nancy are a unique couple with whom my wife and I struck up a friendship through our local church. Now in their 50s, they met on a Monday and got married on the Friday almost 24 years ago.
We love them, and their lives are absolute chaos sometimes.
They knocked on our door one time to ask to borrow some money as they’d run out and were waiting for another payment to come through.
We asked how much they needed and gave them £90 or whatever it was.
When they got money at the start of the next month, they paid us back without prompting. But by the end of the month they’d run out again and asked to borrow some more.
This went on for five or six months. They were happy to need to borrow less and less without being at the mercy of payday lenders; we were happy to be presented with a need that we could meet that was costing us nothing.
It was a way to show God’s love in our local area.
But we didn’t find it.
It knocked on our door.
Here’s what I think.
Build relationships with people in your community.
Then you’ll find out what their needs are.
Then you’ll know the ways to show God’s love in ways that will meet their needs.
No more finding, just opening the door or answering the phone.
And who said cheating wasn’t fun.