God has a way of working things out for his children. Ellen G White asserts that "Our heavenly father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing". The residents of 8, 9 and 10-mile districts in St. Thomas, to their surprise, witnessed one of the thousand ways by which God provides; this time in the form of care packages offered on Tuesday, June 15.
The Ask 4 Hope Foundation, in collaboration with the Central Jamaica Conference and East Jamaica Conference, spearheaded this outreach initiative. The team distributed 120 care packages to families in the area.
Manager of the Jamaica arm of the Ask 4 Hope Foundation and brother of the donors, Sean Black, says, "We were born into a philanthropic family. My sister and brother in law, Dr Sasha Black and Mr Andrew Perry started the Foundation; it's their brainchild. The Foundation has given back in a myriad of ways to the communities in Jamaica."
The 8, 9 and 10-mile communities were ravaged by flooding last year, and some residents have not yet found a financial and physical footing. Pastor of the Harbour View District of Churches, Pastor Romaine Smith, states, "The need is always there in this community. It is not a wealthy community; it is a middle-class community. With COVID-19, the needs have increased, and as a church, we are taxed to give, so we are thankful that this relief will help the community."
Recipients could be heard echoing their gratitude to the organisers on the ground. One recipient remarked that "The package came just in time; it is not like I'm working, so it will definitely fill a gap. I would like the donors to continue spreading the love to persons who are in need".
Last year, a member of the 9-mile community was assisted with acquiring a wheelchair by the Ask 4 Hope Foundation. Upon delivery, Sean Black met over 100 persons who surrounded him, asking for assistance. This situation gave rise to the care package distributions that were done.
When we serve the poor and the sick, we serve Jesus. We must not fail to help our neighbours because, in them, we serve Jesus. Helping one person may not change the world, but it could change the world for that one person.