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Charity works best when left to local communities

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013

Martin Micale, pastor of the Lake Powell Church of the Nazarene, has more than 30 years of pastoral experience. Micale has studied and served in family counseling since the beginning of his ministry.
As I was reading the book of Acts this month, I came across three passages that talked about how deeply concerned the first century church was about meeting the needs of people who could not meet their own needs. In the second chapter of Acts, and again in the fourth chapter, we see that people in the New Testament sacrificed by selling their possessions and giving the money to the church, who then distributed that among the poor so that nobody went hungry or lacked the basic needs of life.

I have lived and pastored in Page for the past 23 years. Over and over again I have watched the wonderful people of this city and this area rally to sacrifice to meet the critical needs of our fellow citizens.  Most of us have eaten Navajo tacos, had our cars washed, pur­chased raffle tickets, or attended fundraisers to help meet the needs of our neighbors and fellow citizens.

For the complete article see the 10-30-2013 issue.

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