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care-icon2The Bible includes numerous instances of Jesus’ compassion for the poor, sick, and needy. He cared for them because, first of all, he had compassion on them. (Matthew 9:36)

Care

As did the world in biblical times, the Bowie community today has many people with many needs. All those with needs around us are our neighbors, whom Jesus commanded we love as we love ourselves. We are indeed fortunate that many churches, community partners, and volunteers in Bowie want to show the love and compassion of Jesus by helping to meet the needs of the people around them.

Where Can Those in Need Go for Help?

Our experience shows, however, that people with particular needs often don’t know where to go for help. We also know that many caring individuals would like to volunteer their assistance in some way but aren’t aware of local organizations to which they might give their time and talents. Further, sometimes local groups might miss opportunities to work together because they are not aware of each others’ activities.

We believe it is important to raise awareness of the types of care available by various organizations in Bowie. This helps those in need to get help more easily. It also helps those providing care to attract volunteers and to more efficiently use their resources as they discover opportunities to work together with similar care providers.

Demonstrating practical CARE for people is an important step to being a lighthouse. In this area of the website, we have many links to caring resources. If you need help, we want you to go to these organizations and ministries to get the help you need.

We Care logo colorHow Can You Help?

Or, if you are able and willing to help others in need, we invite you to help any of these organizations achieve their respective missions of care. And, if you are a local care provider, we hope you will use the information on these web pages to seek opportunities to leverage your efforts with those of others in Bowie.

But, there is nothing like caring for a person in need that the LORD puts in your path. In this way you are truly serving Jesus. This is what He will say to the righteous at judgment day:

“I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.” – Matthew 25:35-36, NIV

We can measure the progress of our spiritual formation by our love and care for others. Have we grown like Christ in service?  Do we feed the hungry, give shelter to the homeless, protect the widow and child, or give aid to anyone else who needs help?

Do you have time and talent to give for the sake of others?

For further information on any ministries of care in the Bowie area, please contact me at mark.e.wallace1@gmail.com.

Mark Wallace

Care Coordinator
Turn ON the Light – Bowie

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Share with God’s people who are in need. – Romans 12:13-15, NIV

Offer hospitality to one another…  Use whatever gift you have to serve others… – 1 Peter 4:8-10, NIV