Review: 60 ways you can help the needy

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – We live in a world where there are 145 million orphans, where a child dies of hunger every five seconds, where 925 million people are chronically undernourished, and 1.1 billion lack access to potable water.

When the need is so overwhelming, making a difference often feels like an impossible task. Does helping just one person really matter?

In her new book, “A Cup of Cold Water in His Name: 60 Ways to Care for the Needy” (Discovery House, April 2012, 978-1-57293-512-9, paperback, $12.99), author Lorie Newman reminds us that God calls every Christian to help the millions of forgotten, impoverished, and hurting people in the world.

In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says, “I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” So as Newman says, that one definitely matters.

“She wrote A Cup of Cold Water in His Name to equip Christians with practical ways to care for the needy in their everyday lives. In it, she shares 60 ideas inspired by real-life stories of people making an impact, and passes on resources, websites and ministry contacts – everything needed to inspire us to become the hands and feet of Jesus, said Stephanie Ridge of PR by the Book.

“A busy homeschooling mom of seven – including two adopted children from Haiti and Liberia – she is also the founder of an orphan ministry that enables over 250 impoverished African orphans to receive food, clothing, and education through a partnership with Children’s HopeChest. She leads mission trips to teach, train and minister to women of impoverished nations, too. For her work, Newman was featured on Moody Broadcasting’s Midday Connection during their ‘Women Making a Difference’ series.”

Ranging from easy to high-level commitment, the projects in A Cup of Cold Water in His Name speak to five major human

Laurie Newman

needs, addressed in Mathew 25: feeding the hungry, being hospitable, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and ministering to the prisoner.

Step-by-step instructions help readers make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and even entire communities, regardless of age, status, experience or financial situation. Sample projects include:
* Keep five-dollar gift cards in your purse or wallet for the needy.
* Participate in a local produce co-op or buy in bulk.
* Provide respite care for foster families.
* Organize a block party in a needy area.
* Form a support group at your church for people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
* Teach life skills to foster children who are aging out of the system.

“Caring for the poor and needy is not optional for Christians,” says Newman, “and it’s easier than we realize.”

She is a frequent speaker at Christian retreats and ministry events, and has taught Bible studies and led prayer groups for more than 15 years.

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