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Letter: Good works

As many Christians like myself looking forward to celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Easter Sunday, one only had to remember how far Jesus went to reach out to people and the kind of love and compassion He had for us, which resulted in his Crucifixion. In Galatians 6:9 we read “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Also in Mark 16:15 Jesus said, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Greenfield located at 23 Long Ave., is on the cutting edge and a living example of the above. This very small church has been supporting various courses both locally and internationally for many years. Their slogan “Christ Centered, People Focused,” is true, alive and well.

My family has been a member of St. Paul’s for 14 years now. As Tanzanian natives, this church has been kind and generous to our sister church in my homeland (Ngerengere in Morogoro region) Tanzania, East Africa, over the years. They helped the church to acquire electricity for the first time few years back,and provided funds to purchase church-choir keyboard. This was revolutionary and a cause of a jubilation for that part of the world. The pastor of that church used a bicycle to and from church 17 miles each Sunday for years prior last year’s contribution, thanks to the generosity of people from St. Paul’s who purchased a brand new motorcycle for the church. Words cannot describe how joyful and grateful the congregation was for the relief their pastor got.

This year, again St. Paul just finished raising funds to purchase hymn books, and Bibles for the church. One hymn book used to be shared with about four people, and there were only five Bibles to share. It is during this time of the year one has to only be grateful but also wonder, What will Jesus think of the generosity and kindness of a church such as St. Paul’s as He’s about to die for us?

Many thanks to Pastor Jeff Galbraith, and to the wonderful and generous people at St. Paul’s Lutheran church.

“For the needy shall not always be forgotten; The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.” — Psalms 9:18.

STEPHEN TOMI

Leverett

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