This past weekend we had the honor of having Samuel Orlando, Guest Speaker from Compassion International, sit down with us. He shared his experience with Compassion and how he became sponsored. Samuel stated that he was blown away that someone would act so selflessly to give to him because he was in poverty. He said the women that wrote to him and helped him became like a second mother to him. Samuel’s story is such a beautiful representation of how someone took personal responsibility in their life and made a change in his life.
As Pastor Rick spoke in the beginning of the service, growing in personal responsibility is directly linked to our responsibility or others. The more we serve others, the more responsible we become of ourselves. He shared in 2 Timothy 2:2 that,
“ You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”
When Pastor Rick read that, I was struck with a few thoughts: “How am I passing the baton to others younger than me? How am I helping the next generation?”
Samuel’s story and the main talking point Pastor Rick spurred a desire to pass the baton to the one’s who are in need. Whether those needs are financial or emotional, serving others is the way we can take personal responsibility for ourselves. Instead of being in a generation that is lacking, let’s help others continue to grow in their lives. Pass the baton to others that need our help.
From opportunities to invest in others, check out our website at east91st.org/serve.