Remember the Poor This Christmas

On September 5, 1997, Mother Teresa of Calcutta died. Her legacy of how one believer – backed by God – can make a difference in the world is still something to ponder on today.

Something Beautiful for God, by Malcolm Muggeridge, describes Mother Teresa’s first act as a missionary to the poor in Calcutta.

She was walking down a Calcutta street, wondering where she should go and what she should do. She glanced toward a gutter and saw a dying beggar being chewed on by rats. Other people walked past the man and ignored his agony.

Mother Teresa chased off the rats, picked up the man and carried him to a hospital. There she was told that the hospital did not care for dying indigents. She was ordered to leave. Refusing to obey their commands, she caused such a ruckus, the hospital decided to make an exception that one time. The man ended up dying on a clean bed with Mother Teresa sitting next to him.

It was this experience which framed her ministry for her next forty-nine years.

Mother Teresa’s quotes still inspire believers today:

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”

“Each one of them [the poor] is Jesus in disguise.”

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

“It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.”

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”


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5 responses to “Remember the Poor This Christmas

  1. Now that is the kind of faith I can support.

  2. Ignacia,

    Thanks. Everyone should agree with you on this.

  3. Thanks Larry for posting this. I have tears in my eyes. How I pray that many will get to hear, and know this. God bless.

  4. gladwellmusau,

    Sadly, what I call poverty, the rest of the world would call it prosperity. But even allowing for cultural differences, I hate poverty and what it does to people.

  5. Moving story, Larry. Thanks for posting it and reminding us. I walked on the garbage dump in Mozambique, Africa, and saw unbelievable poverty. I said to missionary Heidi Baker, “Heidi, there are so many. How can we ever reach them all?” She said, ” Stop for the one in front of you, Hope. Stop for the one in front of you and God will take care of the others.” I never forgot that. I always try to stop for the one in front of me even if it’s the person in front of me at the checkout counter or a child who needs a drink at the water fountain. Mother Teresa was a model for us all.

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