When Jesus read the scriptures in the Nazareth synagogue (Luke 4:14–21), he chose verses from Isaiah as his text: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Jesus of Nazareth befriended and assisted poor and oppressed people, and taught his followers the same responsibility. Through Self-Development of People (SDOP), the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) lives out the primary responsibility taught by Jesus and demonstrates its solidarity with poor people here in the United States and around the world.
Self-Development of People affirms God’s concern for people by participating in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed and disadvantage people by establishing partnerships with low-income community groups.
Today we celebrate Self Development of People and our kick off of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Last year we raised $883, $758 from envelopes and $125 from the fish banks. The money from the fish banks purchased 5 flocks of chickens from the giving catalog. The goal this year is $700.
The Sunday school kids have made their selections from the giving catalog and are as follows: Tilapia fingerlings, school kit, bag of Moringa tree seeds, and linens and blankets. These items total $110. Will you help us reach our goal? Please use your envelopes in your weekly bulletin and grab a fish bank and start filling them with your loose change! The need is great and so is our calling. Thank you in advance for your continued support of this mission!