November 14, 2004

Phil Schafran - “The Good Samaritan in Africa”

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Phil Schafran (MCC-BC) used the parable of the Good Samaritan as a springboard for speaking about how MCC's project Faith Alive seeks to help people distressed by HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. Following the example of the Good Samaritan, we too should learn to focus on one life at a time, realizing that although the world's problems are overwhelming, one individual can make a world of difference even when working on a small scale. The lawyer questioning Jesus (Luke 10:25) expected to receive a very narrow definition of neighbor, but instead Jesus expanded it greatly, asking the lawyer to learn to see someone of a different race or ethnicity as his neighbor. Phil told of Ezekiel (Nigeria) who discovered he had HIV/AIDS and went off by himself to die after realizing he had infected his wife and two children, each of whom died. Instead, he was followed by a Samaritan among Nigerians and helped back to health by caring Christians, and he now helps others in distress. Being a neighbor is proof that God is among us. If we love, and want to love Christ, we help the neighbor. [JEK]


Passage: Lk 10:25-37
Communion: No
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Speaker: Phil Schafran
Worship Leader: Kevin Hiebert
Song Leader: Eric Hannan
Pianist: Jeff Schulz
Usher: Rovin Karuna
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