Devotion: Read Matthew 25:31-46
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
The low temperature hovers around 45 degrees Fahrenheit in the areas Amor works. To the people in the northern part of the United States and Canada, this no doubt sounds like paradise. Unfortunately household heaters for these families are almost non-existent. The infrastructure needed for indoor heating is largely underdeveloped; even if it did the cost of electricity and gas would be beyond the means of the families Amor works with. Space heaters, in addition to being great fire hazards, are also incredibly energy inefficient.
Heavy blankets are the solution most families turn to in order to stay warm. Many use the famed San Marcos blankets , which are very similar to the ones sold in our Amor store.
This article chronicles the popularity of blanket use in Tijuana, and the difficulties in installing heat:
Amor operates a blanket program in conjunction with the pastors we serve with. Blankets are purchased and distributed amongst the pastors, who in turn go into the communities they serve in and give them to families who need them. This allows the pastors to meet a basic need and to create a connection point for ministry. Last year we helped the pastors give away over 1500 blankets.
45 degrees Fahrenheit may not seem very cold to those living in areas with sub-zero temperatures but, with the average thermostat set between 65 and 75 degrees, it is definitely colder than most would find indoors.
Tonight we invite you into the outdoors, knowing that the feeling of cold will be temporary. As you walk around your neighborhood and enjoy the brisk air, the lights, and the holiday decorations, think about the mother and father who cannot sleep because their children are shivering. You can provide that warmth for a family immediately by donating to the Blanket Program which helps a family who is living in the cold tonight.
Help us keep people warm this winter and afford the pastors we work with an opportunity to minister.
This disruption was inspired by chapter #25 in Disrupted: Give Them Dignity.