Aaron and Martese Gray live in North Lawndale on Chicago’s Westside. Every Thanksgiving Day for the past 7 seven years, they buy, prepare, and serve hundreds of meals. They feed people in the neighborhood who otherwise would go hungry. They use their cooking skills to express their love for Christ and their love for people. The neighbors who eat overflow with gratitude for this gesture of kindness. The Gray’s do what the Apostle Peter did many years ago. God gave Peter and the apostles various gifts, which they used to help people and point them to Christ. We read this in Acts chapter 3, “As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by. Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits and they were all healed.” God’s Spirit still gives various abilities to His people. He does so expecting us to use them to show kindness to those in need. As followers of Christ, we can use the abilities He has given us to show His love to the needy and hurting. In doing so, we find great fulfillment.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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