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Through the past two weeks we have all seen the pictures flash across our television and computer screens portraying the pain and devastation in the nation of Haiti. We have also seen portraits of self-sacrifice, heartfelt care and extreme giving that reflect the image of our Creator. I am reminded once again the important meaning behind the terminology “the body of Christ,” and what it means to “be” the heart, hands, feet and voice of Jesus to the broken, hurting world around us.

Doctors and nurses from a local church in Northwest Arkansas packaged over one ton of medical supplies to transport with them for a week of “being” Jesus, binding up wounds and bringing healing to broken hearts as well as broken bodies. The concern of one physician was to take what is “most needed” to offer the best care for the people. What did they take? They took bandages, antibiotics and the most basic of medical supplies. I was intrigued that they weren’t concerned about the most advanced medical treatment, but rather they went back to the basics. They knew that more than anything, bandaging wounds, administering antibiotics to fight infection, and offering genuine care was the most pertinent answer to the overwhelming need.

As I think about the fact that there is pain, need and brokenness in every community and nation around our world, I am asking myself these kinds of questions, “When people encounter us do they truly experience the living Christ? Do our communities come to know the love of God by knowing us? Are they finding the hope, restoration and grace of Jesus by being in our everyday lives? Are we a true representation of Him as His body?”

The lyrics of a popular worship song have been a part of my daily prayer: “…break our hearts with what breaks yours, everything I am for your kingdom cause.” The bracelets, bumper stickers and T-shirts asked, “What would Jesus do?” The Bible tells us clearly what He did and wants to do through us. He wants to bring good news to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and set at liberty those who are oppressed (Luke 4:18).

When people look at us, do they see Him?

Prayer focus: Let’s continue to pray for the people of Haiti and all those who are going to serve. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to show us practical ways to be the body of Christ expressing His love and healing grace to those we encounter every day.

By: Tammy Dunahoo, Interim General Supervisor 

is the former general supervisor of The Foursquare Church. She now serves as the dean at Portland Seminary.