The Good Samaritan and School Supplies
Ok, I know... this is a stretch… so have an open mind.
What if the man who fell into the hands of robbers, along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho, happened to be a poor boy on his way to Jericho Elementary School? The robbers stripped him of all his glue sticks, mechanical pencils, crayons and everything else he just purchased at the local Jerusalem mega-market, with money he had saved all summer. There he was, left half dead with an empty reusable bag, torn into shreds.
A college student happened to be going down the same road and was tweeting to friends about an unfair professor, barely noticing the tragic scene. He passed by on the other side. Along came a woman who had sympathy for the boy, but had to get to an appointment and simply couldn’t be late…again. She too, passed on the other side. Now a Southland member was traveling through the same area, and came across the boy (hum any super hero theme song here); when he saw him, he took pity on him. The Southland member went to him, bandaged his wounds, put the boy in his minivan, and drove him straight to the mega-market. He purchased school supplies for the boy. He paid the clerk and told her to purchase more for the boy if necessary and when he returned he would reimburse her if there were any extra expenses.
I told you it was a stretch…maybe even silly, but did you get the point?
In the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10) Jesus concludes by asking, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” If you answered, the Southland member, you may want to read Luke 10: 25-37 to refresh your memory. Jesus drives home the point that our actions prove whether or not we are good neighbors when He tells us to “Go and do likewise.” What does it mean to be a Good Samaritan? What does it mean to be a Good Neighbor?
Here’s your chance to be a good neighbor! Southland Danville is collecting school supplies for our school partner, Jennie Rogers Elementary, on two Sundays – Aug. 5th and 12th. Below is a suggested shopping list or you can get a printed copy at Connection Point. Just pick up some supplies, bring them to Church and they will be taken to Jennie Rogers. These supplies will go to any students who need them.
- 1½ and 2 inch binders
- Dividers for the binders
- Backpacks (no wheels)
- Composition books
- One subject spiral notebooks
- Pocket folders with and without prongs
- 24 pack of crayons
- 8 pack Markers
- Colored pencils
- No. 2 pencils
- Pencil boxes
- Hand sanitizer
- Graph paper
- Tissue boxes
- Paper Towel rolls
- Clorox wipes
- Ziploc bags (sandwich, quart, or gallon with zipper slides)
How about it, all you Good Southland Samaritans? Purchase some school supplies, bring them to Southland, and help a Jennie Rogers’ student who got robbed on the road to Jericho. OK… he didn’t really get robbed. But you get the point, right?
Lana Yeary, Volunteer
Danville Outreach Team Coordinator