The power of giving and sharing God’s love is seen throughout history. When people take action to care for others there is a power released that is beyond words.
Abbe’ Pierre believed this strongly and set up ways for the under-privileged to give and care for others. He lived in the early 1900’s and fought against the injustice done to the poor.
In his book, “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made“, Philip Yancey writes:
“Pierre could not tolerate the endless debates by noblemen and politicians while so many street people starved outside. During an unusually harsh winter, many of the Parisian beggars froze to death. In desperation, Pierre resigned his post and became a Catholic friar to work amount them. Failing to interest politicians or the community in the beggars’ plight, he concluded his only recourse was to organize the beggars themselves. He taught them to do menial tasks better. Next, he led them to build a warehouse from discarded bricks and start a business in which they sorted and processed vast quantities of used bottles from hotels and businesses. Finally, Pierre inspired each beggar by giving him responsibility to help another beggar poorer than himself.
The project caught fire and expanded into other countries. After years of this work there were no beggars left in Paris.” I must find somebody for my beggars to help” he declared. “If I don’t find people worse off than my beggars, this movement could turn inward. They’d become a powerful, rich organization and the whole spiritual impact will be lost. They have no one to serve.
Abbe’ Pierre had mastered the principle of servant leadership, an essential part of the spiritual role of parent. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many, “ Jesus said about himself, I know no message more urgent for the wealthy countries of the West, who share a planet with three billion people earning less than two dollars per day, a world in which 40,000 children die each day from malnutrition and preventable diseases.
As Abbe’ Pierre himself has said, the solution to such problems will not come from massive programs administered by international agencies helpful as they may be; it will come from many individuals who commit themselves in a willing spirit of servant love.”
After reading about Abbe’ Pierre I was on fire with zeal! This helped me go forward with the vision of Drops of Love. I hope you will visit the Drops of Love page read more.