Ezra 2:69 (NIV)
According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work 61,000 darics of gold, 5,000 minas of silver and 100 priestly garments.
In the summer of 1959, Robert Hill was a 13-year-old boy living in Italy. His father was a sergeant in the United States Army and was stationed there. Robert had just read of Dr. Albert Schweitzer's humanitarian works in Africa and he wanted to help him. Robert had only enough money to buy one bottle of aspirin. He didn't even have enough money to mail it to the doctor. But Robert wrote a letter to the Commander of the Air Force in Italy asking if "one of your planes" could just drop the bottle at the hospital. The Commander was touched by Robert's letter and passed it on to an Italian radio station. The station broadcast Robert's letter on the air. Soon thousands wanted to give to Dr. Schweitzer's work. In July 1959, Robert Hill flew to Africa with four and a half tons of medical supplies worth more than $400,000 carried in planes provided by the French and Italian Governments. There were a great many persons who wished to give "aspirin" for Dr. Schweitzer's work. Dr. Schweitzer was touched by the display of compassion and said: "I never thought a child could do so much for my hospital."
What is your ability to give?
Dear Lord, thank the Lord for the opportunities You give us to give to others for Your glory. Open our eyes today so that we can see what we can do to help others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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