Most of us know the two great Commandments, “Love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.” Even the lawyer in this passage from Luke, who asked Jesus what he needed to do to inherit eternal life, knew these two great commands. But he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus followed with the story of the Good Samaritan. Sometimes we ask ourselves this same question. Who is my neighbor? Who are we supposed to help? Where are we to be in mission? At Frazer we are involved in helping our neighbors around the world and locally. Some of us recently returned from the Red Bird Mission in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky. We found our neighbors here, too. Clay County Kentucky, where we stayed and worked, is the poorest county in the nation. There are more people by percentage living in poverty there than anywhere else in the United States. We worked there with other people from other states making a difference in our neighbors’ lives. Sometimes we think that mission work is only overseas, but mission can be as close as our next door neighbor, our community, our workplace, our school, or even the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky. Look around you today and see where you can serve your neighbor!
– Dr. Neil Epler