Love your neighbor

8 10 2010

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-39)


Yesterday and tomorrow I was/ will be working in Mexico all day. Yesterday, I attended a meeting with our Mexico Pastor’s Board in Tijuana. This board is comprised of 16 pastors who believe in and help determine the vision for Amor Ministries. This meeting was all in Spanish, a great opportunity for me to hone my speaking and understanding skills. Tomorrow, I will be building with a group of individuals from the San Diego area on a house in Tijuana, in a community called Valle Verde. I will be posting pictures and video once I get home Saturday 🙂


Being in Mexico frequently has made me think about the “love your neighbor verse” all the time. As  a citizen of the U.S., Mexico is our neighbor, and we should care about what is going on there, more than sympathy, more than understanding, we need action. Love is an action. At Amor, this action is building homes, but for each of us it’s different. Not each neighbor is the same, not each situation is the same. Jesus tells us that the first commandment is to love God, and the second, to love your neighbor is equally important. Wow! How are we as Christians loving our neighbor? who is your neighbor? Here are some interesting statistics and thoughts from Gayla Congdon, founder and CSO of Amor Ministries:


1. There are 100 million street children – 60 million living in Latin America. What is the church doing?

2. 1.2 million children are victims of sex trafficking.  We hear more celebrities talking about what they are doing than I do the church. Jesus’ ministry had an intentional focus on children and he showed they often understood him better than adults.

3. Statistics show Christians have the resources to eradicate poverty worldwide. So what part of the Bible are we not reading? Jesus talks about the poor over and over and over. Read Matthew 25.


5. The drug war in Mexico is fueled by so many things;  including the U.S. consumption of  drugs and a total disregard for human life by the cartels.

6. Some American Christians have adhered to an isolationist theology forgetting that God doesn’t see borders. Where in the Bible does it say we need to “help our own first”?

7. Every Sunday we sings songs of worship saying things like, “I will follow him wherever he leads me.” Will we? Instead of trusting God, we are living in a paralyzing fear that is affecting our ability to serve God and follow Him wherever He leads.


In His love,





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