Why is ALO Committed to Providing Healthcare?
Because Jesus said…
33 “A Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:33–37 NIV)
Jesus used the Parable of the Good Samaritan to teach us how to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. The context makes it even clearer: loving your neighbor doesn’t just make for a nice story; it’s a requirement for eternal life!
Just as the Good Samaritan went out of his way to help the injured man, so Jesus expects us to “Go and do likewise” on behalf of those who are sick and hurting.
The Good Samaritan wasn’t the injured man’s close neighbor, but he was truly a good neighbor because his compassion led him to act. Broken, hurting children in Laos, Cambodia, or the Philippines may not be your close neighbors, but they are in desperate need of a good neighbor who will follow Christ’s command to “go and do likewise.”
Won’t you be that neighbor?
Did you know that many sick children in Asia Pacific need the help of a Good Samaritan?
- Diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria account for nearly half of all child deaths. These are often easily treatable and even preventable.
- Nearly four children every minute die from pneumonia.
- Approximately 99 percent of pneumonia deaths are in developing countries. A majority of these cases are bacterial, which means they could be treated with antibiotics.
- Simple, inexpensive nutritional supplements can boost vitamin A and zinc and help prevent diarrhea.
- Poor living conditions contribute to the spread of tuberculosis and pneumonia.
- Poverty contributes to poor health.
- Poor health contributes to poverty.
- Over 40 percent of children in Laos are stunted from malnutrition; this leads to chronic health conditions.
Without your help today, a precious child may…
- go blind
- never walk again
- be too crippled to work
- bankrupt his family
- be abandoned by her family
- suffer needless pain and fear
Lack of medical care due to cost and inaccessibility is a major problem for many poverty-stricken children and their families. ALO helps health clinics and medical outreaches provide care for those in need.