La Bonne Samaritaine,
("The Good Samaritan"), 1880
By Aime'-Nicolas Morot, 1850-1913
On exhibit at petitPalais, December 2005
Muse'e des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
Friends That Care: The Story Behind the Gift - December 2005
Hi! It's me, Nita, from Cheyenne [Wyoming]. Please find enclosed a check for $151.00. There is a story behind this contribution.
There are several girls, between the ages of nine and 12 years, who get together periodically for fun and spiritual encouragement. We, the Moms, meet with them also. At our last gathering the girls prepared a luncheon and program for their Moms. At the end of the afternoon, the girls shared their secret they kept for the past few months.
In September, we talked about Face the Challenge (FTC), its outreach, and its needs. The girls decided collectively to save their monies and give to FTC without telling anyone about their intentions. The check is the result of that endeavor!
Needless to say, we, the Moms, were overjoyed that our girls would undertake this project without any urging from us. Simply, they received the information about FTC and took the initiative. We were touched! They call themselves Friends That Care (FTC).
Thanks for being used by God and for the opportunity for our daughters to help in this way.
When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it.
- Galatians 6:10
P.S. The girls are: Abie, Christie, Hannah, Jessica, Abby, and Katherine.
NOTE: FTC is pleased to receive this sacrificial gift from daughters who seized the opportunity to bring joy to mothers whose children need healing surgeries. We hope such generosity will be multiplied, bringing hope to many who can then tell their own "stories from the gift". --GHR
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
". . . [the legal expert] asked Jesus, 'And who is my neighbor?'
In reply Jesus said: 'A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him
and went away, leaving him half dead.
A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the
man, he passed by on the other side.
So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the
But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw
him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on
oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and
took care of him.
The next day he took out two silver coins 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.'
'Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell
into the hands of robbers?'
The expert in the law replied, 'The one who had mercy on him.'
Jesus told him, 'Go and do likewise. . . .'
-- Luke 10:29-37
To the Samaritan, the wounded man was a human being worthy of care and love. FTC desires to follow the Good Samaritan's example, giving the gift of mercy whenever opportunities arise.