Anyone who welcomes one little child….in my name welcomes me.
There are many reasons for making a will but I hope that a desire to help bccs help children in the future will be one of them.
It hardly needs to be pointed out that we are all important to God. He loves us whether we are young or old, rich or poor. All we need to do is be open to welcoming Him into our lives.
On several occasions in the Bible we read about the particular focus Jesus placed upon children; children from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Jesus helped those children to overcome problems. He cast out demons from children, healed them of diseases and raised at least one from the dead. Frequently an adult’s faith in Jesus is the trigger for the miracle that helps the child.
Jesus also takes the offering of the boy with the loaves and fishes in order to feed the multitude of adults during the Sermon on the Mount. We can all learn from one another and we can all help one another.
So children are important to their parents and to God and they are important to all of us whether we are related to them or not.
In Matthew 18: 2-5 Jesus tells us:
'In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.
And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.
Anyone who welcomes one little child like this in my name welcomes me.
Jesus makes it clear that we can learn a lot from children about how we should relate to God and that by welcoming the little child we also welcome Jesus into our lives.
Jesus also went out of His way to tell stories about helping those who needed help irrespective of whether they were accepted by Jewish society or not, irrespective of who they were or what they had done in the past.
When asked by a Scribe which is the greatest commandment of the Law?'
Jesus said to him, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself.
On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets too.'
In St Luke’s Gospel we read that when asked who the “neighbour” was, Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan. A good neighbour is the one who helps when a need arises regardless of other factors.
Loving and helping our neighbours simply because they need help is what we do at bccs.
At bccs we do not ask questions about their faith or their background in order to decide if we can help a child. We help them because they are our neighbours and because we possess talents that enable us to offer them extremely professional and loving help.
Your help with our work for children is always appreciated. Your prayers for our work and for children are constantly needed. Your financial help is also constantly needed.
It is a very sad fact that there are more children who need our help than we can help.
In recent times we have nearly trebled the number of children we help each year but it is still not enough. Too many of our neighbours across Essex and East London need our help. We would love to help them all but we are limited by the resources available to us.
With your help we can increase our financial resources and that in turn will enable us to help even more children than we can help now.
We believe that children deserve the best help that we are able to provide and that means employing high quality people who have been well trained and who are properly supervised. I believe that our team of professionals represents an investment in the futures of thousands of children in our midst.
Please will you help us to help future generations of children by investing in bccs.
You can do this at any time by making a donation or supporting one of our events but I would like to specifically ask you to consider leaving a legacy to bccs in your will.
After you have provided for your family loved ones please consider a financial gift to bccs so that we can care for children who you will never know.
The poor are always with us and at bccs we hope to be always here to help the children of Essex and East London.
Leaving a legacy in your will is like making an investment in the future of children. Your financial help will live on after your death and we will use it wisely to ensure that even more children can be helped over time.
Making a will is straightforward and you can even do it yourself without professional help but we recommend that you use a professional so as to ensure that your wishes are properly carried out.
There are lots of good reasons to make a will apart from leaving a legacy to bccs but we hope and pray that leaving a legacy will be one of the good reasons that lead you to making a will or change one you have already made.
It could be your trigger to helping a child.
Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society