Youth Ministry and Philanthropy: An Interview with Jeremy Affeldt

I don't care if you're a Christian or a non-Christian, I think when you do humanitarian things you show the love of Jesus, whether you know it or not.  When you help someone, the joy that they feel, and the fulfillment that you get from that will tell you that there's something inside of you that craves Jesus because of the way it fulfills you, the way that your body is no longer spiritually hungry.  Because that cup of love is fabulous.  It's full.  When you do something for somebody else, it'll show you that you need Jesus.  And those who have him, want more of him.  You know?  Because they're like, this is awesome. 

I feel good when I go to bed at night.  I lay my head down on my pillow, I feel great. I'm enjoying life so much.  I just helped someone get rescued from slavery today, or I just helped a village of 1500 people get good drinking water.  I just helped build an orphanage that will help kids and give them positive opportunities to learn and to be leaders and put shelter over their heads.  I just sent 200,000 meals to a village in Uganda and fed them for a year, or whatever!  You know?  You had that opportunity to do it.  And when you know that you've done it, man, that's just an awesome feeling. 

 

Beth Davies-Stofka teaches courses on comparative religion and the philosophy of religion. She has also been an online columnist and critic and contributes regularly to the Patheos site.

2/23/2010 5:00:00 AM
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    Beth Davies-Stofka teaches courses on comparative religion and the philosophy of religion. Her teaching and research focus in two areas: the challenges that violence and human suffering present to theological ethics, and explorations of philosophy and...
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