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Like the Good Samaritan
By: Jim McKee
Who is my neighbor? Asked by a young lawyer, this simple question evoked one of Jesus' most-oft quoted parables—the story of the Good Samaritan. Today, scores of medical centers, law firms, and social service agencies bear the Good Samaritan name. Yet, more important than the name is the lesson that this traveler's selfless actions still teach. We can learn much from Dr. Luke's* telling of the definitive crisis intervention story.
- REASON for the Crisis: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.”
- RESPONSE to the Crisis: “But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.”
- RESTORATION of the Victim: “He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.”
- RELOCATION of the Victim: “Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.”
- RESOURCES for the Victim: “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.’”
The violence that befell the Good Samaritan still plagues our world today. Abused and abandoned victims are reason enough for our immediate action. Like the Good Samaritan, CRM teams engage in rapid, on-scene response, providing physical and spiritual support to begin the restoration process. Victim relocation occurs if the danger of physical or emotional harm is still present and; finally, all this intervention and advocacy is made possible through resources given by our generous donors.
As the end of 2021 draws near, will you consider including Crisis Response Ministry in your year-end charitable giving plan? Your gift will keep the Crisis Response Ministry team “at the ready” to answer every call for help from our neighbors in need.
*The Gospel of Luke 10:30; 33-35
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