These words were first used to describe the scene by the pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the man who had been paralysed for 35 years. Today it could easily describe the people who CMIAID comes into contact with every day!
CMIAID is a Christian organisation working in Eastern Europe, in countries that had once been under the iron rule of Communism. Its base is in Moldova, officially the poorest country in Europe. Life in Moldova is hard, particularly for the sick, the elderly, the ones with no one to care for them. Those fortunate enough to have a home are seldom able to look after it, to heat it, to clean it. Leaking straw roofs and freezing cold mud walls are all these old people have left in the world, after a life of hard toil has left their bodies weakened and prematurely aged.
CMIAID aims to provide the practical care these people desperately need. It provides hot meals daily for the elderly, pays the rent for families struggling with housing, provides firewood for people freezing in winter, and clothes and goods for children to attend school. This year by God’s grace, it will also open a Christian Nursing Home where elderly people can live and be cared for, and a medical centre, where sick people can receive free medical attention. The new base that will accommodate these new projects will be called “The Bethesda Christian Centre.” Yes, just like in Bible times, the sick, the poor, the needy and very many, but Jesus, the Son of God, still cares for each one! AS each meal, each medicine, each bundle of firewood is lovingly prepared and given out, so too is the message “God cares for you. He cares so much He sent His own precious Son for you.”
Since the fall of Communism the doors opened wide for the gospel to go to countries where it had once been highly dangerous to smuggle in, distribute, or even read a Bible. The work of CMIAid began during this difficult time, by Matthew Hillier, while he was still a year 7 student at Pacific Hills Christian School. Matthew focused on sending Bibles to Christians behind the Iron Curtain. Often, they were confiscated by the government. But God’s Word cannot be stopped. Today, Communism is history. But Matthew and the CMIaid team continue to translate, print and distribute and spread God’s message of good news.