Make A Wish Foundation has granted 310,000 wishes worldwide with the help of 30,000 volunteers in 49 countries as well as numerous, generous donors. Very often, the wishes are granted to children with life-threatening conditions. This is appropriate since this is the genesis of the now highly-successful collection of nonprofit organizations which grants a wish to a child an average of once every 38 minutes.
But it began in 1980 with a 7-year-old boy named Chris Greicius. He wanted to “catch bad guys.” His mom, Linda, was friends with a U.S. Customs Agent’s wife in Arizona. Several individuals were able to solicit help, pull strings, and get Chris a police uniform in his size and a helicopter ride to tour the Arizona Department of Safety facilities. Four days later, Chris dies. But he dies a happy little boy, and several people allow his dream to come true (info via wish.org).
Perhaps the most beautiful part of this touching story is the powerful impact for good that follows when people work together, selflessly, for a common cause. When no one is looking for credit but everyone devotes their energy to a good and noble cause, who knows to what extent it can grow? God’s people have that power, and David proclaims it, saying, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Ps. 133:1). “Good” depicts the action and “pleasant” demonstrates the effect of it.
The function of evangelism campaigns, workshops and lectureships, mass mail outs, organized home Bible studies, friendship evangelism, Vacation Bible Schools, and the like can be the saving of souls. When we see our congregational events and activities as opportunities to work together to reach the lost, beautiful results follow! Heaven’s heart is touched by the earthly efforts of Christians to seek and save them (cf. Luke 19:10). Who knows what profound, positive things follow the conversion of even a single soul? So, let’s find ways to work with our Christian family to save souls from death (cf. Jas. 5:20)!