Imilimo Ya Luse is Bemba, one of the most widely spoken languages in Zambia, and meaning “Acts Of Mercy”.
Imilimo Ya Luse (Acts Of Mercy) has developed seven (7) key focus areas from its key Bible verses Matthew 25:31-45
- Visiting The Sick
- Clothing The Naked
- Feeding The Hungry
- Encouraging The Mourners
- Sheltering The Homeless
- Giving Safe Drinking Water To The Thirsty
- Visiting Prisoners
As JIFAN Association we believe in addressing the needs of people at our doorstep and in our local communities but we can’t be only acting locally. We can’t ignore the desperate needs of the poor worldwide. We have been doing Imilimo Ya Luse locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
Jesus Christ calls us to love one another just like he loves us. And the great way we can show this love for others is by responding to their spiritial and physical needs both with words and actions. Its true that everyone is called by Christ Jesus both to preach the gospel and care for the underprivileged lives and communities. We normally share what we have that’s why God does not ask you and i to give out of what we don’t have.
Jesus Christ is so identified with the poor. And If we want to call ourselves true followers of Him, we must desire to be like Him, imitate Him (Pala Pala Yesu).
We believe that the opportunities for doing Imilimo Ya Luse (Acts Of Mercy) are countless and everywhere, just as human needs are countless and everywhere. The key is to start doing whatever you can, and do as much as you can by God’s grace for His glory. This includes donating/contributing;
- Building materials
- Safe drinking water
- You can donate or contribute anything that can help those in need
Seven (7) Ways To Develop Compassion For The Needy People And Communities
- We must pray for the needy people and communities
- We must desire to notice the needs in people’s lives and communities
- We must share their needs with others wisely
- We must feel the pain of the needy people and communities
- We must take wise action to help them find the solution
- We must together develop a sustainable solution
- We must praise God for the sustainable solutions
Our God the Creator calls us to share in the suffering of others as we respond practically to their needs. We will be held accountable for our lack of actions. It doesn’t matter if the needy people is a close friend or someone we have never met. It doesn’t matter if the needy peoplel is our best friend or our worst enemy. For example, in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, it was the Samaritan who stopped and helped the Jewish man who was beaten and robbed and the Samaritans and Jews were bitter enemies at that time. If a man could help his bitter enemy when his enemy needed help, surely we can help even our worst enemy.
Challenges do offer us opportunity to encounter Jesus in acts of mercy (Imilimo Ya Luse). If only we viewed others the way Jesus sees others every time we look into the eyes of our fellow man. As we serve others, we serve Jesus. As we meet the needs of others, we meet the needs of his people He loves. Our service to others is a reflection of the love we have for God and others
Our job has been to show Christ’s love by showing compassion for the needy people and communities because when we do, we become Christlike (Pala Pala Yesu)
If we want to love and serve the God we cannot see, then we must be willing to serve and love the people we are able to see. Jesus made it very clear. Whatever you do for the least of my brethren, you do it for me.
In this world there are so many needy people. All we have to do is keep our eyes open to see those opportunities to help these needy people and to keep our hearts open to respond to their needs. We believe together we can respond to the needs of this world for God’s glory.
Key Bible Verses – Matthew 25:31-45
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.
32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’