And the King will answer … “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” —Mt 25:40

What’s a Humanitarian?

The word humanitarian comes from the root human—because a humanitarian is someone who helps other human beings. Philanthropist is similar, from the Greek phileo (to love) and anthropos (person).

Both words connect to IOCC’s work, because IOCC helps other human beings, showing God’s love for people through our actions. Humanitarian work is serving other people, especially those who have experienced difficult or tragic things.

Let’s Pray Together

The Orthodox Church teaches that every single person carries the image of God. So no matter what kind of help someone needs (food, water, someone to listen, etc.), we offer it because God loves people, whom He made in His image, and because He asks us to help one another.

The stories in this booklet show a few ways we can help people around the world. As you read, please pray for the people in the stories and for those helping them by doing humanitarian work every day.

Each chapter ends with activities you can do with your family or Sunday School class (virtually or in person) to think a bit more about IOCC’s inspiration scripture in Matthew 25.

Thank you for your prayers—they connect us all in service to Christ.

“Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave me food.” (Mt 25:34–35a)

“I was thirsty and you gave me drink.” (Mt 25:35b)

“I was a stranger and you took Me in.” (Mt 25:35c)

“I was sick and you visited Me.” (Mt 25:36b)

When you pray, you can start with some of the Orthodox daily prayers on the following pages. Then, use your own words to offer God thanks
and to pray for children and families around the world.

Inspired by Faith, Driven by Purpose

I was thirsty and you gave Me drink;
I was a stranger and you took Me in;
I was naked and you clothed Me;
I was sick and you visited Me;
I was in prison and you came to Me.”
… And the King will answer and say to them,
“Assuredly, I say to you,
inasmuch as you did it to one of the least
of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”

— Matthew 25:35–36, 40

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