I once heard the story of a man who was enjoying a quiet sunrise stroll along the beach, when he came upon an area where the tide had washed hundreds of starfish up on the shore and stranded them. He knew that soon the hot summer sun would dry the sand and the starfish would be doomed.

Several yards away, a young man was gingerly picking up each starfish and tossing it back into the water. It was clear from his fatigue that he had been working for a long time, but for all his labor, he had only made a dent in the mass. The older gentleman watched him for a few moments, then called out, “I admire your effort, but there’s so many, you couldn’t possibly save them all.”

The young man picked up another starfish, hurled it into the water, and without turning, said, “I saved that one.”

When I get overwhelmed by the enormous needs presented around the world, I remember something I heard Ronald Reagan say: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I must do; what I must do, by the grace of God, I will do.”

Let’s focus on what we can do and trust God with the rest.

Our Lord said that the poor will always be with us, but he didn’t mean that we should be paralyzed or apathetic about helping those that we can, even if it’s just one. Remember, the good shepherd will leave the 99 sheep to find the one that is lost!

When you give to King’s Ransom Foundation, 100 percent of your giving goes directly to the missions that are most important to you. Even if you don’t designate your gift, it all goes to feeding the hungry, building homes for the homeless, freeing children from slavery, or one of several other projects. Our operational expenses are completely funded by a private corporate donor, so all of your giving can go to where it’s needed. It’s our promise to you.

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