We were able to have lunch a couple of months ago with some new friends who are missionaries in Slovakia. Joe and Julie are on stateside furlough and are members of our church. They surrendered to a call to the mission field a few years ago and it was a pleasure to hear their story. Joe and Julie minister to people who really have very little hope, they are judged by their race, as a result they are not given jobs, true hunger is a reality for their families, they are oppressed with very little possibility of change. Julie said that the physical needs are overwhelming, but another missionary wisely shared that all you really have to give them is Jesus. Jesus is the only thing that can make a difference, an eternal difference. There aren't enough resources to feed them all, you don't have a job to give them, but you do have Jesus and He can give them hope that you yourself do not have to offer.
The same is true of me, I don't really have much to offer you. I can tell you how I organized my pantry and it might make a difference for today, but what have I really given you. The only thing that I have that can make a difference in your life eternally, is Jesus. I believe that Jesus died on a cross not only for my sin, but yours also and if you trust in Him alone you will find a hope that far surpasses anything else you have ever known.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 3:23