Question:

I have been living in Africa since I lost my dependable job due to politics or governmental changes. I think God has left Africa because of the poverty, destructions, killing, famines, homelessness and many more which is happening here. Now it seems the whole world is against me because I have reach out to many people here, and, because of man wickedness, no one want to help me. Sometimes I wonder why God has not taken away my life because what kind of life is this. Am I here to accompany some people to achieve their goal, or I was born for a purpose, and if so, then why am I suffering all the while? If God is love, why should my parents die and leave me in this world to suffer without help from someone?

I have been searching the web any time I have a little money to go to the Internet café to look for someone to help me, but I have tried so hard, and I could not find anyone until I heard about your ministry and decided to write you.

There are a whole lot of people with my situation here, and they need to be attended to; otherwise, many souls will be lost. Sometime I feel like joining a gang to survive, but when I realize that it's a crime, then I stop. The last time I wrote, I had decided to commit suicide, and I saw your mail that you wanted to listen to me. Even what to wear, what to eat and where to sleep is a problem now. I need someone who will help me to achieve. May be if I to go to school and get work afterwards. If someone will help me get a job to do so that I can survive on that.

Please I can not write all of them here because the credit I have at the café is not enough, so I have to end here and wait for your reply. But if you turn against me, then I will not have any option than to commit suicide because I am lonely and have no one in this world to talk to. Not even one to comfort me. My whole life is all about sadness and disappointment. So please reply me soon.


Answer:

My suspicion is that this is just a little more sophisticated scam, but in case it might be legitimate, I replied with the following:

I understand that many places are difficult because of the turmoil men have brought upon themselves. You and I cannot solve those problems. Your chief problem at the moment is that you need employment. Begging for money is not going to give you what you need. "For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread" (II Thessalonians 3:10-12).

When you are unemployed, your job is to look for jobs. Since you are able to get some funds for the Internet café, it is clear that you are able to make a small amount of money. If what you like to do is not available, then you accept jobs doing what you would rather not do.

If you are going to be a follower of Christ, joining a crime gang is not an option. You don't help yourself or your neighbors by increasing the violence and the crime in your area. Nor is suicide an option because it solves nothing. It would be foolish to exchange hardship in this life for an eternity of suffering because you committed the murder of yourself. You are alive and that means you can do something to improve your life. "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going" (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Once you die you cannot improve your life. What you have is your ability to work, so put effort to use.