World Pathfinder Day and Foodshare in Dundee

World Pathfinder Day and Foodshare in Dundee

DundeeNaomi Manenji

September 18, 2021 was World Pathfinder Day! Pathfinders from every country and continent celebrate this day. Pathfinders have been mandated and each has responded: “I will GO.” The Pathfinders of Dundee SDA Church arrived at church all dressed up smartly in their Pathfinder uniforms prepared to go out and present themselves as Children of God, and as Pathfinders on this sunny day. This Sabbath was special because it was marked by two celebrations. The Women’s Day was also celebrated in the Dundee SDA church and few of the Pathfinders participated in the Women’s programme, by doing the prayer and scripture reading.  

After the service, the Pathfinders went out in little groups of about 2 or 3 and participated in the Dundee church's Hope Foodshare programme. This programme organises the collection and distribution of food to the local community. Food is collected from the Morrisons supermarket which shoppers have kindly donated. The Pathfinders, accompanied by an adult, collected the food, and packaged it individually in paper bags. The 16 bags were ready to hand out to those who need them the most in the community. Everyone had a different area to go and hand out the food bags, some far, and some near, but in the end, every Pathfinder managed to hand out the food bags successfully.  

As Pathfinders, it is our duty to help those in need, and those who are not as fortunate as us. Matthew 5:42 says “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” Every Pathfinder has been urged by the Lord to meet those needs. Every pathfinder has responded to the call to go and be the “hands and feet of Jesus” in their local community. They have responded: “I will Go.” The Pathfinders are designed by God to be sent into the world to meet diverse needs. It is our duty as Pathfinders and as children of God to reach out to those in need without expecting rewards-- to act selflessly. As we enter the winter period, we can all pull our weight and carry each other’s burdens by little things like donating food to our local community. 

As Pathfinders we are entering that youthful stage where we are tempted to focus more on aspects such as popularity and “looking cool.” We are not ashamed to go out in our uniform and be known as Pathfinders and as children of God. Furthermore, we are not ashamed to be the hands and feet of Jesus. God wants us to open the door to someone who is in need, He wants us to listen when someone who is in need cries out to us, and it is our duty to always be there for someone who seeks our help.