Recently I was reflecting with Dick Taylor, Founder, about FOCAS (Foundation of Compassionate American Samaritans) turning 30 years old. I asked him why he chose the words: Compassionate and Samaritans? He said, “It was the most intense example in the Bible of how we should treat each other.” He added compassion to intensify an already powerful parable of Christ’s sacrificial love.
The story of the Good Samaritan, in the book of Luke, is told by Jesus to an expert in the law. He asked Jesus who is his neighbor? (He had just answered Jesus’ question about the law to “love your neighbor”.) Jews and Samaritans didn’t like each other? Here’s Jesus casting the Samaritan in a positive light, as being compassionate, brave, and generous to a stranger. Jesus tells the man to go do the same – show love like the Samaritan:
Recognize a person in need.
Get personally involved.
Don’t be afraid.
Invest your time and resources.
Since 1999, I have seen countless FOCAS staff, volunteers, donors, AND patrons embrace this spirit of a compassionate Samaritan. They recognize needs, they get involved, they go to the more dangerous parts of town (and Haiti), they invest their time, talent, and treasure. They repeat, and repeat, and repeat the process. Thank you for being a compassionate Samaritan.
Scott Bowers – Executive Director