By Chandler Means
“If you have the heart for serving the least of these, social work just might be the major for you.” – Lancaster Bible College
March is National Social Work Month, and I cannot think of a group of professionals more deserving of recognition and honor. Social workers serve each day to help meet the basic needs of people, especially those who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty. Yes, this dedicated profession serves those Jesus spoke of in Matthew 25:40 who were the “least of these” in the culture in which He lived…and we live.
Social work as a profession has been around for more than 100 years. The first official social work class is said to have been offered in the summer of 1898 at Columbia University in New York. However, long before that class, the first job description for a social work position may have been laid out by the Lord to the prophet in Isaiah 58:6-10 (NLT)…
“…Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.
Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
Remove the heavy yoke of oppression...Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble.”
The role of AGAPE's social work professionals is important and valued every day, but this month, we recognize and honor the Kingdom ministry and service they are providing on behalf of AGAPE through the noble profession they have chosen.
And we salute the more than 700,000 social work professionals for their commitment to “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” (Ps. 82:3)
Come to think of it, aren’t we all called to major in social work?
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This post originally appeared on the AGAPE blog in 2019.