Let the light shine

By Fred Hegele, Board of Directors
Imara International


What a great warm welcome we received today at the Imara Home! While we all have expectations about a mission trip experience, so often we are surprised and pleased with the unexpected. Today, the Imara family presented a musical welcome to us which included a lighting of candles not unlike the passing of the light that occurs at Christmas Eve services in many Christian churches throughout the world. The “passing of the light” is a very special and inspirational experience for many including yours truly, and the light really came through today.

The Mission Trip Devotional Journal that we are using this trip is Why Not? Let Your Light Shine, by Rev. Dr. Frank Nelson of Woodbury, Minnesota, and published by TalkPoints. The study is based upon Matthew 5:16, where Jesus extends an invitation to us in his Sermon on the Mount, “Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Last night, Peggy Hermann led our group discussion, “Why Not Be A Light?”, using Ephesians 5:8,9, which reads: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth.” We had a rich discussion about living in the light and being the light last evening, and this morning we are welcomed with this special candlelight moment. Some might say “coincidence,” I say, “a God moment!” Thank you dear Imara moms and staff for lighting our lives is such an amazing way today.

We got started on a few of our projects today including art projects, health education for a young mom, computer training, inventory updates, early childhood interactions, rebuild of a water reserve tank platform and a bunch of getting (re)acquainted with each other. Sharon would comment many times how much the children have grown and changed since last January. I guess that’s what happens when you feed them: they grow up!

Neal did a very nice devotion at 11:00 a.m. (morning tea) about Job. He related some of his own personal experiences with Type I diabetes in his family. Neal, thank you for sharing in such a thoughtful and intimate way.

Great thanks to Kenyan Airlines for getting all 15 pieces of our lost luggage to us today. It is remarkable how valued and worthy (some might say heavenly) is a clean change of clothes—the first since we left Minneapolis last Saturday.

It is time to get ready for bed and to be well rested for tomorrow. We have a full day planned. Thank you, Lord, for blessing us again and again today. May your light shine today and tomorrow and every day.