By Fred Hegele, Board of Directors
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. Read More