A shining light.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

My days usually begin at 5 AM, taking a handful of pills the doctors insist will provide me with a longer life and turn on my PC, make a cup of coffee while I am being ‘connected’ and then come back and proofread my Trinity/HOPE devotion and post it online and then listen to the Lutheran Hour devotion, read my E-Mail and finally drink my coffee, check the ‘news’ and listen to a Southern Gospel internet station.  I was starting to put together a devotion for tomorrow looking at photos and the song “I brought you to Jesus” by the Isaacs was playing and the Holy Spirit once again nudged me. 

The school in the attached photo was taken on one of Keith Logan’s mission trips and this school is located at Acquier in the Les Cayes District.  I was there in 2002 before they had a  Trinity/HOPE program and this photo taken in 2010 reflects the same red dirt and the school building doesn’t appear to have changed in 8 years; only the faces of the 160 children have changed.  At the time of my visit back in the day, I was told by Pastor Isidor that I was the first blan (Caucasian) Lutheran to have visited this school. 

Getting back to the lyrics of the song, the chorus goes something like this; “I brought you to Jesus but you brought a blessing to me.  I brought you to Jesus and you showed me how a willing heart should be.  You taught me how a little child has the kind of faith that everybody needs, I brought you to Jesus but you brought a blessing to me.”  It always seems that when a mission team from North America goes to Haiti the members feel that they are ‘bringing Jesus’ to the school children or at least that is what I often thought when I visited schools such as this.  The most recent Trinity/HOPE teams that have gone to Haiti, visiting children have been more about ‘sharing’ their love of Jesus Christ with these young lights, together celebrating our relationship with our Savior.

We brings tools, such as multi-colored bracelets to assist these young missionaries in their outreach to eyes that have not seen and ears that have not heard the message.  The children at Acquier are letting their Gospel lights shine brightly before others in their surrounding neighborhoods and you have been an important part of their journey with your continued support.  Thank you for bringing your love of Jesus to them.

Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen.

May God be with you…Jay