“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” Hebrews 11:1-2
Consider for a moment the faith walk of your ancestors. Since the late 1500’s there are so many different Lutherans throughout this world. Both sides of my family came to America from Germany and they were Lutherans. While serving as a missionary in Haiti I often wondered what my ancestors would think of me being there walking through the rural countryside visiting Lutheran churches and schools. I marvel at how the Holy Spirit worked through my lineage and also wondered about how the Spirit will move through the Lutherans living in Haiti. I heard the hymn ‘faith of our fathers’ recently and it brought me to think about a question that I hear quite often from people asking what will happen to the children attending Christian schools in Haiti. Where do they go? The majority of them come from homes that still practice vodou and these children will be family members who will be recognized as ancestors that began the Christian legacy in their family tree; ‘Faith of our fathers’ will describe the work of the Holy Spirit within their lives. The boys in the attached photo that was taken perhaps 15 years ago at Bon Barger in Caredeux are now in their mid to late twenties, if they survived the earthquake. Tomorrow I will tell you about one of these young men, his story and where he is today.
“Faith of our fathers, living still, in spite of dungeon, fire, and sword; oh, how our hearts beat high with joy whene’er we hear that glorious Word! Faith of our fathers, holy faith! We will be true to thee till death. Faith of our fathers, we will strive to win all nations unto thee; and through the truth that comes from God, we all shall then be truly free. Faith of our fathers, we will love both friend and foe in all our strife; and preach thee, too, as love knows how by kindly words and virtuous life.” Frederick Faber 1849
Dear 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