It turned out to be a hard day today. It wasn’t a bad day by any means, just hard. We have had been without electric on one side of our room today and the kids have been restless today. It is amazing in times that seem hard that God shines his light through. Light has seemed to be the theme of our day today. It’s also amazing how blessed we really are. By American standard, people who are “poor” may only have one pair of shoes , or an ill-fitting pair , or even some with holes. Well by Indian standard poor is having no shoes.
Today we attended a shoe assembly in the school. This is a poor area so some of the children do not wear shoes to school. A group from the US named “Team India” supplies shoes for all the children in need. It makes me wonder what more we could be doing? It only costs $100 to provide a scholarship for a student to attend our school and receive uniforms. There is so much need both here and around the world. The body of Jesus needs to get it in gear and start moving. We need to get out of our own little comfortable lives and step out and make a change. There are so many ways to help. Prayers and action is what is needed. I hope you will consider this and reach out to someone near you and lend a helping hand.
Another first happened today as we attended our first Indian birthday party. We didn’t know Stephanie but she is a part of the congregation and today is her 16th birthday. This was very different than American birthday parties. We started with singing praise songs and then Tim read some Scripture. They also prayed for blessings for Stephanie.
The whole family room was packed with people. At least 25 people seated on the floor and in any nook or cranny available. It was great to see the camaraderie they have here. The lights went out while we were singing our worship songs so we sang by flashlight. Instead of blowing out the candles, the birthday girl cut a piece of cake and fed her immediate family and grandmother from it. After the “ceremony” the family offered everyone food up on the roof. It was in a tent made from fabric and we used flashlights to light the tent .
God’s light has really just surrounded us today. Ironically ,we sang this little light of mine this morning, but the song really is true. We are called into the darkness of the world to be the light, the source of hope, because we know Christ. God has spoke to us today through light. He gave us a day of beautiful sunshine, He gave us flashlights to keep singing His praise at the party, and He even restored our electric. Giving us , you guess it light.
This is the verse of the day that my bible gave me, but I thought it was very fitting.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NIV)