I try to remember; it is hard work

I try to remember; it is hard work

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because God has appointed me to bring good news to the poor." —Luke 4:18a (NRSV)

Japan

I try to remember.

Remembering is hard work, and a duty of Christians, but there are things that we know that we cannot readily see and experience in our world.

I try to remember at all times that the people who cook breakfast, and the people who plant vegetables, and the people who preach the Gospel are more powerful than all the generals in the world. Our power is not visible, but it is no less real, and no less invincible for its invisibility.

Nancy Molin
United Church of Christ in Japan
Asian Rural Institute
Nishinasuno, Tochigi-ken

Lesotho

I don't know what it's like to live with six other people in a small square room, to eat the same staple each day.

I don't know what it's like to have members of my family die or to have funerals as regularly scheduled as football games in the autumn.

I don't know what it is like to travel dirt roads barefoot with a baby on my back and a bag of cornmeal on my head that will have to feed my family for three months.

In the midst of my questioning why I am here, I pray not for the world to be saved in a day, but that each day I may impact another life in a positive way simply by living out God's will, by following Jesus' example, and by walking with others.

Megan Mumma
Former youth worker
Morija

Nepal

Anupa's father is dead. Her mother, who can neither read nor write, sweeps the hospital floors to support her six children. Seeing that the successful people working at the hospital were well educated, Anupa's mother encouraged her to study hard.

Amazingly, Anupa passed the rigorous entrance examinations for our nursing school.

The family scraped together money for the first year's tuition and then Anupa received a scholarship. How her family celebrated when Anupa graduated last March. Now she is working at a rural District Health Center.

Mary Maxwell
United Mission to Nepal
Kathmandu

Fed. States of Micronesia

"God doesn't call the equipped; God equips the called," an old camp meeting saying and a good thing to remember.

Karl and Jan Whiteman
Micronesia Council
of the United Church of Christ
Pohmpei

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