VBS had hardly started when a girl asked if I could make a “late visit” to her mother because she needed some happiness. I was surprised, because just that morning we had prayed to understand what our purpose in the community was. Right then, my purpose was to show this hurting mother the love of Jesus. It meant abandoning my fears, trusting for safety on an ATV driven by a nine-year-old and being ready to love this woman. My words may have been inadequate, but my presence was my ministry that day. She felt love from God and from me. The conversation was one of hope for the future.
That is our purpose in going to the North: to share the hope that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as our Savior and friend. The first Advent candle represents waiting. We wait with hope in our hearts. The pain, suffering, poverty and hopelessness our friends in the North experience make for very dark days for many of them. Our friends in “the South” also face many dark days. What a privilege it is to share God’s love in Christ Jesus with others. They need to know that Christ lived, died and rose again for their sake. I need to learn to be ready to do this, not just in my community in the North, but also in my community in the South. It is our hope in the reality of Jesus’ gift of forgiveness, new life and salvation that brings true joy, and that is at the centre of our happiness.
We pray: Dear Jesus, thank you for bringing hope to the world by coming to us as a baby. Help us to share this hope with all people who need to hear Your Good News. Amen.
Written by Anke Berner
Volunteer Missionary to Grandmother’s Bay, Saskatchewan