Sometimes words don’t suffice. But what I lack in words, my heart sings with love. This beautiful little family we’re creating is knit together from great pain… and great hope. It is my privilege to journey with them and be a part of their lives today.
Each of these women have a very painful past of sexual exploitation, abuse, deep and the ravaging effects of desperate poverty. But as I see hope weaving a new chapter in their stories, real smiles are breaking forth. Is there anything more rewarding to witness?
An Ethiopian friend shared this scripture with me, and I’ve thought of it often over the last few days as I navigate two worlds and think of the immense weight of the work still ahead.
The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. -Isaiah 58.11-12
I am comforted and challenged by so many believers in Ethiopia (and across the globe) who carry on, often with heavy burdens of their own to overcome. It is humbling and inspiring to be a part of this work with them, and to be invited to share in the struggles.
This journey to understand and serve my Master comes with a tension I gladly embrace. And like this friend reminded me, God will always be there to “satisfy our needs in a sun-scorched land.”
PS – If you aren’t familiar with what LSM is doing to combat exploitation in Ethiopia, please learn more here! And if you haven’t checked out the purses these women are creating, you won’t want to miss this!