Dear Church family,
The latest update from Phil, Lucy and Shirley is that all have made it to Thiruvananthapuram, India, safely (say that three times fast!). They have already participated in a retreat along with students from the Bible College our church supports. Beginning Monday, all three of them will be teaching classes at the school. Phil will teach on the letters to the Corinthians; Shirley will teach English As A Second Language (ESL) classes; and Lucy will be teaching health classes.

I have been rereading some of Amy Carmichael’s works this week as we’ve celebrated having these three in India. Carmichael was a Christian missionary to India from the late 1800s to the 1950s. She wrote several books about her work there. One line she wrote stood out to me:

“You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving.

The more I consider that line, the more it clarifies why Lucy and Phil and Shirley are in India right now. It is why our congregation gives to places as far away as India, Malawi, El Salvador and Haiti. And, it is why we give to place as close as Next Step Homeless Services and the Samaritan Clinic (both walking distance from the church). The reason is simple: we fell in love and, once we loved, we had to give.

Many in this congregation have fallen in love with the people of Haiti and especially the children who walk for miles each way to attend the school we support, Epiphanie School. We have fallen in love with men and boys who have risked everything—money, status, family relationships—to train to be Christian pastors in a remote corner of southwest India. We have fallen in love with Kara Wilson and her work with families in crisis in El Salvador. We have fallen in love with our own community and could not help but give to its homeless services and its medical missions.

This week, take one whole prayer time to simply list before God the things you love; the things you truly love. For, out of that love, God will show you how you can give.
Christ’s Peace be with you all,