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GRACEnotes, July 22
Two quotes posted by Facebook friends this week seem fitting for midsummer meandering. The first one is attributed to John Muir – “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” The second comes from Bernard of Clairvaux – “You will discover things in the woods that you never found in books. Stones and trees will teach you things you never heard from your school teachers.” Both quotes are worthy encouragements to take a walk in the woods, putter in the garden, stroll under the stars, or run on the beach. By doing so, we receive the gifts that await us from the wonderful, wild, and natural world to which we’re inextricably linked. Thank you, Holy Creator, for these blessings.
An email came yesterday from Erika Cook. You may remember she’s one of five Luther House students making mission trips this summer. She just completed three weeks among the First Nations village of Glen Vowell, or Sik-e-Dakh, located in northern British Columbia. She, along with a team of seven others, hosted Vacation Bible School for children of the village. Not all was just Bible study, though. They continued building relationships with villagers she’s known for three years, enjoyed community dinners together, learned native drumming, worshiped, and played sports – especially women’s soccer. Erika reports that was one of her favorite activities. The Skeena Mist team had members from 11-12 years old all the way into their 30s and 40s. Working together to build community in ways that are fun and memorable will last long after the mission team is gone.
Sadly, there’s a lot of pain in a village like Sik-e-Dakh due to maltreatment by early European settlers. Much was taken away from these villages – land, youth, language, traditions. Much harm was done to them, especially abuse and neglect. The result has been poverty, alcoholism and substance abuse, and distrust of outsiders. Her effort is to help create small signs of hope by building bridges of understanding through faith. Yet she knows there’s much yet to do. Hence, Erika asks for our prayers: that God provides hope to the people of Sik-e-Dakh, that there’s an opportunity for her to return again next year, and to trust that God is working in and through her team to fulfill God’s will for these people. Yes, Erika, we’ll pray with you.
My personal hope is that we’ll be able to hear about this powerful experience from Erika first-hand this fall, as well as learning from Andrew (European mission), Laura (Guatemala medical team), Bryan (cross country bike ride for the Ability Experience), and Justin (Camp Lutherwood) about their experiences and why these servant missions make a difference. God continue to bless these selfless servants.
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