Light is a sweet commodity in the darkness of a late Minnesota fall and early winter. There never seems to be enough. Multiple candles are clustered on the coffee table. Dark corners are lit with lamps. A bowl is filled with artificial greens and twinkling lights. Strings of lights twine across the mantel, around the front door, and in between the candlesticks atop the bookcase. Light. Good for the spirit, as well as the soul.
Photos of our year of travel caring for missionaries are characterized by light in one form or another. Illumination through countries. Cities. Mountains. Countryside. Roads. Valleys.
Lights at dusk on an old church in Montreal, Quebec.
Bright sunshine of a winter’s day at a Wisconsin youth retreat.
Airport lights through the rain in Frankfort, Germany.
Sun highlighting the snow topped Alps surrounding Innsbruck, Austria.
Huge windows welcoming afternoon rays in a Szczecin, Poland classroom.
Sparkling evening glow of the Grand Market in Budapest, Hungary.
Warm spring sunshine blessing an early morning drive on a country road leading to Prague, Czech Republic.
Early summer clouds dancing in the sunlight in Bucharest, Romania.
Presentation of the Parthenon in the evening light of Athens, Greece.
Stained glass light in Peterborough Cathedral in Peterborough, England.
There is nothing like mid-summer Norwegian light.
Mountain light of the Tetras outside of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.
Filtered Pacific Ocean light outside Panama City, Panama.
Two sisters in North Carolina, sharing a sun-blessed walk.
Sofia, Bulgaria’s fountain mist catching the sunlight.
Sweet light on the face of a beautiful Roma girl.
\Light of the setting sun on the coastline of Croatia.
Warm autumn light on the Mediterranean.
But it is Light of Ministry that holds our hearts. We are completing our second full year as “pastors to missionaries” on the Member Care Team with ReachGlobal, the mission arm of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Our year has been wrapped with strands of ministry lights. We have traveled out of the country every month of the year, but April and December, doing what we can to listen, pray over, and encourage our missionary colleagues. Preparation is also an important part of our ministry in that we help provide pre-field training for missionaries who will soon be on the field for the first time. And, as they come off the field we provide debriefing opportunities. We work with an incredible team as part of Member Care, meeting together for week long meetings twice a year to learn from, and encourage, each other. The light of ministry is remarkably significant for us as the missionary families and individuals with whom we interact have captured our hearts.
Light of Partnership is so important: So many of you participate in the care we provide missionaries. Thank you for supporting them and us with your prayers. We realize there are various places where you can choose to partner financially. Many of you have chosen us and our ministry. As you have read, we travel quite a bit and our funds are in need of replenishing so we can continue to travel where we are needed. Thank you for considering us in your end-of-the-year giving. To say we are grateful does not quite express the light this brings to our lives.
Light of Life is at the crux of it all: And, Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12. The richest, truest light!
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