I was wearing a simple necklace with one pearl hanging at the end of it the day I met Leah. I loved this necklace because it was a gift from a dear friend. Yet for some reason, I knew Leah needed this necklace. Not for the sake of fashion, but as a symbol of hope. Without even thinking I took the necklace off for the first time in three years and placed it around Leah’s neck. As I finished fastening the necklace around her neck, you would have thought I had handed her all the money in the world. Leah started laughing, crying, jumping, hugging me, and I was crying along with her. After her parade of emotions, she proceeded to tell me that a few days before our team visited her village she had been crying out to God asking him for a sign, any sign, to show her that He still loved her. She needed to know God could still see her and hear her cries. I looked at that necklace as just another gift from a friend. Leah saw the necklace as a sign from God that her life was still worth living, a trinket symbolizing hope for the future. It blows my mind that by simply giving of yourself you can literally change someones life.
There are millions of Leah’s out there just waiting for a signal of hope from God, you can be that light. You have the capability to fulfill the mandate God calls upon us in James 1: 27 which is: “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
Join Go International this February as we travel back to Haiti to fulfill the mandate, save innocent lives and be a light in a world full of darkness.
February 2011, Go International traveled half way across the world and for the first time ever as an organization stepped foot on African soil as they landed in Johannesburg, South Africa. While in South Africa, the team was able to visit and bring light to those who lived in the “squatter camps.” Eager for hope to hold on to the South Africans were receptive of the gospel message.
Photo credit: Lindsey Eryn Clark