Doris Cessna

Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy is he whose hope is in the lord his God.  (Psalms 146:5)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 15:13)

This past September was one of the highlights of my year. We had the privilege of sharing our home with two members of the Morocco team, Basille and Carlos. During their stay allowed us to have many conversations with them about their personal faith and experiences - one of which is being a Christian living in an Islamic country. The most meaningful time during their stay was on a Sunday night. That day we had lost electricity throughout the city which lasted into the night. We came home to a dark house after attending a reception at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. We were not able to turn on our television as we usually do when we walk into the house. I had to light a candle just so we could see. It was hot so we all decided to go out to the screened-in porch where there was a cool breeze. We spent the next two hours just talking about our hopes and dreams for the future as a partnership church. We talked about building on our friendship and working together. (There is strength in numbers.) We have to look beyond our own personal circumstances and find a way to be that one Ray of Hope and Light for the thousands of refugees coming across the Sahara Desert.

We have the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of many refugees. As they travel across the desert with hopes and dreams for a better life, we have the ability to help with their spiritual and physical needs just like Jesus did while he was on earth. His promise give us all hope.

Prayer: Dear Lord, give us a heart like yours that we may share your love and compassion to those in need. Amen

Doris Cessna