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The Hidden Word

Many things thus far have stood out to me in India; the atmosphere that lingers with humidity, palm trees, constant horn beeping, bright colors, the immense amount of people and wonderful smiles. But what stands out among the city like a beacon of light is the CEM campus. With all my travels around third world countries there is nothing so far that I have encountered that has been this successful to bring hope and light to the orphans and widows. As you walk through the gates you see lives that are cared for, provided for and cultivated to fit a life of discipline. A prime example is chapel that occurs morning and evening. It begins with praise/worship, prayer, and then a scripture from the bible. Even though this is an awe inspiring sight to see, my initial reaction was to wonder if it was just a religious routine that they had to do. But immediately, I was reminded of the vast importance of having a disciplined life of reading the bible daily, and memorizing scripture. This is something I have struggled with daily in my faith walk. What a privilege it is for the children to become disciplined in knowing the Word now.

This new year for me has brought the challenge in memorizing two scriptures a month. It has been amazing to see how God has provided the many opportunities to use His truth with myself and others. During Monday night chapel, as we were sitting during the worship, Greg came to us and said, “Ok who can do devotion right now? We all looked around and started pointing to each other. In that few long seconds, I was quickly reminded of the Ephesians 3:18 verse that I was currently memorizing. I was reminded of the truth about how wide, long, deep and high God’s love was for all of us, and I found that my hand went up to volunteer. It was truly amazing how I got to share, that over my life I’ve experienced more and more how much God loves me. He has sown that love in me, so that I could demonstrate the same love through my serving opportunities to almost twenty countries, in four continents. I encouraged the children to see God’s love in this way, so that we could all love others with this same love!

The next day, we headed through the neighborhoods to show Christ’s love in a tangible way, by picking up the garbage that litter the streets. One of the boys came up to me and said “you, a serving heart”. And I was amazed as he listed some of the countries that I have been to. The next comment touched my heart, and humbled me. “You, Jeanette are Mother Theresa”. Wow! If he only knew, how far off that statement was. But the truth is, is that he actually was showing the same love because he was serving and helping cleaning his home of India. As we continued to clean, several girls from the streets came along to help too. Some of the CEM girls were having a hard time with them helping us. I was quick to remind them of Jesus’ love and how we need to show that to everyone. It was amazing to see how all of them later on were holding my hand, mixed together with much better attitudes!

Through conversations with Jessica and Chris M., I realized the importance of being disciplined to study the truth in His word, so that I could hide it in my heart, and use it later. Without that I wouldn’t have been able to share so quickly what He has been doing in my life. The children at CEM are definitely at an advantage. There life isn’t religious at all; in fact they are blessed beyond measure.

In Him, Jeanette

I have hidden your word in my heart,that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your principles. I have recited all the laws you have given us. I have rejoiced in your decrees as much as in riches. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your principles and not forget your word.

Psalm 119: 11-16

One Response to “The Hidden Word”

  • Aren’t the kids amazing, Jeanette?! It is amazing that even though there is the language barrier sharing love, kindness and God is global and speaks volumes.

    I am so glad to hear from the 2 posts that the “cleaning up” around the city was so positive!

    Sending prayers and love your way.