Week 7 - Easter/Reflection

Your Easter probably looked different this year. My Easter looked different. But Easter is still Easter. Jesus is still risen. God is still sovereign. And for that I am most grateful!

I am also grateful for you. Thank you for joining me for Lent and engaging in reflection on the many aspects of the incredible love of Christ! It's been an honor to journey with so many of you through the deep themes we've discussed. When we planned this campaign we had no idea that it would land right in the middle of a pandemic. Thank you for staying the course and learning more about girls who are facing poverty. Thank you for praying for her!

I want to know Christ — yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. — Philippians 3:10-11, NIV

During these past few weeks we have not only learned about these young women in poverty, but we have seen those around us struggle. Struggling financially, fighting for health, or even facing the disappointment of life interrupted. Whenever we walk through suffering we grow in empathy. As we encourage one another and pray for one another I think, in a way, we participate in the suffering of Christ. Our hearts hurt when we understand the realities of poverty. Our hearts hurt for the sick, the exhausted and those who do not have the hope of Jesus. When we choose to see what He sees, we can love like He loves.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 8:9-10, NIV

I am so thankful that suffering opens our eyes and hearts. Sacrifice stretches us. Hope grows us, and redemption sets us free. Keep growing and doing good! I'm trusting God for freedom for you and freedom for her!

One more thing...

I hope you enjoyed getting to know some women of the Bible and the great love of Jesus and learning about girls in our world who are facing and overcoming the obstacles of extreme poverty. I know the realities are hard to see, but we must. These young women are inspiring!

If you too are inspired by the stories of girls living in poverty, there is something you can do to help. Sponsor a girl facing unimaginable challenges and take part in writing her new story today.

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Happy Easter!

In this together,

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. — Isaiah 1:17, NIV