Jesus said: “I am the light of the world.” John 8:12
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Trinity!
Wow. I honestly can’t believe it. January marks one year since joining this community and serving God alongside you.
Boy, has it gone by fast! It’s been wonderful to witness Christ’s light through you and the many ways that Trinity is shining God’s vision in the Valley.
When I first felt drawn to Trinity, I was hoping for an opportunity to grow as a Christian public leader in the world. Part of that was the chance to learn from other Spirit-filled colleagues and staff (which has been AMAZING). But the other part of that for me was about getting outside of my comfort zone and experiencing God’s light in new ways.
At the Synod Assembly in May, the director of the Bega Kwa Bega Tanzania Companionship shared this eye-opening fact: “The average Christian in the world today is under 30, female, and lives in sub-Saharan Africa.”
He also lifted up a Leadership Summit opportunity to intentionally connect pastors from the Iringa Diocese with our synod—to learn from each other, deepen relationships, and grow in a global sense of our shared role in God’s mission.
What I didn’t realize at that time about Trinity was just how many amazing stories of faith forming ministry and transformation had happened alongside God’s people in Tanzania.
God’s light and love has been connecting Stillwater to Iringa in powerful ways for many years.
After talking with Pastor Chris, the Council, our Outreach Missions Team, and versed travelers, I applied and was accepted to join the Clergy Leadership Summit in Iringa.
From the end of January to mid-February, our group will be immersed in conversation and discernment about Christ’s love and light in our world.
While this really will be a huge stretch for me and our family, I couldn’t have imagined this opportunity before coming to Trinity. It’s not only a chance to connect with other colleagues around the world, but to see what God is doing anew here as well.
Thanks to those who have shared their stories and inspired me to take this leap of faith. Also, thanks to those who have helped sponsor this experience with their generosity.
Christ keeps calling us into light and love and I’m thankful to be serving, learning, and growing with you.
Thanks and Peace,