...He persevered because he saw him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:27
In this recent picture sent to me, you see no men or women. There are no
children running around nor are there the usual plethora of dogs
roaming the streets. It appears that everyone is invisible.
To be honest with you this is the way many of the women we lend money to feel, invisible.
They live in the back
ally ways of desert communities with no street signs, road markings or
numbers on their houses. They strive to make enough money (about $2.00 a
day) to feed their children and keep their home. Many have husbands or
families who have abandoned them and abandonment just feeds their belief
that they are invisible to the world.
But even though they do
not have street signs and house numbers they do have names for their
communities like, Prosperina, Mount Sinie, San Ignacio, San Benito and
Community is a wonderful thing and it conquers invisibility.
I believe that is one of our roles at The Lending Journey, "WE PROVIDE COMMUNITY" to make those that feel invisible, visible.
Even after we give a loan, we can see it in the eyes of the women we
lend money too. They are thankful for the loans but they are even more
thankful that someone has sought them out, found them and remembered
them. "Why?", they ask. And here is why we, at The Lending Journey truly
exist, that we may share the love of Christ both in word and deed. That
we, through the love of Christ in action, may appear to the lost, as
Christ in the flesh
I think we have all had
times where we have felt invisible. Whether it is the businessman living
on the road out of a suitcase, the teacher alone in her room after a
long day with the kids, the dad driving home from a long day at work
wondering at how crazy life is and does anyone recognize what he is
doing. The mom, who after everyone leaves in the morning, (and no thank
you provided for everything that she does) sits there alone and wonders
am I invisible?
No, feeling invisible is not just for those who live on the back roads of obscurity.
If you do feel invisible today might I recommend taking the time to meet
with someone in your community and allowing them the blessing of making
you feel visible. Also, never forget, the Father holds you in the palm
of his hand, always, always beside you and abiding with you.
When you support our
ministry, you may think that what you are doing is providing primarily a
financial need. What you are really doing is helping us create
Christian community where there is no community and helping women and
children feel visible.
and September of this year we want to provide you with an opportunity
to help women and children in Ecuador and Nicaragua to feel visible.
On June 22nd we are
having a 5K walk in the beaches of Toronto. Our board of directors,
their wives and children and friends will be walking along the beach as
Ash Bridges bay to raise money to support our women. We would love to
have you join us, (check out our face book page for details) and would
very much appreciate your support.
On Friday September
13th, we are having our first Annual Golf Tournament and would love to
have you join us for the day. Mr. Chuck Ealey, former quarterback for
the Hamilton Tigercats will be our speaker at dinner, so if you cannot
make it to golf, we would love to see you at dinner.
We could also use help
with hole sponsorships and door prizes for those who cannot be at the
event but would like to help us out.
So again, let me first
say thank you for your ongoing support and may I, on behalf of all those
who no longer feel invisible say bless you and thank you.