God is good. Relationships are being built. Kids at Light of the Village are smiling. And smiles seem simple; but with the life situation that these children are facing; seeing them smile and laugh is simply the best sight I’ve seen all week.
Of the homes in Prichard, Alabama 30% of them do not have electricity or running water!! Homes are half burnt and dilapidated. There are even barriers at the end of some of the roads to prevent this neighborhood from ‘spreading.’ Words truly cannot express the condition of Prichard. But in this same way, words cannot express some of the joy shared here at Light of the Village. Jesus brings hope…
Our students have been taking daily shifts loving and playing with the children here while still other students have been on our ‘work crew.’ Weeds are being pulled. Gardens being planted and it has been a beautiful picture of restoration.
Without trying to over-spiritualize this trip; I have been reminded of the Old Testament prophet Ezra when he returned, with some of his people, to Jerusalem. Here is what the bible says in Ezra 9 just as the prophet sees the temple in ruins:
But now for a brief moment favor has been shown by the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant and to give us a secure hold within his holy place, that our God may brighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our bondage. (Ezra 9:8 ESV)
In the midst of difficulty and strife, brokenness and hardship and apparent hopelessness; the prophet sees the ‘remnant’ of God’s grace. He does not see the rumble, the hopelessness but rather God’s grace. This place, Light of the Village, truly is a remnant, growing and brightening lives around the name of Jesus. God’s grace is being imparted in this place and I am just thankful to be a part. God is good.