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Jessica’s story

Jessica told us her story in the barren, cramped home where she welcomed us in San Pedero Sula, Honduras. … the story of what happened to her and her children as they attempted to flee the poverty, violence and hopelessness of her country. … she struggles with how she will feed her family every day and keep them safe from the nearby gangs.  Then she talked about her faith, about a God who walks with her, who knows poverty, who will never leave her. … Her children made big hearts on red construction paper during our conversation. Inside the cards they wrote love letters and handed them to us, with hugs, on the way out the door.  It was Valentine’s Day.

The Rev. Stephen P. Bouman, ELCA


Journaling through the ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving devotional,  http://elca.org/40days.

To what are you profoundly devoted?

Notes inspired by Bishop Mike Rinehart’s sermon at the ELCA-Gulf Coast Synod Assembly in 2014

Acts 2:42-47  (NRSV)

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.