This weekend we will honor our mothers — the women who have made a difference in our lives. We will celebrate the one who gave us life and the countless, often selfless, women who served as scout leaders, coaches, mentors, teachers and friends.
Recently, HOI and Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, NC sent an all-female mission team to serve in Fe y Esperanza, a village located in southern Honduras. They modeled “motherhood” by caring, loving, giving, teaching and praying with the families in the community.
Earlier this year, Forest Hill Church provided funding for a well. This all-female team installed the PVC pipe to carry water from the well to homes. As a result, 57 families in Fe y Esperanza now have water for household use and irrigating small family gardens. Prior to the well, the community had no running water. Their only viable option was to purchase bottled water in bulk, which came at a hefty cost. Now, they have access to water at a fraction of the cost.
Mothering, as these team members will tell you, is not for the faint of heart! After laboring several hours in the sun (temps in the 90’s), they held Bible School classes for children and women. As caring disciples of Christ, they took village children under their wings to share the joy and love of Jesus. They taught the women in the community about Jesus’ forgiveness and love of all people. They represented the hands and feet of Jesus as they modeled grace and compassion.
As we recognize and reflect on what it means to “mother,” let’s consider how God nurtures and cares for us. In a similar way, the women on this mission team brought life and compassion to the community. They enabled residents to receive water at their doorsteps for the first time; nurtured those who attended Bible classes; and they provided support and encouragement to one another during the week.
This weekend, as we honor those women who nurtured and encouraged us, let us remember and rejoice in those women who have made an impact in our world.
Shirley Erena Murray, a hymn lyricist from New Zealand, in her book Every Day in your Spirit, poetically asks “Who is my mother…” and tells us:
“All those who gather round Jesus Christ:
Spirit-blown people, born from the Gospel….
Bound by one vision, met for one mission,
we claim each other, round Jesus Christ,
Here is my mother…kindred in Spirit, through Jesus Christ.”
We thank you, Lord, for the women who have influenced our lives in so many ways. We pray that we will honor them in everything we do. Amen
HOI Missions Coordinator for Southern Honduras and Nicaragua