As I write this column, this last week has been a horrifying one for the people of Haiti. On January 12th, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near its capital city, Port-au-Prince. Days later, there is no final figure on how many people have been killed or injured, and in fact, a few have been found alive in recent days, beneath the rubble. The horrific images bring to mind the days after our own country’s tragedy, that of September 11th, 2001, when sounds could be heard beneath the debris of New York City’s World Trade Center for days following.
With the exception of only a few negative voices following tragedies like these, I am always touched by the generosity of people around the world who immediately jump into action to provide for the hurting. They volunteer their time, money, and prayers to support and love those who are in deep need.
I find that I am very thankful for the support I receive from family and friends, not only in times of greater need, but in the every day times of my life. Over the last few months, I have sensed the need for the women of our church family to better connect with each other, to support each other, to pray for each other, and to study God's Word and simply be there for each other.
As our friends struggle with their health or finances or relationships, it is up to us to step in to support one another with our prayers and our presence. Beginning Monday, February 8th, I am starting a women’s Bible study and prayer group at Orenco, and all women are invited to join me from 10:00 to 11:30 am. To begin, we’ll look at an insightful and heartfelt study on prayer and meditation. We’ll also take time each week to connect with one another and to pray for each other. It is my hope that in this way we can support those who are hurting or sick, connect with those in our community we don’t know very well, and grow in our faith together. I also hope that as we grow as a group, we will reach out to others in need beyond our church walls and pray and provide for mission projects with great need.
This is a new opportunity for you to connect with other women in our church. It is my prayer that you will join me on Mondays as we seek to glorify God and serve him and his children …
In Christ, Rachel