Friday, February 8, 2013
‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ... “And, who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:27,29)
Neighbor is a big word. A neighbor might be the stranger sitting next to you on the bus, or the entire country that shares a border with your own. Yet, there is something familiar, responsible even, when we refer to someone as our neighbor. Viewing someone as your neighbor creates relationship. It moves that person (or country) from a 'them' to a part of 'us.' My neighbor. Our Neighbor. We are neighbors.
At its heart, 1013 Missions is about relationships. It's about being friends with, and responsible for, the people in our global neighborhood. It has meant spending time getting to know people- by face, by name, through shared experience. And it means sharing those relationships, introducing friends, advocating for help.
One of our great joys has been introducing our Haitian friends to our American friends and watching relationships blossom and grow. We've been the international couriers for pictures and letters filled with prayers. We've seen video chats in broken English & Kreyol. We've seen friendship bridge very different worlds. Its beautiful.
And, now we have the great pleasure in seeing relationship going to the next level. This month, we celebrate and welcome our first 'Mission Resident' Jacqueline Arellano.
Jack has been traveling to Haiti for 2 years, and has felt called to learn better how to 'love others as herself' by spending a month immersing herself in Haiti. During her stay, Jack is helping with some 1013 projects, but more importantly is spending time with the people in our community. She is meeting her neighbors: she is hosting a party, she's visiting their homes, she's going to their church. This month is sure to produce many challenges for Jack, the realities of poverty and need and desperation take on new meaning when they are a part of your neighbor's life. And, she'll be missing her closest neighbor (her husband, Obe), her family, and friends. But, God has called her to know these neighbors, and to love them as she loves herself. Jack has obediently and humbly answered that call, and we are honored to have her as a partner. Please join us in praying for Jack's journey, and take a few minutes to read her reflections on her month in Haiti on her blog http://jacksjourneytohaiti.blogspot.com/