When I was back in the states I came across this song below by Addison Road. It has stuck with me and has been both a reminder and a declaration that I want to keep my little light shining. As we serve the community of Mole St. Nicholas, Haiti we have been deeply burdened by the abuse, prostituting of their children and slavery. I’d like you to read the latest blog that Jody has wrote that speaks great volumes to this and gives you a better glimpse of what we are facing. http://molehaiti.org/2012/10/18/no-more-stalling/
With all of it this song just resonates even more in my heart. I know that it continues to be a growing problem as statics are showing that there are 27 million who are enslaved by sex trafficking alone. We know that women and children alike are being held against their will for profit. The pornographic industry is thriving all around the world and in some countries including our own (USA) it is becoming more and more o.k. as we become desensitized to what we are watching and we see programming getting edgier. Even here in the Mole there is a place where these films are watched, as many crowd around an old set.
How can ones Light Shine when a moral standard is not here. In the states we raise all types of controversy for having the 10 commandments in our court houses. If you want to fight over this maybe you should decide to take a trip to Haiti!!! Then ask yourself if the 10 Commandments are so wrong. (Yes I am up on a soap box…figuratively speaking:>)
I knew when I chose to obey what the Lord wanted me to do that along the way there would be times like we have right now. I knew it would be hard. I knew it would be heartbreaking and that there would be times where I would throw my hands into the air and say God…what do I do? Show me the way. Do what seems impossible and make it possible. Lord…BE GLORIFIED THROUGH IT ALL!!!
This song translates it all and I am grateful and blessed to be called His child. I grateful and blessed that, like Caleb…if you read Jody’s blog:>) I have a different spirit. I am grateful and blessed that He uses me to share His story of Redemtion. I am blessed and grateful to walk this road together with the Castillo’s. I am blessed and grateful for NWHCM family. I am blessed and grateful for the struggles…for without the struggles we wouldn’t see God’s hand at work. I am blessed and grateful for the precious children for they are the generation that can change this community and even the country!!!
Pray for these precious children that they will grow in wisdom and stature and love the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul and strength.
How are you letting your Light Shine?
THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE—
This little flame inside a song…some shine bright and some shine small…The rains will come and the waters rise…but don’t you ever lose your light.
In this life you will know…love and pain, joy and sorrow…so when it hurts and when times get hard don’t forget who’s child you are.
This little light of mine…I’m gonna let it shine…this little light of mine…I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine.
May you live each day with no regret…make the most of every chance you get..let your eyes get wide when you look at the stars, with the same sense of wonder as a child’s heart…with the ones you love, treasure the time and for those who are gone keep their memories alive…hold onto your dreams, don’t ever let go, there’s a fire inside you burning with hope.
There will be days when you want to give up and the clouds settle in…but after the rain comes the sun don’t you ever forget…don’t forget…child don’t forget.
One day there will be no more pain and we will finally see Jesus face…so until then I’m gonna try to brave the dark and let my little light shine.
This little light of mine…I’m gonna let it shine…this little light of mine
(song by Addison Road)
These are candid pics from the kids free dancing to this song in the mornings. I can’t tell you how it warms my heart when I hear them singing these songs outside of class. The group pics were them trying to jump at the same time. I could never get them in the air:>) Their faces are priceless though!!!