Date: Tue, December 31
Mission Partner: Mission Board, written by Chad Holtz, board member
Scripture: John 13: 12 – 15
“After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.”
Imagine yourself in a garbage dump in Juarez, Mexico with a team of fellow Hope missionaries serving the poorest of the poor in Mexico for a week. Some people from your team brought about 50 pairs of shoes to distribute and you are sitting on a dirt road surrounded by hundreds of people who are in desperate need of those shoes. One by one you try them on the children, some you can help, some you cannot, but all are appreciative and greet you with a smile and hug and a timid “gracias” whether you had a pair of shoes their size or not.
Now imagine yourself in South Africa, working with “Hopesters” and Blessman Ministries staff, and, quite literally, on your knees washing the feet of the needy and fitting them with shoes obtained through a partnership with Samaritans Feet.
These images may make some people uncomfortable or think, “I could never do that”. These are real examples of some of Hope’s Missionaries literally living out the example that Jesus set for us to “wash” one another’s feet. And if you ask those that participated, they may very well tell you they never imagined doing that either – but, they did. And you can, too.
Not everyone who reads this will go to Juarez, or South Africa, and you may never actually wash the feet or try shoes on someone in need – that’s not the point. The question is, as we start a new year, how can we re-commit ourselves to follow what Jesus has instructed us to do?
Jesus, our teacher, Lord, and Savior became the servant, so much so that he actually washed the feet of the disciples. West Des Moines, Johnston-Grimes, Ankeny, Des Moines, any of the suburbs, the state of Iowa, throughout the country, or around the world – what can we commit to do in 2014 to put ourselves in a servant role to those who need it? Hope has many mission partners that could use whatever time, talent, ability you have.
“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”