Emmanuel, God’s Presence

By Brandon Stanley of Thompsonville, Illinois, USA

He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.”  Luke 10:34–35

My most-intense experiences as a World Service Corps volunteer took place at the Adela De Leon School in Cartagena, Colombia. I taught English to eager, fifth-grade students. We shared everything: language, games, songs, stories, dances, and poems.

The children saw far more than my skin color.

Though poor, they often expressed generosity and unconditional love by offering me their sandwiches or a bracelet. I felt God’s presence every day. At the end of my stay, the students from each class wrote letters.

The messages from these new friends made it clear I had achieved my goals of creating mutual respect and inspiring understanding.

Your generous contributions to World Mission Tithes provide missionary outreach such as World Service Corps’ ministry without borders. Thank you for giving generously.

Prayer for Peace:

Universal God, as we learn of the wonderful differences between the Earth’s people, may our love grow for one another. May we be as good Samaritans to the stranger. As we discover our common ground, may we use it as a bridge for building peace.

Spiritual Practice:

An important spiritual practice for disciples is praying for members of the body of Christ, particularly those who carry leadership responsibilities. Ask God to guide your awareness to persons who lead the community of faith at congregational, mission center, and World Church levels.

See or sense these persons and ask for insight into any particular physical, emotional, or spiritual needs they may have. Pray for God’s outpouring of grace on each servant leader who comes to mind.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will sing songs, read stories, and dance dances of another country.

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