Who were the people that you met? We met the residents and staff at Ray of Hope, their teachers in the school. Local pastors and pastors wives. We worked closely with Michael and Ceci Tesh as well as John and Habona Kisamwa. These will be ongoing connections for future ministry teams.
How did your mission experience impact your life and faith? For me personally, knowing the children and staff at ROH and being a small part of that ministry has allowed me to process my grief over the death of my husband. Before his death he had heard Michael and Ceci Tesh speak at Kernersville Moravian Church in Kernersville, NC and was so impressed with their ministry that he left money to be used for the ministry of Ray of Hope. I promised him that I would see to it that it was spent to expand that ministry. I have been able to act on a call to missions that I experienced years ago as a teenager, but that lay dormant for decades as I busied myself with the tasks of being a wife, mother, and pastor. The whole experience has deepened my faith, broadened my world view, and enabled me to experience the love of God and community with a group of believing children in a remote part of our planet. I am astounded that God has been preparing me all through my life for this ministry! From growing up on a small farm in Eastern NC, going off to college, meeting the love of my life, graduating from seminary, and spending 35 years as a clergy couple, retiring from ministry, moving our membership to a Moravian congregation; to finding myself a widow, in my 60’s traveling to a distance land and rediscovering that I still have skills and a ministry to offer.