Let Your Light Shine

Jesus told his closest friends, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (Mk 16:15)  “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Mt 5:16)

We are called to bring good news of God’s unconditional love to the world. Just like a city set on a high place cannot be hidden, so too, our actions are seen by all.  Our good deeds must shine for all to see so that they can glorify, not ourselves, but God.

During the 2014-15 school year, students will be learning about various parts of the world that are in need of light.  That may sound like a strange focus for a school year, but the lack of light can really be devastating during a storm or simply during the night. The presence of light can make all the difference in the everyday lives of people.

“Watts of Love” is a global solar lighting nonprofit committed to empowering the poorest of the poor in the darkest regions of the world. They believe that safe and sustainable solar light is the fastest route out of poverty for the 1.6 billion men, women and children living in darkness once the sun goes down. That’s because light provides so much more than the mere ability to see—it’s an instrument of HOPE for those who need it most. We will be trying to be an instrument of hope to others this year.

The “light” is something that helps us to see -or- God’s unconditional love…it doesn’t seem to matter. Both bring hope to a world that desperately needs more light.  The school year is an opportunity to bring light into the world in many ways.

During each month, students will discover the need for light in various parts of the world: September – Lesotho; October – Dominican Republic/Haiti; November -TBA; December – Honduras; January – Tanzania; February – Brazil; March – Ethiopia; April – United States; May – Philippines.

 

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