Missions Week Ladies Event Recap
'UNFINISHED' - Missions Conference at Hope Church
Tuesday, February 9th
How easy it is to focus on only our daily lives. This small corner of the map that God has put us in. We may broadly say Northeast Ohio, but somedays (especially now during a pandemic) it may feel even smaller to just Brunswick or Medina or your neighborhood or (if you're like me) some days even just your house.
It is so helpful to have others lift our eyes and broaden our perspective.
This week as part of the Hope Church Missions Conference we had two missionary women join us to share their experiences and hearts. It was the first time that we hosted a 'hybrid' event with 23 ladies attending in person and 9 who joined from home via Zoom. This provided an opportunity for women to connect, while also allowing those who are most at-risk, unable to drive at night, or needed to be home to care for others to still participate.
First, we heard from Hazel who has been serving with her husband as missionaries in Japan for 36 years. The Japanese people have a practice to take broken vases and fix them to make something beautiful. The cracks will still be visible, but they'll be filled with gold decoration. Similarly, God can use our brokenness to make something beautiful. Hazel encouraged us to not hide, or be ashamed of our faults - but to give them over to be used for His glory. She shared three truths about broken people:
- Broken people recognize they need God.
- Broken people help broken people. Our experiences foster empathy.
- Broken people become tools of God's grace.