Today’s post is a Lenten devotional by Anna Goodworth from the Women of Vision chapter in Hartford, Connecticut. Women of Vision is a volunteer ministry of World Vision that equips women to serve impoverished and oppressed women and children worldwide.
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While on a Vision Trip to Mozambique with the Women of Vision Columbia-Willamette chapter in 2009, our team was struck by remnants of beautiful Catholic churches that had been destroyed through the 15-year civil war that ended in 1992.
These once-extraordinary structures, ornate with design, lost their walls to bombs, now housing only weeds. War killed, but the poverty and disease that continued to reign is what truly burned the hopes there. Only ashes remained.
Luckily, God springs life through ashes, and even death. Isaiah 58 was a passage that was familiar to many on the trip.
Yet when we were asked to give a devotional presentation for the World Vision staff in Mozambique, we saw this passage in a new way. We each presented a portion of the scripture and reflected on the amazing work we saw the World Vision staff giving their lives to. It went something like this:
6 – “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?”
Read this full Lenten devotional on the Women of Vision website.
Women of Vision is a volunteer ministry of World Vision, mobilizing and uniting women called to invest their time, intellect, compassion, creativity, and finances so that women and children living in poverty might find hope and experience a tangible expression of God’s love.
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