This past week I led a seminar at the Light and Salt center for the teachers on self image. A lot of the boys at the center are recovering from malnutrition so as a result they are smaller. The point of this specific seminar was to discuss different ways the teachers could encourage the boys with their self image and point out the ways they are already working on it- playing sports every week and providing healthy meals. But in addition, the Lord led me to speak on something much different and something very pressing on my heart.I strongly believe that one of biggest wars satan is waging is on the family unit; he’s trying everything he can to divide humanity. This scheme is being executed by removing the head of the family or the spiritual leaders. Men everywhere are leaving wives or girlfriends resulting in single parent families. This is rampant in Nicaragua and is also a part of my testimony. Ten years ago when I was beginning my freshman year of high school, my father left my family causing a deep brokenness in our family unit but also in my life. There’s a certain thing little girls need from their fathers- love, attention and devotion, and when it’s not given, girls will go anywhere to find it. Like the song says, I was looking for love in all the wrong places. Obviously I came up dry because I can only obtain this from one place and mend brokenness from the source of life, and that’s Jesus Christ himself. With all this to say, wives need husbands in their lives and girls need their fathers.The coolest part of this center is their focus on boys in the community, and when I heard this would be our ministry for the month I was really excited. This center is so important in the discipleship they are doing with the boys and teaching of the Word but there is something so important going on at this center that may not be seen by supporters or even the teachers. They are raising up future spiritual leaders and men that will respect women and their daughters.Men that trust so deeply in the Lord they will flee from satan’s temptations of alcohol, drugs and infidelity. They are molding boys into men who find their identity solely in the Lord and not this world. I personally want my sons brought up the way these boys are being taught; this is a generation of boys growing up to stay with their families and lead them. Light and Salt is doing their part to restore the family unit and fight the good fight.
“Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27
I cannot write anything about Light and Salt ministries without first quoting this verse. For me this is the match for the candle, the engine for the boat. I can’t read this and ignore it. I can’t read this and not change. But here I am in resource rich northern B.C. Canada, raising eight children while my husband grows a small business. I have to say I don’t run into a lot of recognizable widows and orphans on the streets of Fort St. John, but I still feel compelled by these words. And I am more than aware that the “social safety nets” that we enjoy in Canada are simply non-existent in most of the world. Supporting Light and Salt ministries means I get to put James 1:27 into action in my life! This is exciting! There are many ministries clambering for our attention but Light and Salt ministries stood out to me as a very grass roots ministry. It has been inspiring to watch Tara move from the comforts of Canada into unfamiliar territory, meet Alex and be in ministry together. In a climate of need and poverty Light and Salt offers hope, meeting both practical and spiritual voids. To me this is exciting kingdom work that I am thankful to be a part of!
LASM ministry as I see it is a mission not only to Nicaragua , changing the lives and futures of many young and old, but it is also a ministry to us to are here at home. Every time Tara has a challenge or steps out to obey the Lord in a new way, she shares with us how we need to help. I have shared in her answers to prayer and miracles from thousands of miles away and it has changed me.Tara and her group are truly global missionaries. We are the body of Christ, working together.
Working with Light and Salt Ministries gives us the opportunity to directly and personally help the needy of Nicaragua and helps us be our better selves. Together we build.