“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.
Light and Salt Ministries has my heart. Why? First of all, I know one of the founders–Tara Germain! She grew up in our community in Northern BC, and I’ve seen her desire to help the less fortunate and to bring God’s love to others in a practical way.
Secondly, I believe whole-heartedly in the work that Tara and her husband Alex are doing to give disadvantaged boys a positive future. They are being given opportunities to develop skills and knowledge that will make a difference in their lives, their families’ lives, and in their communities. Tara and Alex began their program humbly and without fanfare; with only limited funds, they saw a need, reached out, and began their school program for boys in their own home. God has blessed, and the kids program, Infantil Tary & Warriors of Christ, have grown in staff members, number of students, and in the activities and educational programs that they offer to the boys and their families. And… the school is housed in its own facility.
The other arm of their ministry—The Pure Religion Program, also touches my heart as they extend a helping hand to the elderly & poor who are unable to provide for themselves. Weekly food packages, encouragement, and practical assistance such as home repairs or medical help are part of this “hands-on” ministry,
Tara and the ministry share often with their supporters and friends about the joys, blessings, frustrations, and needs of the ministry. Photos are posted of the boys and of all the activities happening there. Consequently, we feel a part of what is happening. We know what to pray for, what the specific needs are, and what to celebrate. As a ministry supporter, I feel blessed to have a small part in changing lives and bringing hope to the Nicaraguan people being touched by Light and Salt Ministries.
I had the privilege to visit Light and Salt Ministries when I visited Dario, Nicaragua in June 2015. The philosophy there matches, in my opinion, what Christianity should be to the world around us. It is an evangelical program, it is a discipleship program, and it is a practical skills program. How exciting to see God work in Dario, not just in the lives of these boys, but in the rest of the community for generations to come.