This Little Light of Mine
This Little Light of Mine
I'm gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
By Mike Meyer-Veen
Amie Hausmann traveled to Jamaica on a family vacation and came back with more than good memories. God put a love for the people in her heart, and a calling on her life to share her faith through acts of service.
Amie is an active participant at Schoharie Reformed Church, which was blessed to send 10 people on a mission team with the generous support of many people from the community, the church, and especially the Synod Ministries Board of the Regional Synod of Albany. The team, including men and women from retirement age to high school grads, traveled to Whitehouse, Jamaica, and led a vacation Bible school for 40 children, as well as doing some light construction.
Our VBS was themed “This Little Light of Mine,” based on the popular children’s song. We wanted to share with the kids that they were made special, and that God desired the light of God’s love to shine in their hearts and lives. We also wanted to let them know that God had a special purpose for them, and that when each of our lights shine we can change the world no matter who we are, where we come from, what we look like, or what we have. Together we discovered through songs (many of them from Camp Fowler), interactive Bible stories, lessons, and games, how to truly let our lights shine. During the final evening celebration of our VBS we passed out glow sticks to the kids and had a closing worship service together with their families. Together we all sang “This Little Light of Mine” a final time and truly let our lights shine!
Throughout our 10 days in Jamaica, as we attempted to bless the children and the people of Whitehouse, we continually found ourselves blessed as well. During our times of group sharing we found ourselves deeply impacted by their sense of community and caring for one another, by their sincere expressions of faith, and also by their continual sense of joy even though they lived with far less than we did. Yet amid the culture there is also a temptation towards hopelessness by some in the area, as job opportunities are few and far between, and the will to work struggles as well.
Many of our team members described their experience as “once in a lifetime” and “life changing.” Blessed to be a blessing. Please keep the people and especially the children of Whitehouse, Jamaica, in your prayers, as well as the church and its continued ministry in that community. As our own sanctuary continues to slowly move towards its rebuilding following Hurricane Irene, we are truly grateful for the generous support of the Albany Synod Ministries Board. You not only blessed the children and people of Jamaica through your generous support, but you also helped our own church congregation continue to help its own light shine beyond our community as we were.
Mike Meyer-Veen is copastor of Schoharie Reformed Church in New York.