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Letting our lights shine

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Matthew 5:13

The children’s home we are staying at is called Little Lights. Over the past two weeks, we have seen that the kids here have so much potential to shine the light of Christ in the world.

The parents or grandparents of each of the kids living here are being treated for leprosy, which carries a negative stigma and would cause these kids to be marginalized along with their parents. But here at Little Lights children’s home, they are receiving care and an education. One day they will be able to support both themselves and their parents and actively work to change the negative stigma that comes with leprosy.

Last Sunday, Mackenzie, one of my team mates, gave an empowering message to the kids about being the light of the world. We gave each of them a glow-in-the-dark star as a physical reminder of their significance as the light of the world.

Now, our last night at Little Lights has arrived. We are having a dance party with all the kids and staff, complete with glow sticks.

With the lights off, the twenty girls who live here move to the front of the room, glow sticks in hand. We watch as they begin to sing and dance to “This Little Light of Mine.” The power of this moment fills each of us with emotion.

These kids are so full of the love and joy of Christ. Each of them have dreams for the future. And we know that as each of them move forward to fulfill these dreams, they will each shine this light to everyone around them.

by Chloe, DTS student