Tears of sadness and loss give way to tears of joy

At St. Margaret’s we strive to build the body, equip the saints, and change the world. Sometimes our focus can be sharpened by looking in another direction and then turning back to our own efforts.

Here is a story from Nigeria as reported in The Nation: “A quality, national, newspaper with credible and dependable information. Not beholden to any interest group. Loyalty is to the nation.” [About The Nation]

The story:

Quote . . .Every year, people facing sundry challenges get help from a women group in Ebenezer Anglican Church, Nnewi, Anambra State. The Women of Ebenezer have picked up bills for the poor. They have sheltered a good number, and have given hope to many.

This year was the turn of Mrs Ezinwanne Onwuasoeze, a widow of over seven years. In the course of her widowhood, she lost a child, even as she struggled to raise her remaining three male children. All she had for shelter was a mud building surrounded by glitzy buildings of the rich. Then one day, the mud house collapsed following a heavy downpour.

Mrs Onwuasoeze wept, naturally, but when the Women of Ebenezer Anglican Church built her a three-bedroom bungalow, she wept again, for joy.

Read the rest of the story in: The Nation – Women group rehabilitates the poor. Picture from the article.

As you read this story from a Sister Church in Nigeria, come back to our work in the Coachella Valley and see it in a new light. Add your time and talent to our efforts to serve and to change the world beginning right here in the Coachella Valley.

Author: Daniel Rondeau

I am a husband and father and an Episcopal Priest (now retired) in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego.

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