July 26, 2018
Many of us have heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
This proverb exists in many different African languages. It reflects the emphasis African cultures place on family and community. The scriptures express this same value when we read about welcoming the stranger and how every part of the body is needed and necessary for the community to function.
We certainly have lived the “it takes a village” proverb in so many ways in the life of ERUCC over these past months. It has taken our every hand and every gift to get to the place where we will soon be in our new space. (BTW, the kitchen passed inspection yesterday.) It took a village of monetary gifts and all kinds of the work done by our members and friends painting, installing cabinets, replacing ceiling tiles and so much more to get us to this place.
Tuesday was an awesome work day with our youth and the German youth moving dishes and other items from storage into our new kitchen. What a huge gift.
It certainly has taken a village to welcome our German partners. I so appreciate the adults who have served as chaperones, the gracious hospitality offered by our host families, the many who have contributed good and funding for our trips, and the prayers of the congregation.