Resurrected Hope

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

One of the more courageous things the Apostle Paul ever said was, ” There is no longer Jew nor Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28). In a world that still persists to label by race, economic status, and gender, these are words that still turn things upside down. Many who heard Paul state these words which ruptured the status quo and tore down barriers had to feel threatened. Historically, those who proclaim such things- from Jesus to Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr., the world has not treated the messenger of such proclamation well.

At Gods Grace this weekend, we have the opportunity to host The Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti (RDTH). The authors of the promotional materials for the group say, ”Once considered to be of no value, street orphaned or enslaved, they now share their lives of redemption and resurrection through art, music, and dance. They have a powerful story to tell, that with God, all things are possible”. If you have not been to Haiti, I hope one day you get a chance to go. You will be changed not because of what you do or even give. Haiti serves to transform all who are hosted there, because as my good friend Pastor Rick Barger says, “We need Haiti and its people more than they need us.”

We need Haiti because through the Haitian people we see those who could easily be considered "lesser than” becoming human beings of resurrected hope. The dancers that you will see on Sunday have been shaped by the good news of Jesus that will not allow them to live a life under a label that casts them as something “lesser than “. They are a people who have faced adversity and gone to the other side with deeper faith in the resurrected Jesus than they had before.

Please be sure to come and see the dancers as they perform this Saturday night at 7pm (along with Blue Latitude) at Rock Canyon High School.

RDTH will also be with us for a short period of time on Sunday morning in worship. Maya, a former slave in Haiti, who is now a leader providing care to the orphaned, will also be speaking. Please give prayerful consideration to what Jesus might do through you, as you participate in the Haitian culture this weekend. Walls will come down- you will not be left the same. Jesus will bring you into the midst of resurrection good news, “For all are one in Christ Jesus.”

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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