I am pleased to welcome Jeremy Stanley this week. Jeremy is a storyteller at heart. From the Hollywood Hills to a leper colony in Kenya, everyone has a story to tell. Having spent many years in the film & television industry in Los Angeles, Jeremy’s focus and passion is now exposing injustice and sharing stories of hope and redemption around the world.
It’s easy to find despair in the darkness. It envelops you. It overwhelms you. You hear stories of children being murdered in the streets. Of little girls losing their innocence and prostituting themselves at desperately young ages. t is easy to lose hope and let the darkness blind you.
There have been two successive verses of Scripture that have provided an incredible amount of clarity and joy for me this year.
‘In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.’ (John 1:4-5)
This scripture has been a revelation to me this year. I look at the work that Hope Unlimited is doing, how they are loving the least of these, how they are providing a future and a hope for these kids that have been forgotten, that are destitute, that are enveloped by the darkness.
His life, Jesus’ life, was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness HAS NOT overcome it. The staff of Hope Unlimited are carrying the light of Jesus into the darkness. They are shining His light into the alleys, into the slums, into the deep shadows of despair, of feelings of worthlessness, even of impending death.
If you want the good news of the Gospels, this is good news. While at times all can seem lost, the darkness has not and will not overcome the light. I hear the stories of these children and I burst with hope. Can you see it? Can you see the light eradicating the darkness? Can you feel the despair flee? The despair crawl away? Because I can. I see it in the eyes and the smiles of the children of Hope Unlimited. To spend a day with them is to see the light of Christ bursting forth.
There is a great hope in Brazil. The light is bursting forth and the darkness is fleeing. Because Light breathes Hope.