“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about these things.”
In these days of uncertainty, fear and worry, we need to hear the good news of how God cares for us and our world. We are encouraged by the goodness in people as they help others during this pandemic. Although much of our concern is for our families, friends, church and community, we need to be reminded that this disease affects people all over the world. I am hopeful that we will all be protected and healed by our loving God. In our recent visit to Tanzania, the Sheridan team had the joyful experience of visiting schools and greeting the students who were given scholarships by the kind and caring people of Sheridan. These young men and women now have the opportunity to continue their education and have the hope for a brighter future. They are grateful and so are we. Good news…
A highlight of our trip was sharing learning activities for two incredible days at Nuru Primary School. We read and acted out stories, created projects and paintings, sang songs and danced to the beat of a drum. “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and “Abiyoyo” became the chats of happy children each day. It was a joyful time of “Hakuna Matata” (Swahili for no troubles, no worries).
Little did we know at the time, that the trouble of the coronavirus was going to bring worry to the world. We were grateful to return home, just in time for social distancing, masks and fear. During these past weeks, we have been concerned and prayerful for our own families and friends, but also for our brothers and sisters in Tanzania. Schools have been closed and the people are doing the best that they can to avoid the virus, but they do not have the medical care and support that we have here in our country. When we communicate with them, sending our love and prayers, they respond with their love and prayers for us. They continue to inspire us with their faith and hope in God. And on safari we saw how the animals survive and thrive in nature, with no worry about the future. We need to do the same. Good news…
We hear the stories of how the earth is healing and how people are growing in love and kindness. This gives us hope for our own healing and growth as we learn how to live a “new normal” with our church during the coming weeks. I look forward to a new life in a better world.
Thank you for being with us, guiding and guarding us in this difficult time. Help us to know that you are always with us and we will get through this by having faith and hope in you and love for each other. Thank you for all your blessings, today and always.
Written by Judy Sorensen
Judy Sorensen is a member of the Sheridan Women’s Ministry Team. She is a long time member of Sheridan and is involved with Tanzanian missions, Grace Group, Women’s Circle and the Music Ministry, as a worship leader. Judy is a retired kindergarten teacher with Lincoln Public Schools and also worked with Opportunity Education.
She loves to travel to experience different countries and cultures. She enjoys spending time with family, friends and her little dog, Bella. She and her husband, Rocky, who passed away in June of 2017, have four married children and five granddaughters, who are the joy of her life. She feels so blessed to be a part of the Sheridan community.