Letter from Thomas Kemper
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Holy Week is a time of deep reflection as we journey with Jesus to the cross. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.” It is a solemn week in which we reflect on the events that led Jesus to a violent death on the cross.
During this holiest of weeks, we see many events around the world that cause our hearts distress. This past weekend, tornadoes devastated portions of the United States. Our brothers and sisters in Japan continue to be in our thoughts following the March earthquake and tsunami. We are in prayer over the situations in Côte d’Ivoire and Libya.
Yet, even in the midst of these terrible and catastrophic situations, we continue to affirm hope, new life, and resurrection amidst destruction.
I invite you to read and think about the stories of hope and resurrection in this issue of connectNmission. They cover prevention of sexual and domestic violence, improvement of access to water and sanitation, and a web course on the intersection of faith and immigration.
As we continue our journey with Jesus to the cross, we know that his story ends in victory over death! It is my prayer during this Holy Week that you experience the victory the leads to Resurrection—for we are an Easter people! May God continue to bless all that you do as we build the Kingdom here on earth!
General Board of Global Ministries