As women in ministry, we must reach out because we have been raised up by God to do so; we must lift up our eyes and see the new harvest in our neighborhood. Carolyn Custis James, in her book Half the Church, says, “God created his daughters to be kingdom builders—to pay attention to what is happening around us, to take action and contribute. … this is how God’s kingdom advances.” And helping women and children immigrants in our communities is a great way to build the kingdom.
The gospel challenges us with the task of reaching out to our immigrant neighbor. Let’s love her through our prayers and serve her in practical ways as she adapts to her new surroundings. As a result, may she come to believe in the Son and find eternal life.
Ilona Hadinger, together with her husband and youngest child, live in Mexico, where they have served as missionaries among ethnic and indigenous people groups for nearly 20 years. A member of the Redbud Writers Guild and an award-winning photographer, she blogs and posts photos at www.ikhadinger.com.