Recently I was given the privilege to go see Hillsong United play live at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington, with over 20,000 people in attendance. All of these people came from different places, in different cars, with all types of different backgrounds and denominations. They did, however, all come for one purpose, and that was to worship. On top of that, many people came to know Jesus, numerous children were sponsored through Compassion International, and efforts were made to increase awareness of sex trafficking.
This got me thinking about my past worship experiences, and in particular, my experiences in Burkina Faso and Italy on my mission trip over winter break.
When in Burkina, we went to a small church in the village of Rialo. It was a single room no bigger than an average American classroom. There were over 200 people inside of the small church and over 100 outside just trying to listen to the pastor and be part of the worship music (shown in picture). This is in a relatively small, unbelievably poor village in the outskirts of a city in western Africa. After the service, our group, local pastors, and local community leaders all met to talk about how to best bless the community.
In Rome, churches stand far above in beauty and stature over all other buildings. There people may be found worshipping all day long, whether in a marble cathedral or in a large tent on the outskirts of the city, as we did. These both give people a way to grow closer to their God in a way that can be suited to them.
This all brings me back to our beloved Lighthouse. We are a group that graciously accepts any and all with open arms, and welcomes them with good conversation, free pizza, and a love that cannot be explained without a loving God.
I believe all of these, and especially Lighthouse, have a beautiful place on God’s mission to heal the world.
The definition of darkness is the absence of light. In Matthew 5:14-16, during the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand that gives light to the whole house. So let your light shine before men, in such a way, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.”
I believe that in all of these examples, communities are blessed and light illuminates darkness. With passionate God following people all around the world, I think we truly do have the power to light the world. When darkness is most present, the tiniest of lights can make all the difference. In the same way that a single LED light on your computer or phone lights a room during the night, I think Lighthouse can be a light to the Puget Sound campus, whether through kindness, conversation, worship, a sermon, or a free slice of pizza.