Lenten Meditation by Deborah Norton
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
These challenging words were read by Tim Spring, a pastor and AMOS Health and Hope board member, as part of an AMOS health promoter training session on leadership. Tim pondered what it would be like to have a line on one’s job description stating “Must be willing to die.” He asked if any of the health promoters, members of rural Nicaraguan communities, would be willing to die as a result of following their calling. Two hands shot up in the air in response–Isak, a young and enthusiastic health promoter, and Juan de Dios Blandon, an experienced worker who survived the war. He shared with us that a health promoter in his community had been assassinated during the revolution, so he had always been deeply conscious of the possibility that he would be asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.
As Holy Week draws to a close, may we make space to reflect upon those things in our lives that we are willing to die, and just as importantly, to live for.
Dr. Deborah Norton serves on the board of AMOS Health & Hope, which trains community leaders to provide basic medical care and training in their own rural villages throughout Nicaragua. This reflection was penned by Deborah following a recent board meeting and training session in Nicaragua.
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