October 2019 In Touch Newsletter
Radiance in Action: Globally
It was a small, quiet moment, the kind that impacts the deepest. Cassidy Jones gently rocked a baby boy, gracing the child with a gesture of love that carried the power to change the course of his entire life. Months earlier, the infant had been abandoned in an open-pit latrine, only to be rescued by the nannies of Neema Village in Arusha, Tanzania. Since 2012, Neema Village has rescued over 200 babies, giving them another chance at life, the gift of being adopted by loving families.
Just as transformative is the experience of GreatHearts like Cassidy who volunteer at Neema. She had joined MorningStar at RidgeGate in 2018 and, like all new team members, took Radiance within her first weeks on the job. “Everything MorningStar teaches in this class clicked for me,” says Cassidy. “It promotes so much goodness and kindness, so much happiness. It flooded my heart with the idea that this is what I’ve always believed about how to live life.”
Overnight, her own young life changed. She researched orphanages in Africa, discovering Neema Village (which means “grace” in Swahili), and six months later sojourned alone to Tanzania. “I came away more grounded in the fact that to give love is the only path to fulfillment,” Cassidy says. It is a lesson borne of MorningStar’s radiant vision, and yet another stunning example of how, as a team, we are impacting the world for good.
Radiance in Action: Locally
The numbers are impressive: in a two-hour period, 80 volunteers working with the Christian non-profit Feed My Hungry Children packed 39,960 meals destined for El Salvador to feed children in need. But the impact of their labor is even more impressive. Exasperated by drug trafficking, El Salvador has the highest murder rate in Central America; consequently, the risk of gang recruitment for children is extreme. Feeding these children is a crucial first step in protecting them from a life of crime.
Among the volunteers were Gretchen Hartman, Life Enrichment Coordinator from MorningStar of Fountain Hills, and three of the community’s residents, Lyle, Wayne and Harold. The foursome had ventured to Feed My Starving Children’s office in Mesa, AZ, to help hand-pack meals for shipment to El Salvador. “We were so glad to help when we saw just how important these meals are to the children of El Salvador,” says Gretchen. “It’s truly humbling to serve this ministry.”
From Arizona to Tanzania, a radiant spirit is guiding MorningStar team members to reach out and elevate life for those most in need.