In HOPE 10.15

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David Timms


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What do church pastors and leaders (of all ages) need most from their education -- knowledge, skills, and personal formation?

We're reviewing our curriculum here at Hope International University and I'd love to see your bullet-list of the top 5-10 needs.

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Prayer for Today

Father, how often I seek applause for the smallest of things. How often I claim some "title to glory," for victories, achievements, or efforts that I deem worthy of recognition. How proud I am! Yet, to live the way of Jesus requires a radical shift in my heart. May Your Spirit challenge my self-absorption today and guide me in the Way of humility, self-denial, and surrender ... to Your glory, and Yours alone. Amen.




Humble Heroes

She died on May 12, 2008 at 98 years of age, and relatively few of us know her inspiring story.

Yes ... in 1983 the Israeli Supreme Court confirmed her as one of the Righteous among the Nations. Yes ... in 2003 she received a personal letter from Pope John Paul II and then Poland's highest civilian decoration, the Order of the White Eagle. Yes ... in 2007 she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. But have you heard of Irene Sendler? 

Born in Poland, Irena Sendler joined the Zegota resistance movement that opposed the Nazis during World War II. Along with some two dozen other Zegota members, Sendler saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. She would enter the Ghetto as a Nazi-approved social worker to check for signs of typhus, then conceal small children in boxes, suitcases, and trolleys and smuggle them out of the Ghetto. Outside, she provided the children with false documents and sheltered them in safe places.

Sendler herself was not a Jew.

In 1943, the Gestapo arrested Sendler, severely tortured her, and sentenced her to death. Members of the Zegota saved her by bribing German guards on the way to her execution. She spent the remainder of the war in hiding.

Remarkably, she made lists of the real names and the new identities of the children in the hope that after the war she might be able to reunite them with their families. She hid these lists of names in jars that she buried, though after the war she found that almost all of the parents had perished at the Treblinka extermination camp or gone missing.

This quiet, humble Catholic woman sought no glory. She did not consider her efforts to be heroic. Reflecting on her work with and for Jewish children, she once said: “Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory."

Her life stands as a stark contrast to the glory-seeking, attention-grabbing, self-asserting ways of our day. Humble heroes have a way of humbling us by their sheer example.

But Irene Sendler, a Roman Catholic, had a humble hero who motivated her -- Christ himself.

Therefore, "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross.... Consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart." (Hebrews 12:2-3) 

May we forsake the vain pursuit of personal glory and embrace the way of Jesus in our own lives.





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David Timms serves in the Graduate Ministry Department at Hope International University in Fullerton, California. "In HOPE", however, is not an official publication of the University and the views expressed are not necessarily those of the Administrators or Board. "In HOPE" has been a regular e-publication since January, 2001.