“Thank you for washing our feet.”
Romans 10:15 (ESV): And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
In John 13:1-17 we read about Jesus washing his disciples’ feet in the Upper Room as he celebrated the Passover with them just before his death and resurrection. Jesus displayed his humility and servanthood doing something that usually only the lowliest of servants would do. He demonstrated that he came “not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) He provided an example to His disciples and to all of us believers who have followed of our role in the body of Christ – to serve one another in humility and love.
We don’t often wash other adults’ feet. In the winter our feet are bundled with heavy socks and warm boots, so it even seems impractical. I don’t like having my feet touched, so I don’t enjoy foot massages or pedicures. But I’ve found it moving to wash someone’s feet in a foot-washing at a conference, and I’m learning to appreciate having someone wash my feet as well.
Just this week we spent time with our brother Amos Aderonmu. He talked about the challenges and opportunities in South Sudan which continues to experience ethnic turmoil. We prayed together. One of the last things he said to us was “thank you for washing our feet” as we minister in South Sudan. “Pray for 2017 to be the year of peace in South Sudan.”
We at Hope Church have “washed their feet” and served them by being faithful in our prayer, encouragement, and financial support for their ministry. They have “washed our feet” through their dedicated prayer and wise words from the Lord as they uplifted us through difficult times of change. They celebrated with us as we joined ECO, and continue to pray for us we move forward. Thank you, Amos and Dupe, for washing our feet!
These feet which have been washed have been sent out into the world to preach the good news of Jesus Christ: to the community in Richfield and the Twin Cities through Hope’s people, and to South Sudan and beyond through Amos and Dupe. (Romans 10:15)
Peggy Turnbull, Missions Coordinator