by Melanie Gibbons
Dec 14, 2011
Both our respect and appreciation for each other and the critical and urgent nature of our mission call us to employ the highest standards in our lives and work. We are not owners; rather we strive to be wise trustees: “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it” (Psalm 24:1). Aware of an imbalance and abuse of resources globally, we are compelled toward responsibility, justice and bold investment for the sake of our mission. LWR’s Values
I do a lot of gardening and canning/preserving. I shop at local farmer’s markets for most of the food my family eats. When I do need items from the grocery store, I try to find fairly traded products that ensure better care of farmers, producers and the earth.
Why? For me, this is part of how I feel God has called me to be a good steward. A good steward of the seasonal bounty provided in the area where I live. A good steward of my family’s health and resources. A good steward of the farming community in Maryland as they work to support their families and, in turn, be good stewards of the land they farm and the surrounding environment. And a good steward of our neighbors around the world who seek the same.
LWR’s value of stewardship resonates with me because it’s about much more than money, which is often the first place our minds go when we think of the term “stewardship.” It’s about valuing the gifts we see in each other, in our global neighbors, in the earth. “We are not owners; rather we strive to be wise trustees.”
As the Quilt & Kit Ministry Coordinator at LWR, I am privileged to see this value lived out every day through dedicated quilters and kit-makers. They call on their communities to support their projects. They provide a way for friends who may have very little to contribute to a project that impacts people in need around the world. They pound the streets searching for sales. They gather together to share fellowship and share the tasks of assembling Kits and cutting, piecing, sewing and tying Quilts.
They hold bake sales and raffles, launch campaigns and invite sponsorship of their ministry to support the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund. They give with a spirit of abundance and gratitude. They give of their time, talents, and treasures. They are an inspiration, and their faithfulness to this ministry allows LWR to reach hundreds of thousands of people each year with Quilts and Kits that sustain and comfort.
This is just one example of how LWR’s work strives to honor the value of stewardship. Through our work in water, agriculture, health and livelihoods, response to emergencies — the list goes on — LWR’s staff and partners are mindful of the responsibility we bear to be good stewards in our work, in our relationships and in our care of the earth.
I am thankful to work for an organization whose values connect so closely with my own. What does stewardship look like in your life? How are you partnering with LWR as we live out our value of stewardship together?