Forgiveness and Sacrifice

Envision NYC – Tabitha Fund

I arrived at ESL classes on Ash Wednesday with ashes on my forehead. What would the students think, I wondered? Marieme asked what was on my head. She was concerned I was injured. What an opportunity!

As another teacher and I talked about the sacrifice of Jesus, she listened intently and interjected that she recently saw the JESUS film. She told us she was moved to tears when Jesus forgave the man beside him on the cross. She could not fathom that type of forgiveness or kindness.

After a long pause, she started quietly singing a beautiful French song which tells of the sacrifice of Jesus for all our sins. We were amazed. We joined in, and after it was over, we asked her where she had learned the song.

She recounted that over 50 years ago as a young schoolgirl in a West African country she attended a program at a Catholic charity for several months. She learned the song there and
remembered it all these years later and realized it fit perfectly into the discussion we were having.

We again explained that we all are like those men next to Jesus on the cross and in need of the forgiveness of Jesus. We challenged her to continue to press into the faith and offered to
send her the JESUS film in her language to her phone.

We invite you to partner with what God is doing among these West African women in NYC by contributing to the “Tabitha Fund” through your gifts to Alliance Women. You can give an online gift HERE.

Michelle Davis

Brian and Michelle Davis are the Envision New York City site coordinators. In 2017, their family transitioned to this city after serving in Senegal with The Alliance for nearly a decade. The Davises currently teach ESL, share Bible stories with interested people, and develop Envision interns and immersion teams.

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