From time to time someone from our board will share some insight into our program or a spiritual encouragement for our staff, participants and donors.
Every organization has a purpose. It is usually communicated through a “vision” or “mission” statement. The word “vision” from Proverbs 29:18 in the KJV can also be translated “knowledge” or “revelation.” The word conveys the thought of “knowing the truth and will” of our Heavenly Father.
The vision for Magdalene’s Light began to develop in 2017 through a dream a women named Tammi had of helping others out of a life of drugs and prostitution. This dream, or “vision” and the people developing it have gone through some changes but it is still alive and well!
As one looks around at our society today, the need to help women overcome life’s struggles is needed more than ever before. It is also clear that the need is not going away anytime soon. To begin our public introduction, we must begin at the heart of the issue. What is our vision? It is one simple statement which defines our goal:
“Transforming and equipping women to reflect
the full light of Jesus Christ”.
We use the word “transforming” first of all, because it is an on-going process that takes a lifetime, yet it begins in a moment. The moment a person realizes that their life has become unmanageable and they need to do something different if they are to change the course of their life.
Once that decision has been made the ML participant will experience a transformation from the inside out. The word “transformation” means “to change in character or condition.” Our goal is to help participants recognize and turn away from the mistakes and pain of their past and embrace thought processes and behaviors that will help them move forward with their lives.
We use the word “equipping” because most people struggle using the same old coping skills to deal with life’s problems, to no avail. Our goal is to equip our participants with skills that will set them free from their past struggles and set them on a path of success.
God’s purpose in creating us is to reflect His goodness and love to the world.
We use the word “reflect” because most people stumble through life focused on satisfying their natural desires which tends to lead into all kinds of problems. Our goal is to give our participants a higher purpose for their lives.
Living life separated spiritually from God is described in the bible as being “in darkness.” But God the Father has a plan to restore our relationship with Him. He sent His Son Jesus into the world. “In Him was light, and that light was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5)
We firmly believe understanding that Christ came into the world to set us free from sin and give us eternal life is the key to joy-filled, successful living. Our goal is that our participants would learn this truth and reflect “the full light of Christ.”