"In this divided world Jesus longs to create places of unity, reconciliation and peace, by inviting the rich to share and the poor to have hope. This is the mission of L’Arche, of Faith and Light and of other communities: to dismantle the walls separating the weak from the strong, so that, together, they can recognize that they need each other and so be united. This is the good news." - Jean Vanier
This mission is vital for our community. I believe that God will use rEcess as a vehicle to evangelize the good news to those who need to experience the message of hope, peace, and love in a tangible way. I’m praying that through rEcess, God will bring reconciliation and peace to the brokenhearted, and for those who serve, may we continue to take the downward path of humility so that we can truly see the beauty and value in each of those we are serving, just as others in Christ have seen us.
My hope and vision for rEcess is that it will be a place where children can come and be loved for who they are, rather than being judged for who they’re not. They will be able to come and receive love and individual attention, while having FUN! in a safe place. I pray that parents will also be able to come and find comfort and true rest in this community. May they experience God’s love over them and be deeply refreshed, so that they can be empowered to love and steward their children with even more grace and love, just as we have experienced God's love and been empowered to love and steward the resources God has given to us.
I pray that we at Ekko will take time to check our hearts and throw off any strivings to become more “rich” and self-focused. Instead, let’s adopt this mission of actively breaking down the walls that separate the rich and poor, healthy and sick, strong and weak, and come to an understanding that regardless of how you view yourself in light of others, we are one body and we all need each other. Let's learn to look at people with unveiled eyes and softened hearts, and speak over them the truths of God’s love. Let’s be the vessels that God can use to bring the good news to those around us.
Esther works in the fashion industry and serves with Ekko in the Ekko Kids department. She is also a member of rEcess, which is a respite program for families who have children with special needs, which formally launches in September. She attends Torrance #1 Ekklesia.