The Rev. Tiina Cote served as overseas personnel with the Christian Council of Tanzania as a chaplain at the University of Dodoma. Tiina reflects on hope for the Advent season:
What happens when hope is born through the grace of God? As I witness the intensity of University of Dodoma students’ long, loud prayers to God, I imagine the intensity of Joseph’s prayer to his God on those many nights after the birth of a promise.
As I see the tears fall from the students’ faces when they sing thanks to their God, I imagine Mary’s face as she sings her song of blessing and promises fulfilled by her God.
And when students feel empowered and able to speak their truth out loud, I imagine the confidence of Zechariah as he stood in a countercultural moment and claimed the name of hope for his son as given by his God.
Such is the face of Advent hope across the world today. Each of us has been silenced in some way, yet we hold a story of hope waiting to be born again. For the University of Dodoma students of the Christian Council of Tanzania, that story is being born with the support of your generous gifts for Mission and Service, which help fund the chaplaincy at the university.
May the difference that you help these students to make in their own lives be your story of hope this year.
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