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It was my first time attending the UMW School of Christian Mission this past July. I thoroughly enjoyed the meal times, the socials with the other women, the comfy dorm rooms, the beautiful campus, and the class I was registered in.
I had signed up for Immigration in the Bible with Stephanie Kimec. I particularly enjoyed one of our sessions in which we were in small groups asked to present to the class a modern version of a Bible story. Our group chose to do a skit on the story of Naomi and Ruth, the modern twist being that in a way, Naomi sort of “pimped up” Ruth. First Naomi told Ruth to go work in Boaz’s field that Boaz might take notice of her. Boaz did in fact notice her. Later in an extreme attempt to ensure Boaz was the one to marry Ruth, Naomi told Ruth to go sleep by Boaz so as to seem that she was dishonored and therefore they would have no choice but to marry. Our group saw Naomi as a gentle meddling “pimp daddy” set on marrying off Ruth to ensure a bright future for them both. It was quite an enjoyable skit. Unfortunately, I do not recall the names of the stars in my group with whom we presented the skit. But to those women, it sure was fun! Unholy as it may sound, the word pimp and all, the Bible is full of unholy acts. This leads me to believe that God emphasizes our humanity, our weaknesses, our being prone to faults. King David fell to Bathsheba’s beauty. King Solomon fell to his fame and fortune. Samson fell to Delilah’s charms. My, how the mighty have fallen! And yet God’s compassion is evident throughout their sins…throughout our sins. God does not mean for our sinful nature to have us wallowing in regret and despair. But that we learn from them, conquer over them, and move on because life goes on. The Holy Bible is full of unholy acts to remind us that Jesus did not come for the righteous, but to call the sinners to repent. Even in our sinfulness God desires us still. The question is: Do you desire God as much as He desires you? Blessings to all the women who attended this year’s School of Christian Mission. May next year’s study be just as thrilling and fulfilling!
--J.L.L

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