by Lynn Corker

I have always loved pearls. Their diversity in color, shape, size, how they grow, where they grow, is all fascinating. I love wearing pearls with just about anything; they make me feel beautiful.

One of my favorite illustrations in Scripture is from Matthew 13: 45-46, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”

I love wearing pearls with just about anything; they make me feel beautiful.

Have you ever found something so beautiful, so precious, so great in value that you considered selling all that you have just to make it yours?

It seems unlikely, silly even, that we would sell absolutely all that we have to possess one thing, even if it was of great value. Yet, this is exactly what Jesus has done for each of us. He has given all that he has so that we can share eternal joy with him; and he tells us we are worth it.

As diverse as pearls can be from one to another, so am I from the women of Uganda. For the past three years I have been involved in developing women’s ministry in the Pearl of Africa. It only seems fitting that God would call me (a pearl lover) to minister to the beautiful “women of the pearl.”

We speak different languages; we are different colors, shapes and sizes; we’ve grown in different areas with different families, and it just doesn’t make sense that we would be thrown together. This ministry looks very different than one would expect, but we work for a God who loves to show beauty in the unexpected.

On Sunday, July 13, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Luke-Ann Arbor, I will be sharing about our experiences in the mission fields of Uganda. Join us as we talk about how we have witnessed the Up, In and Out of St. Luke’s mission through these journeys. We have stories of triumph, miraculous healing, community support, depth of faith, certainty in calling and jaw dropping commentary on how God worked in unfathomable ways.

Come and hear what it’s like for two common people to let the Holy Spirit have control and turn their worlds upside down as they share the pearl of great value with those who have never seen it.