We, Friends (Quakers) sometimes ask ourselves what makes the Religious Society of Friends different from other religious organizations and from hard-working, non-governmental organizations. In the last couple of months I have been guided by the Holy Spirit to reflect on our beloved, cherished, and treasured faith beliefs known as Quaker testimonies. After a deep reflection about them I concluded that, by following God’s leadings and revelations, God has led me, my Friends church, and the Religious Society of Friends to endeavor to seek and to promote peace, social justice, and to take care for the Earth with love.
During the 2013 FWCC meeting of the Section of the Americas in Indiana, Friends discussed and reflected on the theme “Let the Living Water Flow: Friends Serving God’s Purposes.” When I heard and read this title, the eyes of my soul were filled with joyful tears because in spirit, it spoke to me about the realized Kingdom of God. If we let the living water flow down in our lives more and more, the Earth will be a world governed fully by “peace, equality, integrity, and community.”
I praise God for our Friends community work, since Friends have been spreading the gospel as well as supporting small and big different social justice projects in the world. For instance, at the FWCC meeting this year the soul-lifting responses were like popcorn to the queries: “How are you working to witness for life in projects that promote God’s justice? How are Friends around you serving God’s purposes?” Some of these Friends said that they help out in the local community kitchens, and others shared about their work with human rights, peacemaking, and education-oriented Quaker projects and organizations. Thus, I thank God for all, and pray that the living Christ may dwell in our hearts so we can continue serving God together like the girl from Israel and the prophet Elisha served God’s purposes (2Kings 5:1-19).
Contributed by Emma Condori-Mamani, a friend from Bolivia