Posted by: Linsey Edn | January 9, 2010

January Newsletter by Linsey

There is a hill in Lithuania that is covered in symbols of faith in Christ. In the face of adversity, pilgrims made homage to the Lord in the form of tens of thousands of crosses. Some of these are giant crucifixes; others are crosses no more than half a meter. But all demonstrate their faith.

“Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” – Psalm 31:23-24

When Lithuanians rebelled against their Russian occupiers in the 19th Century, many were killed and their bodies never recovered. It is at this time that villagers first started coming to the hill to honor their fallen by placing crosses there. When the Tsar fell in the early 20th Century, Lithuania regained its independence, but it wasn’t long before the Soviet Union took over in the wake of World War II. Moscow considered the display a threat to the Union and fought against it. The hill was plowed several times, but each time the crosses materialized again. There were even rumors that a dam would be built nearby, in effect drowning the hill and centuries of heritage. The Hill of Crosses eventually became a symbol for peaceful resistance.

The crosses once again began to flourish like spring grass poking out of the snow. As the bitter winter came to an end, a revival of faith came. Today over 55,000 crosses stand on the hill, an incredible number compared to the 400 before the war. The liberty and the faith of the people of Lithuania, and indeed all of Eastern Europe, could not be taken away from them.

There are times in a man’s life when he must stand up for his beliefs and inalienable rights. The Creator imparted all mankind free will. In hard times, it is easy to doubt God and your own ability to change the circumstances. But a single contribution can encourage so many more than yourself. A single man changed mankind’s fate as we know it.

We had a group come all the way from the University of South Florida to devote themselves for a week to the shelter. Their commitment, and the effort of so many other volunteers, including Morehead State University, is deeply appreciated. Please be willing to take the time to reach out to one another, be it your family, neighbor, or a complete stranger. A few words of encouragement could be all it takes to brighten someone’s day. But I do hope you’ll take the time to help turn their life around. Jeff Street values every donation, but financial contributions are direly needed more than anything. I sincerely thank all of you who have donated and prayed for our mission.

With Love and Hope,
Linsey Edn

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