I sat surrounded by sweet ladies, waiting expectantly for the revealing of each Secret Sister. I had been Tiffany Hosteen’s Secret Sister for the past 5 months, putting little gifts and notes in her mailbox to encourage her. I had tried pretty hard to remain secretive and kept glancing her way while all the ladies were talking to get an idea of whether she suspected her Secret Sister was me. Before each person opened their final Secret Sister gift, they would guess who had been their Secret Sister. When Tiffany’s turn came, I held my breath, hoping she would at least guess someone else before suspecting me. To my dismay, she immediately muttered, “I know who it was. It was Abi.” I sat there, horrified, wondering how ever she could be so sure. Tiffany than proceeded to tell how, after signing the first few Secret Sister notes with the typical “Your Secret Sister” or “SS,” I signed the third or fourth note with my NAME!!! Needless to say, I was pretty embarrassed, though quite amused as well. We all laughed together and enjoyed the comical relief or the moment. For over 30 years, the ladies of Immanuel Mission have participated in Secret Sisters, making an effort to intentionally encourage each other in the work that we do here. Even though there was no “secret” for my Sister this time, it was a true joy to get to pray for and show love to this dear friend. I was extremely encouraged by the notes and personal gifts from Ginny, who had been my Secret Sister. They each came at the perfect time and lifted my spirits. So, take time to do the little things. Reach out in love to your siblings in Christ. Be intentional about loving them and continually pointing them back to Christ. Even if you slip up from time to time, the encouragement is never in vain. Thanks again for your prayers and for the words of encouragement and gifts of love you contribute to the ministry here at Immanuel Mission. Your labor is truly not in vain and you remind us that ours isn’t either.
Love in Christ,
Abigail Renth– I Corinthians 15:58