I’ve just spent a whirlwind three weeks visiting men and women of the Corps around the country. I’ve met with those in direct service, those serving IVC as regional council members and spiritual reflectors, and our partner service agencies — and once again I am struck by the abundant joy and healing power that comes through service.
I never tire seeing the brilliant light that sparks from an IVC member when they talk to me about someone they are tutoring or teaching, caring for physically, coaching or mentoring, or helping with a practical task for a service event. The people they care for are not nameless. They are individual. Unique. Personal.
As I listen, I wonder to myself if these IVCers realize the amazing gift they are to those they serve and to the agency they are assigned. And when I say this aloud, they respond with a pure humility that I know stems from the grace of service.
And so we end another service year. I want to thank all of the IVC volunteers and those remarkable men and women who support them and help make IVC strong, relevant and impactful: spiritual reflectors, regional council members and benefactors, and our IVC Directors who work tirelessly in each region to pull everyone and everything together to make the healing presence of Christ’s call to love practical and real.
With profound gratitude and love,