If you think of golf courses and cruises when you hear the word “retirement,” you’ve never met Tim and Ruth Leacock, whose faith journey embodies stewardship as a way of life. When Tim was offered an early retirement package by his employer in 2001, he jumped at the chance which enabled him, along with Ruth, to found and operate a charity they called Computers4Africa . This charity, headquartered in the Leacock’s home in Omaha, Nebraska, supplied more than 3,000 refurbished computers for schools and other institutions in Africa, particularly Uganda.
Father’s Day reminds us that fathers are a tremendous source of love, strength and protection for a child. Notwithstanding the faithful and heroic efforts of single moms bringing up children in today’s society, children still need to be around Christian men who are positive role models; men who are actively involved in their life of faith, possess spiritual passion, and are faithful fathers and husbands. Undoubtedly, parishes need more men to be involved in the spiritual development of young people.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (From Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5: 14-16)
We are the recipients of God’s unending love. Though we are reminded of his love in countless ways throughout the year, it is the actions and words of Jesus Christ during the feast of Passover that show us the extent of his love and the way we too can live a life of stewardship: “…love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34). If we are to be his disciples we can do nothing less, in word and deed, than humbly offer ourselves in loving service to another.
Glenda SeippAnnual Giving and Stewardship Services DirectorDiocese of Helena
María Guadalupe García Zavala
Without “the envelope”
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we dedicate this month of June
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
we ask you to grant to us
hearts rich with your love,
embraced by your compassion.
Ever since my ordination as Bishop in Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1995, I have been associated with the Church’s call to stewardship in both a personal and a pastoral manner. I presently serve as a board member of ICSC representing the region that includes all the 17 dioceses of the Antilles Episcopal Conference and this has offered me the opportunity to meet and to work with people whom I consider outstanding witnesses of stewardship as a way of life.