This is a preliminary post written by one of our returning interns, Anna, about recent events at Light of the Village. Watch for more from Anna this summer!
“I start off this summer’s blog on a more somber note. Yesterday one of the students from Light of the Village, Jodeci Woodard was murdered just a few blocks from the ministry. Jodeci had grown up around the ministry and is the ninth person Light of the Village has lost in the last two years. Summer Bible camp will start in less than a month. It is safe to assume that Jodeci was a participant in previous summer Bible camps just like the kids that will attend this summer. This summer the staff, interns, and volunteers will play with, and invest in kids from the area much like Jodeci.
In reaction to the loss, one of the interns at the ministry posted on facebook a verse from Proverbs 24:11,“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter”. She concluded her post saying, “There is no time to waste.”
Indeed, there is no time to waste. At home yesterday I heard about the murder and was saddened to hear the news. I hurt for his family, and for the community that is so real at Light of the Village. On facebook another intern posted the scripture noted above, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it” (John 1:5).
It is no coincidence that yesterday morning I came across the same verse and the verse preceding it, “In Him (Jesus) was life
, and the life was the light
of men.”I have no words to make his death seem better, nor any solutions. None of us can stop people from hurting others. But Christ brings light and life, and the light he bears cannot be stamped out. He brings light and life in a new and beautiful way that is foreign to those who don’t know who he is. May my hands and the hands of those who know Jesus be fast to flood this community with Jesus’ light and his love. May the community witness something that will draw them into the light—light and comfort that God himself brings to the darkest of situations.
Local 15 News covered Jodeci’s murder.