Tell us what you are doing?
I am not sure what consitutes missionary work Fr. David. I am not one who goes knocking on doors to tell people about God. I have never been part of a missionary church plant. God has wired me as one who will answer a question when asked, speak as God gives me the words, and work very hard to live in such a manner that is glorifying to God.
I recall one time standing in the grocery line and someone did not have cash to pay for their groceries and was willing to write a check but the store did not accept checks. It was over $15. I paid the bill in cash and the individual wrote me a check. Yes, it could have bounced, but I didn't care.
When the women left the store, the clerk said, "That was very nice of you to do that." I replied, "That is what God asks us to do. Perhaps a time will come when that woman will be able to help another person because someone helped her." I completed my purchase and left.
I did nothing special. I was reimbursed. But the point is, it provided an opportunity to "teach" the clerk about God and that we are our brother's keeper.
I am blessed to teach Sunday school. Today's lesson was discussion of the following passages: Luke 8:16-18
The Parable of the Revealed Light and Luke 8:26-29
the story of The Demon Possessed Man.
In the parable we talked about not hiding the Light of Christ, living the life of Christ no matter our age, and the importance of hearing
. I asked the kids to focus on how they listen and to what, especially during Liturgy. It was interesting to receive their responses that they should be listening during the sermon and during the Gospel and Epistle readings. When asked, "When else do you listen during Liturgy?" they could not come up with another time. I asked them, "What about through out the entire Liturgy?"
"Listen to what, Mrs. Trudy?!"
"To the prayers you are participating in! Is there some word that seems to catch your thought while you are praying? Perhaps God is speaking to your heart, asking you to hear
The expression on a couple faces was..."Oh yea! I didn't think of that."
We then moved into the story of the demon possessed man, especially focusing on the end of the story. After being healed, the man asks to accompany Jesus but Jesus says, "Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you."
I pointed out that the man heard God and obeyed Him after he was healed and even the demons listen to God. The man went and did as God asked him, telling everyone in his whole city what Jesus had done for him.
Not only does Jesus teach us that we should hear, but also go home to our city (we discussed what that was for each of them), and tell about Jesus; with our voices, with our actions, with all that we are.
It is small but it is the only thing I know to do.