Don’t Let the enemy Win!
There is a daily reminder for all that have dedicated their lives to serve the less fortunate. This reminder is that the enemy seeks to destroy anyone or anything that is accomplishing much for God’s Kingdom. The better job you do, the more that will come forth to hamper your path. It may not be obvious, but it is very important to never lose focus on the task at hand. Let’s dig a little deeper into this subject today….
First off, working in Ministry is hard, period. There is nothing easy about serving in areas that are unfamiliar or not familiar to those that are working. You have to get out of your comfort zone, and that opens anyone up to being susceptible to an attack from the enemy. It could be as simple as a flat tire on a difficult “road”, or it may be a government official looking for a bribe. Whatever the case, rest assured it is the enemy at work. This is hard work, but yes, anyone can do it if they have faith and a passion to serve.
Another good example would be individual expectations and the uniqueness of each person that serves. Many times, you will be working with a group of people that you have had little interaction with before. They may have different motivations and even beliefs that have lead them into service. No one individual’s beliefs should take precedence over the other and the enemy will do all he can to try and expose your differences and turn them against the team. It could be during a simple discussion, or it might be related to how the team addresses a need for the poor. Whatever the case, patience, love, and grace must be exhibited to thwart the work of the evil one.
Logistics are a major challenge and the leadership team will be doing all it can to ensure that your trip is a success, but don’t forget they are people too! We are all flawed and it is through God’s grace that we have been given the resources and skills to serve the less fortunate. I have been amazed by the actions of some “Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc.” that want to go help the poor, but can be the biggest primadonna in the world. Grace….I can not stress it enough, you must show grace to all those that are going to work with you to serve the poor. It takes a team made up of many different people from many different cultures and if you will trust in God and be flexible, God will award you with an incredible experience.
That does not mean that you should not expect excellence from the organization and in the case of MMI, we will do everything we can to make your experience a great one. The funny thing is, it is usually the strange occurrences or happenings that end up becoming a memory for a lifetime. We serve and awesome, God! Enjoy your service for Him, and tell the enemy to take a hike!