Your Home Is Your Mission Field
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” Isaiah 58: 6-7
“Wherever you are, be all there.” These are the words of the missionary pioneer, Jim Elliott. I love these words, because they remind us all that there is need right in front of our noses. You don’t have to travel to a foreign country to care for the broken and the marginalized and the despised; our homes can be our mission fields. Uganda is my home, and my home is my mission field. But we don’t have to pack up our bags and move to some remote village to serve God. Who is right in front of us that needs a gentle encouragement? Who needs our help? Who is on the outside? Who is painfully overlooked and friendless?
So many times I’m asked if I need help. Can I come to Uganda and help your family? Can I come to Jinja and care for the poor there? Can I come and serve vulnerable children with you? The reality is, while I do sometimes need help, I have many hands here in Uganda that care for me and my family. I have a special community in this place, and the team of coworkers at Amazima are doing fantastic work. I am, of course, so grateful for the people who want to serve with us. But I think sometimes the more difficult task is to get our fingernails dirty right where we are – to serve in the community in which we already live – to open our eyes to the needs right in front of us. The best way to start is to pray. Pray every day that He will show you people in your own backyard – neighbors, children, elderly, widowed – people who are depressed, lost, and poor in Spirit. And then take action. Don’t wait. When He brings a person in need to your school, workplace, neighborhood, baseball field, or mom’s group, and when He does, bravely take the step of being all there and serving right where you are.
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