The old cliché “What would Jesus do?” is still a question that needs an answer! What did Jesus do? Jesus went around doing good. He served. He healed. He taught. He showed God’s power. He prayed. He loved. He sacrificed himself. He showed us how to live by example the life God wants Christians to live.
Quite a few years ago, the desire was placed into my heart to serve on the mission field. The only model I knew about was serving on a foreign mission field. It just so happened that a dear woman who was serving in Nairobi came to the church I was attending and spoke about her mission work. It inspired me and I wanted to know more. Although I had a family, I began to pray about mission work and how God could use me and my family. I wrote a letter to this missionary and several weeks later received a reply. The missionary wrote that when she read my letter, she laughed, and then cried. Her explanation and advice to me was a turning point in my life! Miss Betty McQueen worked at the University of Nairobi and her primary mission was to teach the people about Jesus Christ. But, she found that her greatest mission was serving! Who did she serve? Her neighbors; a child next door who kept ruining her garden, a lady in the market place that needed a ride home, an older lady that needed a ride to church, a family in the community that needed food, a student that needed medical care! It wasn’t the job she had been given by the Mission Board. No! She was answering God’s call serving those who lived around her and those that had a need! The daily example of living the life as Jesus taught is the mission. The mission is right here and right now.
First United Methodist Deaf Community is reaching out to others who have a need. We are learning that our job is to open our eyes and our hearts, and to hold out our hands to offer help when and wherever we see a need. We want others to see Jesus through our service regardless of the language barrier. We want to be an example for others to follow.
This is the scripture that Evon requested to be included on her page with the article.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Also, people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand. Then it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine so others can see it. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will bring glory to your Father who is in heaven.