When I had the vision in church that day the second part was of me in a workshop with children. I wasn’t in a classroom or church. I was working with my hands surrounded by kids who all knew me and I knew them by name. Lia and I had a conversation one day about what it means to be a ‘missionary.’ I asked her if she thought we were missionaries and she paused then said no, because I don’t preach or teach a Bible study. We talked some more and I told her that I don’t remember a sermon I hear from one Sunday to the next, but I remember what people do. I told her that the men I work with won’t remember what I tell them either, but they will remember how I lived and how it impacted them. I told Lia that I was trying to show Jesus to the men I work with. Of course we talk about Jesus at work, we talk about what it means to be Christians, we pray together and do devotions, but I want my actions to speak for me.
The next day Lia came to me and said that she’d been thinking about our conversation and had changed her mind and thinks we are missionaries. I didn’t high-five her or anything. It’s not like we get a badge with ‘Missionary’ on it or anything. We’re just people who said ‘yes’ to God and are doing the best we can to do what we feel we’ve been asked to do.