About two weeks ago, I was in the United States of America for two reasons. Firstly, I went over to re-unite with the family I made here in Liberia as they came for voluntary mission service and secondly; I needed to attend an end term gathering for the Global Mission Fellows program which I am currently in.
Immediately I arrived, the tour started. On the first day I was taken around to see the neighborhood and just to have a good feel of Belleville, Michigan.
I arrived on a Monday afternoon but what really got my attention was what happened on Wednesday morning. We went over to Central United Methodist Church which is located in Detroit, Michigan.
During our time there, we made sandwiches for homeless people. We put smiles on their faces and apparently the church does that every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This made my perception of God even more evident that “God is everywhere”.
Sometimes I think we try so hard to go out of our towns, cities, countries, continents to serve God. An example could be an African wanting so badly to go to Europe to go and serve or somebody from the US having a big desire to go to Africa to do mission work. All this is good and God is using so many good people to embark on such journeys. It can also be a calling to go out.
However, sometimes we can use our gifts and talents within the communities we live in. Take for instance the homeless project in Detroit, these people are changing lives in their own backyard. They are using what they have to serve who they have.
What is the point of going out to other countries to serve people who are in need and yet paying a deaf ear to those in need in your community? It’s like when I have food and I go out to give my neighbor a meal yet my family is dying of hunger. What good is that?
Are there people in your community or town that are in need and you think you have the gifts to help? why not do it?
God is everywhere and at times we forget that, we feel we need to give God to other people in other places but at times God has already put people in those places. Other people are already working there. Yes they might need an extra hand and yes they might need more diversity but God is using them as well.
Lastly, I was in South Lyon at First United Methodist Church sharing my story of how God has called me to serve. When I finished telling my story everybody understood that God is using people like me and many others in different countries to change the world!
No one came up to me and said “I think we need to do this together, so lets go to Liberia and serve God in many ways” but they said “We are with you in prayer, go and finish your work” because they knew God is everywhere and he is using different people everywhere.
Global Mission Fellow,
2015-2017 International track,
U.M.C Department of Health,