Missionary Blogs/St. Louis

THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL

My wife, Kiera, and I are missionaries together. One of our teens, Dani, needed some help getting her grades up, so Kiera invited her to our youth office to work together. I was working on rearranging the youth office while the two of them went at raising said grades.

Nothing spectacular happened during that time. I made a lot of noise taking some old and busted shelving apart. The two of them didn’t take much notice. Kiera didn’t give any answers or share a ton of wisdom, or really do much tutoring at all. She was just there with encouragement, a little direction, and love. She came alongside a young woman who has a hard time getting things finished and stayed with her until the work was done.

A quote from Pope Francis in his letter “Joy of the Gospel.”

An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others…[it] is also supportive, standing by people at every step of the way, no matter how difficult or lengthy this may prove to be… Evangelization consists mostly of patience and disregard for constraints of time.

Kiera did not speak about Jesus a single time during that evening, but she shared the gospel exactly as Dani needed it.

Each of us can learn from Pope Francis and from my lovely wife. People don’t need to be preached at more; they need to encounter Jesus when they encounter us and be walked with patiently and joyfully on the road of faith.

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