by Grace Wilde
For if I preach the Gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel! (1 Cor 9:16)
You all know by now that we are becoming missionaries. We are all so excited, but, many of you may ask, have we thought through this? By the time we leave we will have discerned for 1 year. Yes, even us kids have discerned. But still what do us kids think about this? Why did we choose to be missionaries for Christ? Here is how I got to this conclusion.
Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to be a missionary and love God and others. The first book I ever remember reading was the Bible. I kept on saying I wanted to be a nun. But, I thought kids could not do the job of a religious nun. Little did I know that they could with their family.
My mom kept on telling me about the refugees and the other afflictions of the world today. She kept on saying we should pray for them. I wanted to help them. It was hard to think of those struggles in the world today and not wanting to help them. As Mother Teresa said
Soon, we just had to do something so we decided to fulfill the dream we had had for ages, to adopt. We started the adoption process as many people do. We started looking for a baby girl who fit our abilities. We were surprised in the end to have chosen a little boy named Hong Yu Chen. We had seen he needed a home for long time and were surprised that God had chosen him. We finish a lot of paperwork and got him June 11, 2016. We named him Chi Yu and he is a joy in our home today. I love him very much. But, we were still missing something.
Like the Good Samaritan, may we not be ashamed of touching the wounds of those who suffer, but try to heal them with concrete acts of love. - Pope Francis
We like many people wanted to keep on adopting, but, God had other plans.
Then we found it! One day my mom Googled family missions and found FMC. We signed up for a short term mission. Then, exploring the website she saw that it was full time as well. I knew this was our call and we started discerning.
Why did we choose to be missionaries for Christ?
God called me to be a missionary. I loved God and his people from the beginning. I can’t bear to see and hear the suffering of them. So I go out in the world from now on to help them like the first disciples at Jesus’ command. God may still call me to be a nun when I grow up. For now I am happy just as I am, as a Missionary for Christ.
by Brecklyn Wilde
At that time, I wasn’t very interested in missions but that soon changed. We went on a short term mission trip to the Philippines. We helped in a little village called Isla. We helped give them medicines, and took care of them. We gave them food and our stuffed animals. Helping them gave us joy.
What is a missionary?
We all know that the disciples were followers of Jesus, right? But after Jesus ascended into Heaven, why were they preaching? Well, they could’ve just lived their “normal” life and just forgot about Jesus, but they did what Jesus asked them to do.
Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:18-20)
So Jesus was telling them to preach, right? But Jesus was telling them to do more. He was turning them into something. He was turning them into missionaries.
What do missionaries do?
They help people. But you might ask, ‘which people are they supposed to help? The poor, the homeless, the refugees, the immigrants, or the rich?’ The missionary may answer all of them. You may say ‘why would you help the refugees? They can help themselves!’ or ‘I don’t need to help the poor! Others will help them!’ Well, if you say this, you are wrong.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)
This bible verse doesn’t just mean dying for YOUR friend, or for someone you know that is related to you or your friend or for your friend’s friend. It means that you should die for anyone. But that does not mean that if someone tells you to jump off a cliff you should jump off a cliff. That means that you should do what Maximilian Kolbe did. When a man who had a family was going to be killed, he sacrificed himself instead of the man dying.
There are eight rules for becoming an FMC Missionary. These are called the Missionary Heart. They are….
In conclusion, I love being a missionary. I think we did what Jesus asked his disciples to do, and what he asked us to do. I think we are doing the right thing.
On a Mission
Two passionate parents and their four children are excited to bring His Word to everyone in need while living a life of Gospel poverty as missionaries. They invite you to join them on a journey to encounter our global neighbors that Jesus commands us to love through works of charity and service.