At the beginning of this year I attended the Summer School of Evangelization in Bathurst organized by the Disciples of Jesus Covenant Community and the Brothers and Sisters of the Missionaries of God’s Love. The joy of being with 200 young people enriched my heart tremendously. Worship, prayer, music, drama, listening to testimonies, sharing stories and above all God’s love “set my heart on fire” to do more and more in the field of Evangelisation wherever I go.
I would like to share a few thoughts from the whole week which I have found very important to me personally. I participated in the lecture with Father Ken Barker MGL, titled “Go, set the World on fire”. During the lecture we were invited to ask ourselves about our identity and motivation of evangelization. After reflecting about our personal experience of God’s love and mercy we realized that sharing the Good News could help others find God in their lives because we want them to experience what we have experienced.
Another area that touched me was the influence that we have on other’s faith journey. It is simply the same thing that attracted people at the beginning of Christianity (Book of Act), e.g. our authenticity, forgiveness and love in everyday living.
When someone comes and wants to believe how we believe, we can accompany them on their faith journey by walking, listening and sharing our life with them in love. When we give our live to others they blossom.
What is more, we should not wait to be perfect to start evangelisation, we should start now. The Holy Spirit gives us a courage to spread the Good News. The power comes from the cross of Jesus Christ and His Spirit. First we have to share the gospel, next pray for healing and be ready to receive what God is giving to us.
One day we reflected on adoption and being chosen. We watched a short story about an American couple who adopted children with a disability. The conclusion was that because the children were chosen they would never be abandon as God would never abandon his children. “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15). How great is this truth; God chose us with our weaknesses and strengths, and He will never abandon us because we are His children.
Lastly, we can increase others faith by giving testimony to our own faith. I have experienced God’s love by finding the meaning of my name in the light of the gospel Mt 3;13-17. I always translated my name as “I am dear to God”. When one of the members of Disciples of Jesus extended his hands over me in prayer, he said that my name is Beloved to God. I felt a great love which filled my heart and mind. All my life God is gradually revealing to me the meaning of my name and His unconditional love.
I pray that all might hear the Father’s voice from heaven “You are my beloved…, with you I am well pleased”.
Beloved to God
Sister Bogumila Malikowska