On New Year’s Eve of 2013, if someone had told us the course of our lives was about to radically change, we would not have known what to expect. We had traveled to a few exotic places, but never in our wildest dreams did we anticipate a dramatic reversion to our faith through FMC, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and receiving Jesus’ call to follow Him with a lifestyle of preaching the Gospel and serving the poor.
Over the past few years, FMC leadership has been seeking the best way to help our missionaries in this all-important task of making disciples. Their hope is that our missionaries receive tools to help them fulfill the Great Commission and become more intentional in forming disciples. Reach More, a training developed by the lay organization Evangelical Catholic, is the fruit of that search.
It all began with fried chicken and french fries. That’s what the Holy Spirit prompted me to go and eat at a street stand in Peru. I’ve learned that when prompted by the Holy Spirit, it’s best to listen and be docile. This particular day the Holy Spirit wanted me to go to a street food stand not far from where I was staying in the city of Tarapoto.
Kring Leaño is a native of the Philippines. She grew up in the capital city of Manila and serves as a missionary with her husband, Ramon, and their children in the provincial city Malaybalay. Kring shared with us some of the unique December traditions of her culture.
My life in the Catholic faith changed completely in 2015 when I met a marvelous missionary family, Jonathan and Teresa Kiehl and their kids. Through them, I began to learn more about God and His wonders.
Ayush came to Mass that evening. He watched everything I was doing with an attentive eye. He wanted to worship in the right ways, to give glory to the King of kings. Even if his understanding was just beginning, Ayush could sense that he was a part of something more, something great. He was sitting only a few feet from the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.