Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Imagine sitting with Jesus after He rose from the dead, and before His ascension into Heaven. Overjoyed that He was back with you, after the violence of the crucifixion, you would naturally want Him to remain close.
As you put yourself in that place, imagine asking Him, “Is this it? Is it finished? Are you going to stay here with us and bring everyone INTO YOUR KINGDOM?” It seems like the logical conclusion to such an epic conquering of death. This is exactly what the Apostles thought and precisely what they asked Him.
Jesus had a surprising answer: “…You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes…and you will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:8). It’s so hard to grasp that this was God’s plan! That Jesus would return to Heaven and entrust you and me with going to the ends of the earth guided and empowered by His Spirit. He had foreshadowed this plan in John 14:12: “…whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.”
Greater works! Do we really believe this? If someone examined our life, would it be obvious that we live like these words are true?
Some of us are called to go, and some to empower others to go—and it is in this united work that Jesus’ command is realized. We are all called! By the time you read this, we will have already launched our year-end campaign to raise the funds necessary to continue this work; please pray about how the Lord wants you to participate. Let us continue to respond faithfully, until the whole world hears!
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JUST ONE FRIEND
by Matt Glafcke | Asia
My simple prayer for our travels to Asia was to find just one friend—one person who would be capable of sharing my joy for the Gospel and who could be a companion.
In a major city in Asia, I found myself in a place where chaos and beauty touch side by side. My prayer was answered in an extraordinary way.
I hoped to find a man similar to myself, one with a family, or a businessman, or a teacher of patience. Instead, I was gifted with someone who one day might be assigned these attributes. The Lord sent me a young boy of 16, Ayush, who wanted to take me to see the river.
I met Ayush during a mission trip to a remote village. The ministry of the Salesian priest was a daily class teaching English to the village children. We were invited to join in and see where God was asking us to follow His lead.
I dutifully made my way around notebooks and checked spelling for words such as “school,” “meeting,” and, oddly, “aluminum.” It was spelled as “aluminium.” You really only notice the difference in spelling when you are looking quite close. Just as God looks at us and sees our hearts and intentions versus our actions; where you put the extra “I” matters.
As I was joking with the mission trippers, a diminutive young boy made eye contact and approached me.
“Where are you going after the lesson? Would you like me to take you to the river?”
I replied, “Maybe another day, after this we are heading to Mass with Father George.”
To which the boy, Ayush, responded, “Okay, I know some prayers.”
“Which prayers do you know?” I asked. I figured he would stumble over the simplest of prayers, as I frequently do when speaking a foreign language.
But Ayush recited in slow and clear English the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Fatima prayer from the Rosary. I was sincerely shocked and in awe of the prayers recited so beautifully. We were in a village of roughly 400 people and no one, aside from the priest, spoke English fluently. The Holy Spirit was moving!
Seven Years of an Amazing Missionary Life
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.
Fried Chicken and French Fries
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.
Welcoming the Christ Child in the Philippines
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.
A Testimony of Faith
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.
Just One Friend
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.
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