“Put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
– Colossians 3:14
Team life- it means joy, patience, sacrifice, humility, gratefulness, but above all, love. Part of being a NET missionary means committing to a team. We all come from different walks in life and are from different backgrounds, but we’ve all come together for one common goal: to spread the love of Christ.
Throughout these last 7 months, we have been learning a lot about what it means to work together and the importance of not only being on a team, but having one. Being on a team isn’t easy. Everyday we have to continue to choose love, but saying that is a lot easier said than done because sometimes you have to continue to choose love even when you’re exhausted or your buttons are being pushed. When we choose to love, we choose to die to ourselves and to constantly put those around us before our own needs. In Mother Teresa’s book One Heart Full of Love, she says that being Christian means wanting nothing other than to give ourselves for the sake of Christ. On our team, we each die to ourselves and work together to bring the youth we encounter closer to Christ, no matter what it takes. But this isn’t something we can do on our own.
On NET, community is essential- we live in it. We need each other, and we believe that we were meant to be together to use our skills and our talents to help each other grow closer to Christ. We have actually been complimented many times this year on how well we love and work together as a team compared to many others. Jayne says that, “the greatest thing I have learned about sharing my life with these people and getting to see their lives, is how God had shown me the way all of us together just seem to complete each other.” This ministry work wouldn’t be possible if we did it alone.
Above all, we don’t love just because we are loved. No, we love because we freely choose to give ourselves for the sake of letting others know Christ through us. And being a part of the team, you have the opportunity of experiencing that kind of love every single day. St. Teresa of Calcutta says “God loved us by giving himself to us, Mary loved us by sharing Jesus with us, and Jesus loved us by giving up his life for us and giving his body to us as the bread of life. So we too must give ourselves to one another.”
Specifically on our team, Teresa says “being surrounded by so many different personalities stretched me to love harder and to die to myself more than I have before… I am constantly with people who not only support and encourage me, but also do not allow me to settle for mediocrity so I can grow to be the woman of God that I am called to be.” So essentially in giving herself to the team, the team is able to support her and bring her closer to Christ.
Another one of our teammates, Drew, has a story of a young person experiencing the love of Christ on retreat.
“I was leading a retreat and there was a girl who seemed like she did not want to be there. She was very shut off and did not seem like she wanted to invest. But each time I went up front to transition or talk, I could see her investing a little more each time. By the end of the retreat, after we had our time of prayer ministry and I ended the retreat, she walked up to me and said ‘I really enjoyed the retreat today, I was just hoping the time of prayer was going to be longer.’ This entire time, I was thinking this girl was not investing and wasn’t going to get anything out of the retreat, but God was working through her in so many ways that I didn’t see and she ultimately loved the retreat!”
Overall, our ministry wouldn’t be possible without the love that each of our teammates give to each other. The more we love each other, the more we love God, because He is present in everybody. Our challenge for you this month is to seek out Christ in whomever you meet.
Peace and Blessings,
Allyssa, Jayne, Sophie, Teresa, Ashley, Monica, Rochelle, Aidan, Harris, Drew, and Tim