How is it that when you step inside church there is an instant flood of peace that surrounds you – a calm that gently sweeps across your heart? Beauty is found in the quietness and warmth of this familiar place welcoming you for listening to God’s unassuming call to join Him. It’s time to brush aside any busy thoughts that cloud the day because now you’re in God’s House and His presence is very near.
“To come light a candle in the church for a special intention,” was the simple invitation missionaries from NET Ministries offered one brisk evening earlier this fall to those walking by All Saints Parish in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Led by Dan Driver, NET team retreat coordinator, in collaboration with Fr. Peter Bauknecht, pastor of All Saints, ten missionaries set foot to invite people into the warm light of this church. A couple of the missionaries decided to go door to door in the quiet neighborhood. Read the full story here.
Clare Byars, NET team 7’s supervisor, shared this was the first time NET had done this type of street evangelizing outreach, which they referred to as Nightfever. The personal encounters varied and many questions were asked. Some people came in and they prayed together. One individual was walking his dog at the time and had a NET missionary keep watch of his pet while he went in to pray. Byars shared that the invite was to come before Him to really trust His presence and to know these are prayers you’re bringing before God.
In the book, I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teachings of St. Thérèse of Lisieux by Fr. Jean J. D’elbée, it notes: “The active apostolate of the laity is not an optional thing, a luxury, but an obligation, an imperious necessity.” Referring to those who suffer spiritual hunger it says, “Jesus thirsts for these souls … He himself needs others, because He wishes to use them as His instruments.” And so we press on in this apostolic action to share the Good News to all that will listen.”
“May the peoples praise you, O God; May all the peoples praise you!”
We are called to “go forth” to share Jesus’ light with others with the hope that more will glorify His name and do the same. St. Therese of Lisieux said, “A single mission would not be enough for me. I would like at the same time to announce the gospel on the five continents and unto the most remote islands. I would like to be a missionary, not only for a few years, but I would like to have been one from the creation of the world to end of time.”
“The earth has yielded its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still; that the ends of the earth may revere our God.”
Amy Acheson, NET Staff