Friday, February 08, 2008

OTU #69 - Leap of Faith February: Preparing for Mission Trips

It's "Leap of Faith February" at OntheU! We're dedicating each of this month's episodes to information about ways people and organizations are educating themselves and trying to address the needs of the world's poor.

In this episode, we have a Skype interview with Erin O'Neill, a student at Notre Dame University, who recently spent a month in Senegal. She gives her advice on preparing for mission work and making those experiences a part of your life.

Here's the text of a prayer by +Archbishop Oscar Romero that Erin mentioned:

"Prophets of a Future Not Our Own"
It helps, now and then, to step backand take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that. This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well. It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

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