Helping People Connect with God

The Marilyn Report: Serving in Uncomfortable and Undesirable Places

One of the greatest characteristics that should embody the Christian life is the act of helping others.

Romans 7:4 says, “You are part of the body of Christ and now you belong to Him in order that we might be useful in the service of God.” God says that the way you know you’re a part of the body of Christ is that you serve others. Serving is the proof of our identity as members of His family. I have many opportunities to serve, really more than I can attend to.

I was recently asked by the school district if I would like to visit a remote school area. Oh, how I love adventure, and an adventure it was. Leaving my house at 2:30 am, travelling by jeep, by a Carabao (domestic water buffalo) military truck, crossing a river, extremely rough terrain, and by foot when we ran out of path for the animal to travel. We reached our destination by 9 am to many eager awaiting school children.

As the first foreigner to travel to the remote area and the heavy presence of the New People’s Army (the armed and dangerous wing of the Communist Party), I was escorted by twelve military and eight national police officers. I could have easily have said no, I could have easily passed on the assignment to someone else or just ignore the call to come, but I knew this was “designed for me.” I have learned by serving and helping others that I get to reap many benefits of Gods promises as well. Psalm 116:12 tell us “what shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?” [How can I repay Him for all His bountiful dealings, His acts of grace?) Had I not gone on that adventure, I would have missed out on an opportunity of sharing the love of Jesus with the Military, the police, along with the tribes’ leaders and community. Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord and not for men.

Eleonora Dus wrote, “When we grow old, there can be only one regret, not to have given enough of ourselves.”