One of the main job of Missionaries is to go house to house visitation and meet new friends and visit them always as much as possible because through this rapport will be established that’s what we called Personal evangelism.
Along with this principle you need to ready yourself to make your feet strong since it will be the most powerful tool to bring you to places where God leads you.
As a missionary of 1000 Missionary Movement 34th batch we were trained to go to houses and meet other people.After we were dispatched .My Partner and I were sent to “Agoncillo Batangas~ Subic” . The proximity of the place where we live was quiet far to the place where we were assigned.Though it was accessible through jeepneys and other vehicles we chose not to ride to save money since missionary stipend was too small and we were on the tight budget. The struggle begun everytime we decided to go for visitation around 2:00 PM that’s our visitation time and being assigned in a tropical Country ( Philippines) it’s really humid and hot.It was more because the place where we were assigned was near the Volcano ( Taal volcano). Though I am a Filipina, I’m accustomed to my country’s climate but I was never used to walking most of the time at that very hour.It was a stuggle to me too. My heart kept on murmuring everytime we did it but I was keeping it within myself because I didn’t want to put some avenues to make my partner and I to be discouraged.
After we prayed thats the start of our daily journey that was also the start that my selfish heart and mind struggled.Thoughts coming into my mind ” Why I have to do this? Does this really make sense?If I work on my profession as a Nurse I won’t be doing this.I’ll just sit and wait for patients to come and go hospital rounds with my co- nurses and oppss I’ll be wearing clean white uniform and my “feet” are cared by white stockings and comfortable shoes.I won’t be walking under the heat of the sun.I’ll be secured under the roof of my workplace…. I kept on struggling with those thoughts and sometimes exasperate***sigh. Why??? and I told myself you made a promise to serve Him so accept the humble work of being a missionary.
We did this walking thing for several months.Indeed it worked and we met alot of friends who opened the doors of their houses and welcomed us. This routine later on didn’t bother me so with my partner too because though we had a long tiring walked right after our visitation a warmth feeling of Joy fill in our hearts and we felt blessed everytime we felt that feeling.
One day, when we were relaxing and I was laying down on the mat I happened to see my feet on the mirror that was place across from me. Huh! my feet looked terrible and I had cracked heels that were too awkward to look at.I felt that time embarrassed with myself thinking that I had “poor hygiene and my feet were a minus to my femininity! I just closed my eyes and I tried diverting my thoughts but my self -centered thoughts was playing again!
As I slowly opened my eyes I was taken back to the idea when God walked along the desert, when Paul traveled for miles with his feet on his old sandals and so with other disciples who used their feet to walk and reached out other people.
I wondered how their feet looked that time.Well, camera wasn’t present that time so it wasn’t properly documented but I guess their feet were more ugly than mine. I was humbled when those realization came into my mind. And I was lucky the following day God revealed to me a text in the Bible in Romans 10:15 “How can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written” HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS”.
This text was my turning point that made me feel that my Missionary walk was worth remembering. And though my feet were ugly in my sight and in others. It’s actually the most beautiful feet in God’s eyes.And so do with others feet too who labor for the Lord.
“Look at your feet now, ” How beautiful are they?”
- Feet that walk and reach out others~ a walk worth remembering