Ahh…a moment to sit. I know all you other mamas can relate. I’ve had some thoughts swirling around in my head lately – so I thought I might as well put them on “paper.”
I’ve said “hi” and “bye” to many people these past several weeks as we have had mission teams from all over the US come to serve here at the Jamaica Deaf Village. They’ve been out hauling concrete, painting, fellowshipping with the deaf, hugging orphans, and singing to the elderly. They’ve been “DOING” stuff. I’ve had a few well-intentioned folks comment on how I’m not DOING ministry/missions anymore because of the twins (and when do I plan to start again?). I normally nod – totally understanding what they’re trying to say – and and put together some type of sentence about how, yeah, I’m not as involved now but still find time to interpret, do Hands in Praise, blah blah blah. And I feel just a little funny after those conversations are done and return to my diaper changing and bottle- feeding. Staying busy all day and yet for some reason feeling like I’m not DOING anything.
Then a couple weeks ago, one of the kindest men I know – a dad of 8 – out of the blue reminded me that my children are my ministry. And that it’s a noble and important calling. And he told me that I’m doing a great job. I felt the sting of tears and said “thank you.” I needed that reminder.
Yes, I miss teaching at the school. I miss the hugs from the students, getting excited about their progress, and chatting it up with my fellow teachers. I miss getting out of the house more often. I miss not being involved with the womens’ Bible studies that some of our teams lead. I (surprisingly) miss not being able to go to the hot and steamy airport to pick up teams.
I know that this baby stage is a season and that the time will come soon enough when I will have opportunities to be more involved again. So right now, I am treasuring every moment I have with Graham and Clara. They are growing so fast (almost 6 months already!), and these aren’t moments that I can come back to down the road. Today, I am remembering that they are my ministry. I am raising up God-followers, kingdom-seekers, and feet-washers. With his grace alone, no doubt. And I want to encourage all you other mamas out there with the same word I received– whether you are working or not – that your calling is noble and your ministry important.
Ministry (and missions) is not something that should be quantified by how much we’re “DOING.” It’s our day-in, day-out relationships with others and how we love them (Just look at how Jesus spent his time!). Drawing them closer to Christ through our words and actions. And that’s a pretty big deal. Whether they’re deaf or hearing, 6 months old or 60, Jamaican or American. So I am going to embrace this time of ministering to my little ones and pray that others are touched along the way!
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”