In 2017, it was Christ’s Love through Mary Lynn Einsmann, my first friend at Discovery Church (DC), that drew me in for an even closer connection with DC.
She is one of several lovely greeters on every fourth Sunday. One day, this woman—who personifies “aloha” with a radiant smile, open arms, and a plumeria nestled in her salt and pepper locks—rendered me visible. She has an ability to make one feel singular and special. One of her Love languages is Kindness as evidenced by her thoughtfulness and generosity that keeps repeating itself.
I am privileged to have her in my Circle of Influence.
Months ago, she and I made a fleeting mention about going on a DC mission trip. Then, it seemed we blinked and by God’s grace our trip to the Dominican Republic (DR), along with her husband Eric and other Christ Followers, was fully funded by generous donations.
This exercise of our faith was like a power sprint. We had little time to waste on nagging fear or doubt. We focused on raising monies while God showed us uncommon favor to the finish line.
It was Love that called us to the DR.
At DC, we call ourselves “People of Compassion,” and our subscription is “Compassion is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.”
Love takes us places, where our abilities are inadequate.
At times, it’s natural for us to box ourselves into acts of Love that we flow in, without much stretch or pull because we “designate” certain compassion opportunities to the “more qualified.”
We know that God equips us.
When we act like it, there’s no compassion choice that seems insurmountable.
We traveled to the DR to minister the Love of Christ, in poverty-stricken settlements, with the grassroots Gospel by door-to-door fellowship, because Love led our way and illuminated our steps.
Any intimidation we felt to serve, pray, or administer salvation was wiped away by the Holy Spirit who emboldened and guided our every move.
He carried us into every home not as chest-beating heroes but rather as students of Love—able, available, and willing vessels, equipped “for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12 ESV)
In Mary Lynn’s DR mission journal she wrote, “Lord speak to me all day.”
I’m grateful that she listens, and that the Power of Love makes us strong when we feel feeble or unworthy.
In Christ’s Love, our utter dependence on Him makes us always suitable for the task.