• Speaking Up…by Hannah Rodgers

    Last week I had a friend who lost her voice due to a cold. It was very hard for her to communicate her needs to her family and friends. She tried writing everything down, but that took too long. She tried making hand signs and arm motions to get her point across, but the signs were easily misinterpreted and she felt like everyone was laughing at her. Finally, she resigned to communicating as little as possible and doing everything for herself. This got me thinking about what it feels like when we try to communicate with people and the connections just aren’t happening.

    This miscommunication can happen at any time but is especially frustrating when we are trying to share our faith and love of Jesus Christ with others. How do we put into words what the Lord means to us? How do we show his love by our actions? It can be overwhelming and it becomes easy to shut down and communicate as little as possible, like my friend did when she lost her voice. It is important to remember that God is encouraging us to speak to others about our faith.  In Mark 13:11 he gives words of confidence by saying, “do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.”

    At Haven of Rest, spreading the good news of Jesus Christ is a priority in our day to day mission. We strive to meet people’s immediate needs but also to start them on a path with the Lord that will carry them through the rest of their days. When this happens, those we serve will serve others and God’s Kingdom will spread like an unquenchable fire through those who are longing for a relationship with Him. Please pray that everyone at the Mission will find comfort in Mark 13:11 and speak confidently of our great and mighty God.

    Hannah Rodgers

    Communications Specialist