Sustainable Transformational Me

Sustainable Transformational Me

Many mission trips are really Christian excuses to travel abroad. Do some physical labor. Meet some grateful people. (and wonder why these people who have less than me are happier than me). Get in as many pictures as possible with the locals. And boom, successful mission!

This is drive-by ministry. It does not create lasting change in the people that go on mission because it was never created to bring about lasting change in the people that are served. If you want to transform lives, something must be sacrificed, and that is especially true in the transformation of our own lives.

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From Maintenance to Mission at St Anthony's

From Maintenance to Mission at St Anthony's

The longer you are a Christian, the less non-Christian, non-Church friends you end up having. This is dangerous because you can get too comfortable. One nasty result of being cliquish church people is this tendency to start defining people as "us" or "them". It becomes easy to label people, to write them off, or to reject them if they do not fit into this or that category.

This is why evangelization and mission is so crucial to the life of the church. And by "church" I don't just mean the universal Church, but also our quaint little parish of 5,300 families. Missions revitalize us. Evangelization keeps us connected to the people and the larger world around us.

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