I've been making my way the past few days through a book entitled "Finding Calcutta" by Mary Poplin. Ms Poplin is a professor at Calaremont Graduate University in California who spent two months volunteering at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. Needless to say, it was a life changing experience for her.
I'm nowhere near finished with this little book and yet I find my thoughts fixed on Mother Teresa's Calcutta. There are not many "famous" people in the world of religion I hold in high esteem, but Mother Teresa is certainly one of them. What a truly great woman of God! What a pure example of unconditional love in action.
How often have I longed to go to far away places to be a witness and missionary to the people of that land!
I've come to the realization though that the more difficult task and challenge lies closer to home. Ministering and witnessing to my family, friends and neighbors.
Poor, lonely and heartbroken people surround me, as well as those that are dying. I speak especially of those who are dying of spiritual poverty, poverty of the soul. They need Jesus. They need to SEE Jesus. How daunting is the notion that I am quite possibly the only Jesus someone will ever see. My actions and deeds, the only bible they may ever read.
Without a doubt I've been called to the mission field of "Calcutta".
I've just never thought that "Calcutta" could exist right outside my very own front door. What a revelation!
How about you dear friend, have you located Calcutta?
"They that be whole, need not a physician" Matthew 9:12