Missionary Soul

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Time is passing and within a few months the GMF class 2014-2016 will be heading back home. For the most part, I think it is fair to say that we are all thinking about what is next and how we are transitioning back to where we all came from. Because of all of these emotions I started to think back on how I felt in August 2014 when I first got to my placement site. It led me to think about a song that I heard a few weeks after I arrived in Buenos Aires called “Alma Misionera (Missionary Soul).” I see this song as a prayer song to God. It talks about being sent out to where people need God’s love and being the hands to take his love to where they don’t know him yet.

This is a translated version….

God, take my new life before the wait becomes tiresome. I’m willing to do anything that you need me to do no matter what it is, call me to serve.

Chorus: Take me where people need to hear your word, need strength to live, where hope is missing, where happiness is missing just because they don’t know about you.

 I give you my sincere heart to scream without fear about your greatness Lord. My hands will not be tired, your story will be shared and prayer will give me strength.  

Chorus: Take me where people need to hear your word, need strength to live, where hope is missing, where happiness is missing just because they don’t know about you.

Marching I will sing, in the streets I will preach of how great your love is. God, I have a missionary soul, lead me to the land that thirsts for you.

Chorus: Take me where people need to hear your word, need strength to live, where hope is missing, where happiness is missing just because they don’t know about you.

 I love this “prayer song” and can sing it from my soul, but now makes me think further. Not only did we go to serve, advocate, preach, love, etc. We were preached to, served to, and taught many things in our two years. “Missionary Soul” is not only about giving and serving, it’s about learning to receive the same things and living in community with people. Being a missionary for one or two weeks, a month, a semester, a year or two etc is not the main focus. What I think is most important is to see how God has used this experience for us to grow closer to Him and to want to know more about all the things that are going on in our world. Let our prayers be to continue having an open heart to people, stand up for justice, advocate and to see what needs to be seen, to hear and to be heard, to love and to be loved.

 

Paola Ferro10560573_689924984409101_1773732067518427685_o
CREAS, Argentina
Global Mission Fellow, Class 2014
Advance #3021969

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