Ministry. That is a big word. One I usually associate with a big group of people. Or maybe to describe someone who leads a congregation. Certainly not me.
What about Micro-ministry? I first heard that word a few months ago. I was driving across the state by myself, listening to a program that was talking about just that. The woman was describing different people in her life who did things that may have not seemed like anything special..or even anything close to being considered a ministry however they touched many lives and in that instant the people were able to even just for a moment talk to them about God. She talked about the cake lady who every day made at least one or two in the even that it was someones birthday, someone was in the hospital, someone was sick... or the gum lady who at church always has a purse full and the kids knew it and with the sticks she doled out she gave them snippets of love and Jesus.
I know people like this...
Mr. Barney...the man at church who drives bus and takes kids to our local roller rink for a Christian skate night, and tells them about Jesus.. That is his ministry
The woman I met at a craft show last fall....she had a beautiful hand painted purse and when I asked her about it she said she buys them at Goodwill and then paints them and when someone comments she gives it to them (presumably they are women) and she tells them that she loves them and so does God and prays with them.
The man at Mott (I assume he is a professor?) who twice now I have passed in the hall, sitting and talking to a student and have heard him say that God has plans for them, and do they attend church.
So what could my ministry be? Do I have one? Let's just say evangelism is not my strong suit. I cannot imagine going up to someone and asking them if they know Jesus. If someone asks me What I can do? There are people I know who know their calling, not just pastors but people who use their gifts in a way that exudes Jesus. I really don't know if God has given me any signs or if he has I haven't heard him. One thing I can do is invite people to my church. I have done that for the past year, some have come once or twice, some are now regular attenders and some I am still working on. I can find people in my life who I think need Jesus and encouragement and ask them to come with me.
The one other thing that I feel God has put in my heart is a missions trip. At one time in my life the idea of traveling to another country to serve people who were not here in my own neighborhood, county or state seemed ludicrous to me, Why would I need to help those in a foreign country when people here need help? The more I thought about it and the more exposure I had to people who had gone I realized that they are the ones who need our help more than people here. More times than not their government gives them no assistance, no help. What we do can make a huge impact on their lives. So now I am feeling I need..,.I have to go somewhere. Hopefully to Swaziland next year with my church.
So maybe I do have a version of a micro-ministry...a micro-micro ministry???