What does this Quote Have to do with Missions?

“Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering and the lonely right there where you are.” ~ Mother Teresa

Some might here this quote and say, “Why was Mother Teresa discouraging people from addressing the great poverty in places like India?” That is a good question. Many people came to seek her out and get the experience of serving the poor in Calcutta along with her.

But let me ask you this question, “If I’m not willing and actively serving the poor in my home town, then what right do I have to serve them anywhere else?” This isn’t to say we should not have cross-cultural missionaries. But I am saying that when we go, it must be out of an authentic calling that has permeated every part of our lives.

If I am not willing to serve the sick or the poor in Des Moines, Iowa, then why would God as me to do so in Calcutta?

Where are you today? Where do you feel God wants you to serve? Don’t wait till your big opportunity to serve in some large or recognized way. Start serving today, where you are and then let God lead you to the mission field as you grow in your passion for the cause he has put on your heart.