Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to the Dominican Republic on mission with several college students. As part of our mission work, we visited in a school for children with special needs, Centro Especial Genesis. On our first visit to Genesis, we took lots and lots of bubbles for the students to play with.
I was most fascinated by a young boy who blew bubbles for almost the entire 90 minutes we were at the school. After an hour or so, I approached the young man and asked if he could make a big bubble. He looked at me with a confused expression, so I said, “Grande?” His face brightened as he said, “Ahhh! Una grande!” And then for the next 20 minutes the little boy with cerebal palsey tried over and over again to blow big bubbles. Most of the time he would get a big bubble going, it would pop before it got off the wand. But the excitement never waned; with patient, persistent enthusiasm, that young man worked over and over again at “Una grande!” A big one! The sight was amazing.
Part of our calling as Christians is to share the Good News, to “make disciples.” In my experience, sharing the gospel message is never a quick and easy task. The work of Kingdom-building requires a patient persistence grounded in love and shared always with excitement and enthusiasm. Indeed, sometimes our efforts will “pop” in our face, but that shouldn’t distract us from the ultimate goal because we do, after all, work for “The Big One.”