Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.
In Boston we are celebrating “missions week” with a variety of speeches, conferences and presentations. This is a personal testimony from the variety of the Missions field. Many opportunities are available through www.ocmc.org.
Where else but through the Kingdom of Christ could a young country boy turned city slicker find the freedom of his soul again. Now, short-term mission trips are not to be seen as something ground breaking or something profound in terms of saving our brethren in Christ. More often than not they give more to the missionaries than they do to the native people. Yet the thing that they provide to all, is revelation of the human heart. To me this is the greatest single miracle involved in any spiritual endeavor because it is the acknowledgement of the Living Christ and his communion in all places.
In the desert I found people of the most mystical existence I have ever seen, in Alaska I saw a great interaction with our God though nature, and in the Balkans I saw how God triumphed over Communism. There is such a wide variety of experience and true revelation, which is the softening of the heart, in all the missions we fight for. Let no good deed go unnoticed and let no wasted time pass as we pursue the Lord. Praise Him in all places, give thanks to Him, and Glorify His name.
Moses said, “I pray thee, show me thy glory.” And He said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” He said, “you cannot see my face; for man shall not see me and live.” And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand upon the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.” (Ex 33:18-23)
The Lord shows us his glory in hindsight; we see the back of Him once he has passed by.
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