In 1 Corinthians 9:22, Paul says, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” In this passage, he talks about how he became “one-of” those he was trying to reach (weak to reach the weak, Jew to reach the Jews, etc.). As missionaries, we need to learn the language and culture in order to connect with the people we are living among. But, perhaps, often times we stop at language and culture and fail to see the many sub-cultures that are around us - the other areas where we can become “one-of”.
That is what we were contemplating about 9 months ago. Where is God leading us to become “one-of”? Close to our house is a baseball/softball club that offers opportunities for kids and adults. We’ve had a relationship with this club for about 5 years, but our connection points with the club were decreasing. How could we change this? That’s when we realized that God was calling Larry to become “one-of” the fast-pitch softball players. This was quite a challenge for him. Though he played softball for about 25 years, it was always slow-pitch. In addition, most of the guys on the team are about 17-25 years of age compared to Larry’s 44-year-old body. But, that is where God was leading.
What has transpired since joining the club (besides several days of aches and pains after games and practices)? Larry had the opportunity to invite one to the Alpha course they were offering, and opportunity to share with others about what they are doing here in Prague. One such opportunity sprang up out of nowhere as one guy was intrigued by what a missionary would be doing in Czech. This has lead to several times of getting together for lunch and chatting about life and God. None of this could have happened if we didn’t take Paul’s words to heart and learn to become “one-of” the many groups of people we live among.
- Larry Davies
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