May 30, 2012 by Dwight Bernier
Last night in Montreal, we had a ridiculous amount of rain fall in a span of about ten minutes. At my house, the sewer caps shot off the sewers and my street became a river. It was intense to say the least.
Last night also happened to be our missional community gathering. We were meeting to go and help one of my neighbors fix up her backyard. But that got scrapped as the rain prohibited us from accomplishing anything outside. It seemed as if our plans to be “missional” in our neighborhood was going to have to wait for better weather. That is, until one of the guys in our group reported some of the businesses in our neighborhood being flooded due to the high levels of rain. One of the businesses put out a plea for help on twitter and we decided we should go and serve this business, which happens to be a taco truck/restaurant/kitchen.
It ended up being an awesome night. We spent about 2.5 hours cleaning with them and getting to know them. We got to hear stories of their lives, how they started, what their hopes and dreams are, and we just got to serve and explain briefly why we wanted to be there. It was a really fun night, which ended in being welcomed back any time, whenever we wanted.
I say all that to say this – being a missionary in your context means you need to be flexible, intentional and “in the know” about what is happening in your neighborhood. Follow businesses and organizations in your area or neighborhood on twitter and “like” them on facebook. You will get updates about what they are doing, what their needs are, what they hope to accomplish, and you can encourage them, pray for them, go to support them, and in times like last night, you can show up to serve them. Be willing to cancel what you were going to do in order to do what God is calling you to do that evening.
Remember, we follow Jesus on His mission, which doesn’t always fit perfectly in the schedule that we made. Sometimes God let’s us know what we’re supposed to be doing through a tweet.