|Monastery Chapel, where we celebrate Eucharist.|
An unexpected twist is the bible college is pentecostal. After ongoing self-contemplation and discussion, Mangaliso feels a dissonance between his faith and the Anglican tradition. In his words, he feels called to a more evangelical approach to ministry.
|Monastery Lawn, where this conversation happened.|
As they were talking, the acting Superior of the monastic order (not just this monastery; the entire order) approached us and met Mangaliso with a hug. After being caught up on Mangaliso’s news, he showed similar excitement and support as Br. John. With Mangaliso’s permission, the Superior led us in a wonderful, sincere prayer of support for Mangaliso on his journey.
..I love this story. Mangaliso and the monks treated their denominations as brothers of a family, rather than competitors in a battlefield. From my perspective, Mangaliso was cultivating his personal faith and being honest about where it was taking him. Isn’t that a mark of a successful ministry?
Several approaches to “mission work” involve ‘changing’ people. I’m privileged to help re-define this term to mean a ministry of presence. Rather than preaching a particular lifestyle, we instead focus on being with them and helping any way we can. The key, in my experience, is to be sincere: We should genuinely desire to simply be a loving presence in their lives.
Just some reflections from a missionary [of presence] :)
“I used to want to fix people,
but now I just want to be with them”
-Bob Goff, Love Does