It was amazing when Jesus sent the early disciples out in the mission field! “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them:’Take nothing for the journey’--no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. ‘Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town‘” We may say that was then and this is now or we may say that this was the 12 disciples and not me.
We may say that, but when you read about the missionary work of Wyneken it is amazing – leaving the friendly confines of Germany – traveling to the foreign and strange land of America – riding around with yellow pants and doing ministry in rugged Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and other states. This was not for the faint of heart! We all know a variety of struggles that were a part of the life of Wynekan, but we also see and know how God blessed his work.
Epiphany is a great time to think of the missionary work that has happened in the past and also commit ourselves to the missionary work of today! Missionaries around the world work daily in many mission fields. We are called to minister faithfully and vigorously in our own mission field. May God grant us the joy and faith to do it well.