Mary Magdalene was forgiven of so much. She became an ardent follower of Christ. Jesus said, “Those who are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance,” (Mark 2:17).
Let’s do outreach for our church. Hmmm. Let’s go see the fine, upstanding folks that look like us, talk like us, are economically established, and won’t lessen our church’s reputation. I know! We should go visit the neighborhood “Mary Magdalene.” Sounds pretty normal at your church, right?
It was a blessing to visit with a woman I’ll just call Mary (no, not her real name!). Pastor Marcos has been cultivating a relationship with her and her family for some time. We got to be part of that process. We went to Mary’s house with and without.
We went without accusations or demands. Many people like Mary want out of a downward spiral. She does. Sometimes they gain the courage to reach out for help. Reaching out to the church for help has been met with harsh words, anger, and sometimes being chased away.
We went with acceptance and gifts. We took clothes for the children. She was given a quilt, education kits for the kids, health kits, and a solar light for her home. YOU enabled us to minister to her. Our kindness (yours and ours!) was met by a cup of coffee and some conversation. In that conversation, I asked Mary if I could tell her why we came. With her permission, I shared the Gospel with her. We heard what the Apostle Paul heard from Agrippa, “I am almost persuaded.” Please pray she becomes fully persuaded!
Others like Mary have come to Christ. They often turn into incredibly effective missionaries. They can reach others who are still in the former lifestyle. That is our prayer for Mary. I can see the day she is bringing other “Marys” to the Hope Mission in Brizas del Mar.
Soli Deo Gloria!