The volunteer who never prayed aloud

We help people at One Body by matching resources and needs. We answer our phones and talk to people who have heard that our churches help. Last year, over 2,000 needs were resourced by One Body with over half of those met by our partner churches.  I know that our ministry helps the people who call here and that’s important but I believe that listening to others changes all of us engaged in this work. 

One morning, while listening to one of our volunteers answer the phone, I heard her begin to pray with the caller. This particular volunteer told us when she started that she would help us as a receptionist and do office work, but she wouldn’t do intakes with our callers, or pray with them because she was bad at talking to people and she would NEVER pray out loud. 

We accepted her limitations and over the next three years, she happily routed calls and did other tasks. She was conscientious and delightful. However, she remained faithful to her declaration that she would not do the extended interview the other volunteers did and she never prayed out loud.

But one morning, I was startled to hear her praying with someone on the phone. She spoke quietly. Her prayer was short but powerful. She finished up the call and came into my office. “I prayed the caller because he was crying,” she said. There was a pause as she considered her words and when I looked at her there were tears in her eyes. “I’ve never done that before.” Then she said, “I didn’t know I could,” she said. “I cried too.” There was one more pause. “I will do that again.” She left my office.

I heard her often after that offering to pray with our callers. She changed, we all change when we allow ourselves to be tested by serving in the name of Jesus.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12: 2

MWP February 28, 2017