Christmas Rosary Give-Away - by Karen
Of course, we can always spend our time praying. We can reach out to those we haven't talked to in a while to catch up and encourage one another in our faith. We can write letters. We can study our bibles, watch documentaries, and/or read about the faith as to deepen our understanding.
Back in November we were incredibly blessed to receive boxes full of (what seemed like) a gazillion homemade rosaries. Unsure of how we should go about getting them into the hands of those who could really benefit spiritually from this amazing gift, we sought the Lord. In prayer the idea came to us to organize a Christmas Rosary Give-Away event with the other FMC missionaries here in Puerto Rico. Collectively, we bought bags full of Christmas cards, printed off a page of instructions for how to pray the rosary, and wrote a letter to each recipient which introduced our families and explained the calling we feel to promote unity between the Protestants and Catholics here in Aguada.
A few days before Christmas all the missionaries gathered at our home and worked together to assemble the gifts. Following are some photos of our team effort:
When the members of Team Carmody decided to make rosaries they had no idea what the Lord would do with them.... and yet they made them anyway. They didn't worry about the details, but rather trusted that somehow they would help to bring people closer to Jesus. Many times people become paralyzed with indecision and end up doing nothing out of fear of not doing the "right" thing. Personally, I believe this to be the work of the devil. Jesus delights in our efforts to help spread His Good News and build His kingdom. We don't need to have big ideas and grand plans - because HE DOES. The success of God's plans are not dependent on our ability to figure it all out - we are just instruments in the hand of an Almighty Creator who simply looks for people who are willing to say "yes" without full knowledge of what that "yes" may entail. Jesus asks us to trust Him and promises to always guide the steps of those who surrender to His most holy will. I thank God for moving in the hearts of our team members who rejected the lie that during this time of quarantine they can't do anything to help others. I thank God for inspiring us to coordinate the Christmas Rosary Give-Away event and also for our amazing missionary friends who were willing to help make this day such a success. We pray that each person that received an envelope of rosaries is blessed by the gift and also that they follow our recommendation to give one of the rosaries to a friend, neighbor or co-worker to encourage them to pray as Our Blessed Mother has taught us. We pray for unity - not just here in Aguada, but throughout the world.
Thanks for reading about what the Lord did with the many, many rosaries our friends made. I hope that if you're feeling inspired to do some sort of project for Jesus that you'll simply say "yes" even if you don't have a full understanding of how it will all work out. Remember, you don't have to have big ideas or grand plans because God does!
Feliz Navidad, Karen