Today when I was at work taking my afternoon break, I decided to check my email and Facebook accounts. Not finding anything too exciting in my email, I scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed and saw a Leah Darrow status which read, “I’m on the radio NOW with Wendy Wiese – call in if you have a question! Toll Free Call-in 1-877-766 3777 !”
Being a tad bit obsessed with Leah and her inspiring conversion story, I decided to call. Just a few seconds after dialing the number, an operator greeted me and asked why I was calling. “Um, I have a question for Leah Darrow?” I said becoming increasingly aware of my quickening heart pace. “Okay, what is your question?” the young male operator asked me. “Well, I’m just curious how one goes about transferring from a secular job into the world of ministry?” were the words that fell from my mouth, and I went with it as that has been a question on my mind a lot lately. “Okay, there’s just a few minutes left in the show, so your question might not get answered, but I’ll put you on hold.”
After a quick good bye, I learned that hold meant being able to listen to the live show, and I heard Leah dish out advice to an upset woman who was sobbing into the phone. Towards the end of their conversation, Wendy intervened with a, “Alright we have just a minute and thirty seconds left, but we have another caller on the line, Joan, who has a question.”
I honestly hadn’t expected that I would get to ask my question, so somewhat startled I started with a, “Wow, thank you so much for letting me ask my question…I’m just really curious about how one goes about trying to get into ministry work while working a secular job…” I really wish I would have written down exactly what Leah said to me (or what I said!), but the following is a summation of what I can recall:
“Evangelization does not just mean being a missionary – as Mother Teresa would say, “Evangelization starts with your neighbor.” If blogging is your passion, then write everyday, and keep writing everyday. If teaching is your passion, then go to your church and start teaching. You don’t need permission to evangelize. If there’s a topic that’s on your mind and it’s speaking to you, go out and teach it. It’s all about starting at home, though and going from there…”
Wendy brought Leah’s response to a close by suggesting I check out Leah’s website for more information, and before I could say thank you, the show was over. I ended the call and sat in my chair in disbelief. Did that really just happen? Did I just really get advice from Leah Darrow? Wow…
As I reflected on our conversation throughout the day, I came to the conclusion that this was really solid advice. Like really solid advice. And it made me think of the saints. Men and women who didn’t sit around and wait for permission before evangelizing. Or Lila Rose. A woman who dared to expose the happenings of Planned Parenthood. The list could go on and on…
The bottom line is this…while evangelization can be a grand affair, it does not have to be. It can be as simple as saying hello to a cashier at Wal Mart or smiling at the person who is sitting next to you in a waiting room. These small acts can speak just as loudly as the bold ones, so like Leah said, if there is something that you are passionate about, don’t be afraid to do it…you might just make a difference!