When the Members are the Missionaries: An Extraordinary Calling for Ordinary People
Living the Gospel: A Workbook for Individuals and Small Groups
Jim Bullard, an ex-ferry boat owner, has taught English as a second language for 13 years at the Incarceration Facility in Mineville, NY. Run like a boot-camp, qualified prisoners serve six months and, if satisfactory, are paroled. His students are usually under 25, come with all levels of education, and are weak in English – so weak they cannot reach the seventh grade level required to take the GED course for a high school diploma. Some are single, some are married. All have a fever to improve their English. Jim improvises his Spanish as he goes along.
00:00 – Jim and details about the class
01:30 – What the course does for them
02:25 – How Jim sees God at work here
03:17 – How telling the story helps Jim
04:21 – What the story might do for viewers
05:00 – They have the lowest recidivism rate
05:54 – Thanks, Jim
[The Rev. Roger Alling; Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree, Former President, Episcopal Preaching Foundation, Inc., Author, and Speaker; Lent 4, Year A, John 9:1-13 (14-27) 28-38.]
John’s story of the man born blind addresses both our own spiritual health and our mission to build spiritual health in the wider world.
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“This approach encourages every member, lay or ordained, and every congregation, no matter how large or small, to engage directly and immediately in meaningful Christian work and witness. It is deceptively simple but profound.”
– The Rt. Rev. Joe G. Burnett, Asst. Bishop of Maryland
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