Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large, raging river. Needing to get to the other side, the first man prayed, “God, please give me the strength to cross the river.” Poof! God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim across in about an hour, nearly drowning twice. After witnessing that, the second man prayed, “God, please give me the strength and tools to cross the river.” Poof! God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across the river in about a half hour after almost capsizing once. Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed, “God, pleased give me the strength, the tools, and the intelligence to cross the river.” Poof! He was turned into a woman. She checked the map, hiked a hundred yards up the river and walked across the bridge in five minutes.
We know in our hearts that God has indeed given us the strength, the tools, and the intelligence to truly make a difference in the lives of the poor through our missionary efforts—together. Through our prayer, generosity, creativity, and hard work, those who have not heard of Jesus are evangelized, those who are hungry have food to eat, and those who are oppressed are set free.