Sister Shrack, my companion, is always making fun of me and my umbrella. So this week I would like to take the opportunity to not only explain the importance of the Holy Spirit, but also the importance of my umbrella. My umbrella is what most Filipinos consider to be an "old lady" umbrella. It is big and isn't very compact, but it does keep me safe. It doubles as my weapon against ravenous dogs and creepy old drunk men. Everyone needs an old lady umbrella.
I am glad the work of the Lord is not about the numbers. It is not about how many souls we baptize or how many lessons we really teach. Do we track those things? Of course. Only so that we can become more effective representatives of the Lord, but this work is based on love. When you are a missionary and you look only at the numbers, all odds are against you. When you are a missionary concerned about love, you see the tender mercies of the Lord and the many ways in which he touches the lives of those around you. I am a missionary and I serve out of love.