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Another Call

Another Call
by Danny Tariman

“Behold, I am sending you out…” – Matthew 10:16

This is my second trip to Papua New Guinea.

The first one was “Mission Accomplished.” I was able to help the Charismatic organization in the archdiocese for two years, and ended my trip with a big bang — a huge Pentecost celebration attended by Catholics from all over the archdiocese.

I thought I was finished. But another call came: to set up The Feast in Port Moresby. There was literally no presence of the Light of Jesus Family in the city. I had to rely solely on the Lord to lead me.

In July 2011, I had an audience with the archbishop and presented to him a letter from The Feast founder Bo Sanchez about our intention to set up a local community. The archbishop immediately approved it.

Sometime in late August, I got a call from a “stranger” who traced me through my Didache reflection. We met, and he agreed to help build The Feast.

From a group of four friends, we had grown to 55 by March 2012, with twice a month Feasts. By the time you read this, The Feast should be held weekly.

Indeed, when God calls, He leads. The Bible says, “Do not be anxious… for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour” (Matthew 10:19).

Reflection: Do you sense a calling? Listen to God’s Word and command for you today.

Prayer: Here I am, Lord. Send me!

[This reflection was first published in Didache, 12 June 2013]

First Mission

First Mission
by Danny Tariman

“Set out for the great city… and preach…” – Jonah 1:2

I recall my first try to work overseas as I reflect on Jonah’s first mission.

I was hired as an IT manager of a leading retail company in Papua New Guinea. But in my heart there was a deeper mission: to spread the Good News.

My mission was a daunting task as I had no idea where to start. The city where I worked in was big. So I prayed. But for one whole year, I wasn’t able to preach. I continued to pray. After a year, doors opened wide. Opportunities to speak before various parish groups came. I became a regular preacher at the Diocesan Center for Renewal in the Archdiocese of Port Moresby. Eventually, I was chosen to head the evangelization ministry in the archdiocese.

Looking back, my first year was a time to acquaint myself with the local culture and traditions. I made friends with the locals and just allowed myself to be used as a channel of God’s love.

Thank You, Lord, for sending me to these people.

Romans 10:15 says, “How can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!'”

Reflection: What is your mission? Is it difficult? Just pray and continue to pursue!

Prayer: Lord, please strengthen me when I start to weaken, and encourage me when despair sets in. Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache 2015, Oct 4]