Way Disciple—An Outlet to Serve in Love

One of the great truths I’ve learned from The Way Ministry is what God says about service. Before I learned this truth, I had a “self-service” mind-set. I didn’t see the freedom that comes from serving in love rather than out of obligation. “God first, others second, I am willing to be third” was a new way of living.

Learning about the example of Jesus Christ and his total service out of his love for God helped me grow in great ways. Although raised in a church, I wasn’t taught this concept. We were moved to serve out of obligation or guilt. The Way Ministry taught me the truths about service with God’s Word being the only source, and it changed my life dramatically from being self-centered to others centered.

Besides the ministry teaching me this truth, it has given me outlets to live it. The Way Disciple program is an example of that.

In 2008 my husband took a sabbatical from work, and our family went Way Disciple from the West Coast to the state of New York. Our three children were ages seven, five, and two when we left for our commissioning. The opportunity to make this big change in our lives with our family and serve God’s Word in a state very far and different from where we lived was truly amazing. This is something we could not have done on our own. The Way Ministry put all the Word, work, planning, and thought into the program so we could carry out the exhortation to speak God’s Word and serve in love. Going Way Disciple with our family is an experience I will never forget.

I will always be thankful for the ministry that taught me the Word regarding service and that continues to give me outlets to act on the Word I learn.

Motivated to Serve by the Example of Jesus Christ

I went to college—not because I had a great desire to, but because my parents exhorted me to. I felt that I was not ready to leave the protection and guidance of my parents’ home, but I did. While at college I realized I needed something stable to rely on while I was away from home. My parents had raised me in this ministry, so I figured I might as well see if this Bible and God thing really worked.

At some point I found myself reading through Jesus Christ Our Passover. I don’t remember why now. Reading this book gave me an enlightening and joyous understanding of God and His Word. I remember it well enough that I am now writing to share about it.

As I said, I was raised in this ministry. But there were a lot of things I missed learning along the way that I “discovered” in this ministry publication. Perhaps the greatest truth I understood from reading this book was what Jesus Christ accomplished for me and how he did it.

I learned how he had perfect blood. I learned how he was the Passover lamb for all mankind, and how he became the final sacrifice for all of mankind. I also learned of the great love he manifested in giving his life for us, his patience with Peter who would soon deny him, his healing Malchus’s ear in the Garden of Gethsemane, and his silence and patience in the face of unprovoked verbal and physical abuse.

If this is what he did for me so that I could be saved and have a relationship with God, then I owed him the world. I owed him my life. Yet, all God does is lovingly implore me to be a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).

Since reading this book, I have become a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have run to serve and have never looked back. As a result of the research that this ministry has done through this publication, I have a foundation to stand on and an avenue in which to serve.

I Never Looked Back

A year and a half ago, I resigned from a company I enjoyed working for in order to serve God. I moved across the country to serve as a Way Disciple and never looked back. When I left, I told God that when I returned I would need a career that would meet my needs that I could pursue for a lifetime. Upon returning home from Way Disciple, I was offered a job for which I hadn’t even applied. This job, my new lifetime career, is exceeding abundantly above all I could’ve imagined or asked for when I first asked for it! This has been an amazing example to me of what God will do for you when you put Him first, serve in love, and give with your whole heart!

Helping Someone Turn Their Life Around

I love God and our wonderful ministry of The Way. What a joy it has been for me to be involved for forty-five years now. I had the privilege of being raised in the Word. There are countless victories, too many to share. Which one will I choose? I ask myself. For me, it boils down to the Scriptures and speaking the Word. This ministry has taught me what I needed the most—the Word of God and knowing His will for my life. I understand and utilize the power of God. I understand and utilize that powerful name of Jesus Christ when I pray. The Scriptures talk about serving one another in love. I have done this a lot, even when I didn’t feel like it. Why? The Scriptures tell me to do so.

One way I have utilized the Scriptures is by believing God to reach hungry hearts. Here’s an example. I had gone door-to-door with a believer and we had lots of “no’s” that particular day. Well, I knew we were not done, and I said, “Let’s go to one more house.” We did and the person who opened the door didn’t look happy with us two ladies. He made it clear to us that he was an atheist and didn’t want anything to do with what we had to share. I brought up how God doesn’t want us to have any fear in life and that got his attention. We exchanged information, and it wasn’t long after that he began coming to fellowship. Then after months of attending, he decided to sign up for the Foundational Class. When he sat through the class, he was pretty distant until he learned that it was “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” This hard-core “atheist” began to have tears rolling down his cheeks, and of course I did too because I knew he got born again and the Word was healing his heart. This man went on to become a fellowship coordinator, and he has helped many people since then. I was thankful to have the Scriptures deep in my heart to push through the circumstances to be able to win him to the Word.

What a victory to know the Scriptures and be able to help someone turn their life around and live for God.

Experiencing Spiritual Growth

I have the joy and privilege of being in a family that has been a part of our incredible ministry since I was born. I have enjoyed going to fellowship my whole life—since I was a baby! Since that time, I have loved and grown to appreciate what a great honor it is to be a part of The Way International. Thanks to the faithfulness of the many men and women that have come before me, I have reaped the benefits of bountiful resources that our ministry has to offer. The focus on the Word, the Word, and nothing but the Word has so evidently been the driving force of the success of our ministry and the individuals that are a functioning part of it.

Throughout my entire life, I have witnessed how an accurate understanding of the Word can uplift, maintain, and advance the spiritual growth of God’s dedicated children. The time in which I have most clearly seen this growth experienced was during my tenure as a Way Disciple. I know that this growth occurred because I experienced it myself!

The ministry’s yearly theme during my Way Disciple tenure was Living God’s Love. I believe that this theme had a direct correlation and impact on the success that our team found in the six months that followed. During that time, I was able to make the Word my own like never before.

In our very first week, our team went to the local mall to go witnessing. Up to this point, witnessing had not been a strength for me. I mostly smiled and supported my teammates by praying for them and for the people that we met. Finally, toward the end of our time at this mall, one of my coordinators realized that I hadn’t spoken to anyone! She lovingly encouraged me to share one scripture with the very next person that I saw.

I was inside of a store and found myself right in front of a cashier. She was by herself, appearing to be busy and not looking like she wanted to be bothered. As I began to doubt, that same team coordinator popped right up and said, “Excuse me, ma’am, but my friend here has something to share with you.”

Now was the time (whether it felt like it or not), so I loudly recited the first verse that came to my mind. “III John 2 states, ‘Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.’”

There was a slight pause, and the cashier looked down to think about what I said. “Wow, I hadn’t heard that verse before. Thanks for sharing it with me!”

I was immediately relieved and encouraged that this woman was so receptive and hungry for the Word, even though I had originally assumed that I would just be a bother to her.

Over the next five months, the woman came to fellowships, study nights, and many more activities! She was lovingly undershepherded by the whole team. Later on, she signed up for our Foundational Class. When she completed the class, she shared at the final session. She poured her heart out and told us that she had prayed to God that someone would help her see God’s will for her life. She commented on how much we loved each other and how we interacted with one another like a family. She said that she had felt very lonely for years and all that she wanted was friends to grow with. Because of the Word she learned and the fellowship of the household, she felt accepted and a part of God’s family.

The Word of God that I have learned has made a profound and incredible impact on my life, one that continues to impact my walk to this day. One section of scripture that impacted me the most was Ephesians 4:1-3:

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

I witnessed firsthand that by answering God’s call to serve with meekness and by allowing His agapē love to be the driving force, I could successfully seek to keep and maintain the unity of our team and the hearts we won to God’s matchless Word, just like that cashier.

To this very day, I have seen great victories as a result of God’s people “endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” I look forward to continuing as a part of this wonderful and unified ministry for the rest of my life, helping others experience the same growth that I did, for another seventy-five years and onward!