Let’s talk about emulsification—about MDS as an emulsifier. I am borrowing this concept from our former MDS Canada communications manager, John Longhurst, who first planted this idea.
What’s an emulsifier? It’s an outside agent used to bring two opposing elements together—elements like oil and water. We eat emulsifications when we enjoy hollandaise sauce or mayonnaise.
At MDS, we are emulsifiers for people! We bring together volunteers from different countries, states, provinces, regions, ages, occupations, genders, political views, churches, conferences, and theological beliefs. We bring them together for one common purpose: To help people get back home.
In some cases, volunteers may be totally opposite from one another in their viewpoints. They may see the world in totally different ways. They may vote differently, read the Bible differently and do church differently. They may disagree on who stands behind the pulpit, the type of church, or if worship is even in a church house. Sometimes they do that in ways that would prevent them from mixing with each other outside of MDS.
But through MDS they have a chance to serve together, talk to each other, get to know one another, exchange points of view and, hopefully, find commonalities despite those differences.
MDS takes people who might not always easily mix and combines them together to help people get back home.
What about you? Do you see yourself as an emulsifier? We are called to be part of God’s provision of love for the world. My prayer is that God's love shown through you will be an emulsifier, now and in the years ahead.