Gift | Poverty | Service | Stewardship

Missionaries, like pastors, have to learn to cut financial corners and be good stewards. I read an amusing story about this dimension in the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in Malcolm Muggeridge’s touching book Something Beautiful For God: Once I had occasion to see her off, with one of the Sisters, at Calcutta railway station. It was very early morning, and the streets were full of sleeping figures; sleeping with that strange, poignant abandon of India’s homeless poor. We drove up to the station, absurdly enough, in a large American limousine which happened to be at my disposal. The porters rushed expectantly forward, and then fell back disappointed when I got out followed by two nuns wearing the white saris of their order, made of the cheapest possible cloth, and carrying for luggage only a basket of provision, most of which, I well knew, would be distributed along the way. I saw them to the train, and settled them…

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