Ministry is Serving

One of the unsung heros of my recent trip to Belarus was a young lady who ministered for many hours each day without recognition and without thanks. She was not upfront speaking or ministering. She was not prophesying over those in attendance or ministering in a prayer line. But nonetheless she was ministering powerfully for the Lord at each and every service and event.

This young lady – my unsung hero – was sitting at the back of the conference each service translating what I was saying into a third language for those “listening” to her. Up front I was teaching in English and the person interpreting (there were four in total doing a wonderful job in helping me to communicate) was speaking Russian. The young lady at the back was signing – she was using her hands to speak to those in attendance who were deaf and often unable to speak as well.

She was keeping pace with a rapidly moving conference and sharing with a sizable group everything that was being said and sung. Amazing. Powerful. Emotionally and spiritually moving. She was the real hero of these sessions – the quiet and loving witness for the Lord who was not seeking recognition or thanks but was simply serving the Living Lord in her own ways as best she could. It was beautiful to see and be a part of. A real blessing.

Too often we are impressed with the person up front. They receive all the recognition and get all the praise for the conference’s success. Yet, there are so many quiet “little people” who make a conference or school a success.

In this recent trip there was the pastor’s wife who fed many of those in attendance even though finding a place to eat was the responsibility of those in attendance and not the organizers. She saw a ned and met it. There was the young man on the soundboard who missed two weeks of school to make sure things were heard and recorded. There were those who led worship three times a day – the worship teams being made up of a number of local churches and some leaders from other cities all working together. Then there were those who arrived late in the evening to clean the building for the next day … on and on the list of unsung heros goes.

My point – ministry is simply serving and many people serve and never get noticed but without them it would be impossible for people like me to minister and impact cities and nations.

So, thanks to all the unsung heros – God notices your selfless serving and is well pleased with your touching others with His love and in His Name. May we all learn from you that ministry is simply serving and may we serve others every opportunity we receive to do so.

3 replies
  1. Sergei
    Sergei says:

    That’s a great post. It is interesting that in Russian language we do not have two different words for ministering and serving, we have only one word. Therefore, to be a minister is not a position with some benefits and privileges. It is the commitment, when you often have to deny yourself and lay down your life for others.

    Recently I was reading an autobiography of one Chinese brother who spent many years in Chinese prison for his faith. He said something that really sobered me. He shared that when communists began their persecutions, many of the famous preachers and those who were upfront were not able to stand in the trials and renounced their faith. The real witness came from small saints who nobody really knew, and who were often despised. So the glamor surrounding the position is not always reflecting the true condition of our heart. Only the Lord is the ultimate Judge of who are real heros in His kingdom.

    And Brother Ralph, I really respect you! It’s wonderful that you come not just to minister yourself, but to train and release younger generation into their calling. Not many would do this. Thank you!

  2. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    So good to hear from you again… and thanks for the invite to your area of Russia to minister, by the way.
    I appreciate your comments re. my heart to train and release the young men and women into their callings for the Lord. That is my heart and my calling as apostles are called “to equip the saints for the work of ministry…” and so part of doing that (Ephesians 4:11) is to disciple, train, equip and mentor young people. It truly is my heart and I have given my life to it for many years and will continue to do so until the Lord calls me home many years from now.


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