Mark 6:7-9 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits. These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt.
One of the things that impressed me about the NCW is that once a year they would evangelize in two by twos following the instructions of Jesus to His disciples when He told them not to take any bag or money. I have seen Jehovah Witnesses going out from door to door. They have with them their cars, wallets, and bibles. Once a year, the RMS priests and seminarians would go out in two by twos for about two weeks. But they carry only a plane ticket or bus ticket to take them to their destination and back, a passport, and their bible. They do not bring their wallets or money, and they do not bring any luggage.
This year, they will be doing that again. The itinerants, seminarians, priests, and families in mission will be meeting in Newark on July 9th in the evening. They will be sent out to all corners of the United States. They will go out without any money or food, just a plane/bus ticket and their passport. On July 25th, they will return to Newark to relate their experience on how God has provided them regardless of the fact that they brought no food or money with them. They are important witnesses to everyone. In the past, there were some priests who have shared their experience with the communities. I still remember Father Jucutan's pizza story. :-)
Some people may criticize the Way for evangelizing in America. Well, Christianity in America has decreased according to statistics. We are all called to be God's light. We should not hold back in sharing the Gospel just because we are in America (or even in Guam). People in America are just as much in need of Christ as they are anywhere else in the world.
Also, this September Pope Francis will be coming to Philadelpha for the Family Day and for the canonization of Father Junipero Serra. He will meet with the families on September 26th and 27th. Kiko, Carmen, and Father Mario will be meeting with the families and the youth on September 28th. The meeting will be presided by Archbishop Chaput, and there will be many Cardinals and Bishops. These are historic events and the communities are invited to participate.