“The Bible tells us that God gives everyone gifts and talents. He also tells us to share our gifts and talents.” Every student was listening intently and taking notes as our culture class instructor began the class. She continued, “What are you good at?” The students took a moment to respond. For most of them, it’s counter-cultural to talk about oneself in this way.
Finally, one said she was good at cleaning house and another mentioned her talent for cooking dolma (a Middle Eastern dish of stuffed grape leaves). Others piped in with sewing, painting, and even singing.
Then the instructor introduced the day’s special guest, saying, “Mallory has a talent for cutting hair.” They talked about the special talents involved in being a hairstylist, including all the tasks she must know and the education involved. Mallory shared 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV), “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Then she offered her services to the women for free.
They were excited! In this room with only women, the long-time students boldly began removing their head coverings and asking questions about their hair. The newer students were slower to respond, but eventually, everyone openly discussed cutting, coloring, and even highlighting their hair. Mallory gave advice on good products to use and scheduled appointments in many of their homes.
About four years ago, Mallory’s health began preventing her from going on the international mission trips she loved. She became depressed and thought, “What good am I?” But through KIN, she found a way to use her talents for God’s glory, blessing internationals without ever leaving Knoxville.
The students got the message, too. The next week, two students presented our instructor with a pan of dolma and a hand-sewn keychain. “We want to share our talents with you,” they said as they proudly presented their gifts.
READY TO BE INVOLVED?
What are your talents? Have you considered how you can use them to bless others? “Hairdresser” isn’t on our list of volunteer needs, but it was a great fit for our culture class. Your talents are definitely a good fit, too. Start the volunteer application on our How to Volunteer page so you can then sharing your gifts and talents with international friends. They are sure to share theirs in return!
Watch God work!
God is at work through KIN in metro Knoxville! Explore these stories of churches, volunteers, and others representing Jesus among our international friends and neighbors. You may recognize a situation or place.