When I joined campus, I wanted to be a member of the praise and worship team, because I believed I could sing. There is nothing to be embarrassed about, I thought I was what that team needed, hahaha. So one evening I went to the chapel, maybe they were having some practice session and I would just join them and before they knew it, I would be leading the team, I always imagined myself as the soloist. Who remembers the back up vocalists anyway? So I thought.
Luckily, I found a group of students in the chapel, and I knew they must definately be the praise and worship team. I joined them and sat at the back waiting for them to start singing, then I would join in and my voice would definately stand out. Again, hahaha. So I waited, and waited, and waited. They were having some sort of Bible study, then prayed, then they started assigning each other roles that I did not understand.
Ladies and gentlemen, that is how I joined the ‘service team’ a ministry that was in charge of the chapel storage, which had, musical instruments, hymn books, holy communion material and every other chapel equipment, Our role was to wipe the chapel benches, make sure the guests were served with water and refreshments after the service. We were the ‘church nobodies’ who would do all the donkey work and everyone else gets the praises. The final one…hahaha.
Do I regret. No! Never! For four years, that was my happy place, the meetings, the Bible study, the prayers, the service to God and service to man. Our theme verse was derived from Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” When we had to clean and wipe on Saturday or Sunday morning, I learnt to do good when no one is watching. When no one came to say ‘thank you’ I learnt to do good without expecting applause. In the list of the things I miss about my campus life, Service Team is at the top.
As I write this, I have seen God answer the prayers I made while wiping chairs. I have seen God lift me. I have seen and keep seeing the fruits of being a servant leader. The reward is REAL!
This is for you who feels the least. Your service is not recognized as much. You are always toiling when no one is watching. You go through hard times but that never stops you from serving. No one wants to join you, you are very few, you get overwhelmed and tired. You work hard and joy riders get the credit. Well, you are at the right place. Don’t give up. The reward is REAL!