"The most important outcome of our time in Dar es Saalam was developing a concept of mission. The mission experience confirms that you can put your trust in God. Difficulties and hardships are part of living, but they serve to help a person to grow spiritually when you have confidence that your work is in some small way a response to the will of God (p. 21)." "Working at soup kitchens and food banks is mission work. All volunteer work in the community is mission work. Knowing and accepting our responsibilities as good citizens, including our political responsibilities, is mission work. All Christians are missionaries when they allow their professed beliefs to govern their daily living. Mission is bringing into life the Great Commission through the power of the Holy Spirit."
A reflection from David and Patricia Dunnill, Volunteers in Mission from the diocese of Algoma, following their return to Canada after serving as co-principals of a school in the diocese of Dar es Salaam (now called St. Augustine's English Medium Primary School in Buguruni).
This letter was reprinted with the title "Concepts of mission" in the Winter 2004 (Vol. 11, No. 1) issue of Ministry Matters, p. 19.