By Chris Meehan
“So what do you have to do to join this thing? How do you get in?,” asked Devon Wallace. He had just spent the afternoon knocking on doors alongside Evansville missionary Rus Lyons.
“Well, we’re part of an ecumenical, charismatic, covenant Christian community,” Rus began.
“I don’t know what any of those words mean,” Devon said, “but I’m in!”
Earlier that day, Rus was getting ready to hop into the missionaries’ minivan and head to Rockport, Indiana, a nearby town where a few other missionaries were already knocking on doors. Then he remembered Devon, a 31-year-old Christian who had been coming to the men’s group meetings the missionaries host. Rus called him and asked if he’d like to tag along for the day’s mission work. “I’m leaving in five minutes,” Rus said.
Devon agreed, and a few minutes into the 35-minute drive burst into spontaneous prayer. “Thank you, Lord, for sending this man of God to pick me up so we can go do your will. This is awesome!”
“Someday Devon may come underway,” Rus remarked later. “But for now, I’d have to say I agree with him. He’s one of us. He really loves God and he loves us and what we’re doing. We're including him in our plans for the future in Evansville.”
Devon has already joined the missionaries for a second afternoon of knocking on doors.