God has called all of us to share in reaching all peoples. Currently, almost 6800 unreached peoples comprising over 4 billion people do not have a strong enough church to reach them. Of these, about 3100 peoples comprising about 200 million are unengaged with no Biblical gospel witness. In addition, most Western nations are rapidly becoming unreached. (www.peoplegroups.org)
All these peoples live in nations which are open even to Christians who bring needed expertise, knowledge, and trade. Many nations are closed to religious professionals, but are wide open to non-religious professionals of all kinds. We have helped kingdom professionals, including business people, bless some of the most restrictive nations like Libya and N Korea. We know of no country closed to Christian professionals. If you’re willing, you can go.
God asked Moses at the burning bush, “What is that in your hand?” Moses answered, “A staff”—the tool of his shepherd profession. God then used it supernaturally to free the Israelites. God asks us, “What is that in your hand? A computer? A wrench? A scalpel? A paint brush? An apron? What profession? Throw it on the ground that I may use it—to glorify me, bring blessing to a broken world, and draw people to myself.”
God can use any profession we give to him. This means integrating work and faith, demonstrating the gospel through our work and sharing Jesus in our everyday relationships on the job and in the community. Then as people respond, we help them discover Jesus in the original record and come to him.
A Fulbright civil engineer teaching in Kazakhstan recently wrote from Istanbul, where he taught before:
Hordes of people—in metro stations and cars, on ferry boats, indolently walking the streets in the relative dearth of tourists (due presumably to the latest bombing this past week)—dour faces all. “Sheep without a shepherd” kept coming to mind.
Something someone said 10 years ago came to mind as well: a small point of light shines a lot farther to dispel the darkness than when clustered together with lots of other small points of light. There are not many points of light in this city of 20 million.
Traipsing around this past week revealed there are even more universities in the city with Civil Engineering departments teaching in English than I had realized. One department chair asked for my résumé since he needs 2 more profs. But even if job offers didn’t work out, I could live as a “retiree” more cheaply here than at “home.” Decent housing is very affordable. What an adventure! Can’t think of any better way to “retire”.
Overall, there are over 100 universities here! What opportunities! Is anyone else out there reading this hearing this call?
So, would you say to Jesus, “Lord, if you make it clear, I am willing to go wherever you lead to reach lost sheep whether across the hall or across the world?”
(Fulbright awards are easier and more diverse than most people think. We will post info on GO’s website soon. To get it sooner, contact us.)
Picture used with permission from www.peoplegroups.org/ (IMB)