Times Have Changed!
We live today in a global era. Geographical borders have grown thin, and so have the differences between
job descriptions for local and foreign church workers.
Previously, foreign missionaries were expected to help spread the Gospel, to engage in such social and
economic development work which had direct impact on the living standards of individuals and families,
and to assist in the management of church‐related affairs. Otherwise, foreigners stayed away from political
action and personal development work, even with respect to such positive values as self‐reliance and
human dignity. National politics, community organizing, and agitating for the fulfillment of individual
aspirations were strictly left to local leaders, and even then, generally discouraged.
The job description of the modern “foreign” missionary would perhaps include truth‐telling on issues like
civil rights and just, equitable, participatory and sustainable development.
Becoming All Things to All Men to Save Some
Many church people used to be uncomfortable with this approach, but heed
must be taken to the Apostle Paul's philosophy of ministry ̶ “Though I am
free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as
many as possible... To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have
become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save
some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its
blessings.” [1 Corinthians 9: 19, 22‐23]
Many times, this means we need to move out of our “comfort zones” and
adapt not just our thinking, but our decisions and our actions in quite
“If your living for
Jesus does not cause
some sacrifice or
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A STORY WORTH READING
Fiction is make‐believe – it is just that: FICTION.
On the other hand, some stories which are true, are often more
difficult to believe than fiction.
The following is a true story, actually still in the making...
It really had its beginning in Ethiopia during the terrible famine
which took hundreds of thousands of lives. I was working with 100
Huntley Street at the time as Vice President for Missions with
several other responsibilities.
I saw and experienced what no eyes shouldeverhavetosee.
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