This is a story of a Business as Mission (BAM) practitioner on the field using business as a mechanism for planting the church in areas of the world where you can’t do that with traditional missionary methods. In order to protect the work being done we will not be sharing their names or specific locations for their protection.
“Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.”
Fall is upon us and the rains are coming down here in Northern Africa. Winter season means rain and cold winds from the Mediterranean. It floods the streets and if you don’t have good rain boots, you get used to having wet toes. Tourist season is over so the streets aren’t as crowded, but you still see people walking them, getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible.
Just a few hours away from here in the mountains it snows, and the winter girl in me itches to get over there at least once to see it fall. Down south you get desert and more desert, not a whole lot of rain, and definitely not snow. It gets brutally cold at night in the desert but warms up real quick in the day.
The diverse terrain means diverse weather. It mirrors the people of this country beautifully. The multiple dialects of Arabic, the many people groups, the many different cultures that make up this land – it’s a beautiful thing.
Our lives mirror the changing of seasons in so many ways. The season of childhood, youth, adulthood. The season of being single then dating, new marriage, babies, not new marriage, grand babies . . . you get it. Every season comes with amazing experiences, but also can have deep loss.
Life and then fatigue.
Joy and then unspeakable sorrow.
In a nut shell, it’s life and it’s universal.
I see the same seasons happening here with my local friends and their families. I am constantly reminded living here that I have a constant source of shelter in the changing seasons – Jesus. I truly can’t fathom making it through a day without Him. Yet, the vast majority of these people are still unreached.
People have no concept of who Jesus is, what He did for them on that cross so many years ago and what He still desires to do today. That is why we are here. To show the world what living for Jesus, trusting Him through every season, looks like.
Will you pray with us as we work here? Will you remember us as we represent Him to this world? We are seeing movement here with new believers coming to Jesus. We know of three new followers of Jesus from just the last few weeks, all three direct results from workers on our team. We rejoice with them and we pray now for a strong national church to come together to help disciple them.
Will you please pray with us to see that happen? He is here. He is moving. He is performing miracles and revealing Himself in dreams and visions. And we are rejoicing!