-Learn the language and culture so you can thrive in a cross-cultural ministry.
-Spend time in the community building relationships and sharing the gospel with others.
-Spend time serving people through a variety of projects and programs.
-Disciple new believers and see them begin to gather and grow as a spiritual community.
-Equip indigenous leaders to start multiplying culturally appropriate expressions of church.
-Commit to working on a team together with other global workers and national leaders.
-Commit to discover ministry partners who will pray and support you financially.
-Ability to adapt and be flexible in a different culture while maintaining the posture of a learner.
-Ability to learn a new language and communicate at a deeper level in that language.
-Ministry experience that demonstrates a commitment to evangelism and disciple-making.
-A supportive sending church that helps to discern and affirm your readiness to enter ministry.
-A bachelor’s degree with some formal Biblical training is preferred.
A STORY ABOUT WESTERN ASIA
John and Carrie spend a restless night in prayer for God’s mercy and protection as they reflect on the events that took place in John’s class just a day earlier. The daily call to prayer seemed more pronounced over the noise of the bustling city; yet another reminder that life in a Muslim country is not welcoming to Christians.
Serving as a teacher had been an adjustment for John since he and Carrie moved to the city with their teenage son. John’s class, populated by students close in age to his own son, emphasized the necessity of seizing the opportunity to be message-bearers in a Muslim context. Alongside her husband, Carrie chose to serve by working with a local group that ministers to families who have children with physical and mental disabilities.
Yesterday, in John’s class, a student raised his hand and asked John if he was a Muslim. Although a moment of fear came over him, John responded by identifying himself as a Christian. Those moments of preparation in asking God for the boldness and grace to respond paid off. Another student then asked John why he wasn’t a Muslim. Taking a few minutes to answer the student’s question before moving the class along, John was glad for the opportunity to openly share about his faith. However, he was plagued with fear and anxiety for most of the day because he had broken the school’s policy. In hindsight, John realized that it would only take one of those students telling a parent to put him in trouble with the school.
John couldn’t stop his mind from running through a carefully thought out response prepared in case he was confronted by either parents or the school’s administration. It seemed hard to rationalize God’s hand in the circumstance along with the reason for which the family was in the city. Were the seeds planted in that moment worth the risk of sharing?
Every day, John struggles with balancing the spiritual needs of his students against the trust placed upon him by those who hired him. While he doesn’t want to jeopardize his ability to stay in the city, John has constantly prayed for an open door to share the gospel. It seemed like God had chosen to answer his prayers.
As the family gathers around the dinner table, John leads them in prayer for his students, for the turmoil and violence surrounding the country’s elections, and for God’s protection over the family. They pray holding on to the promises of God, knowing that He has chosen them to be witnesses who carry the gospel to a hard place.
*Though based on probable events, this is a fictional account. In this access-limited location Encompass is not restricted to the types of ministry opportunities depicted in the story. Rather, it’s our goal to invite you into an unfolding story, of which you could become a part. If you have questions about other opportunities in this location, please contact us.