• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Ministry practice 1.8

What is that we actually do as cross cultural workers?  The CPM Roadmap (like the WT Continuum) makes an attempt at ‘painting a picture’ to describe the ministry in which we are engaged.  It is a good model, a good framework from which to work.

Could we look at cross cultural ministry from another perspective or outlook in order to help better grasp the task or the journey that we are on?

The first step is to engage others in spiritual conversations.  The second step we take in cross cultural life and ministry is to encourage others to read God’s story contained in the Bible. In order to point people to God, we need to bring them in contact with this living God.  So we need to invite people to hear or to read His story.

There are many ways this can be done.  This can be done individually by giving a person a copy of God’s story.  Or, we can ask if they would like us to read the story with them (see the example of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch in this regard).  Or we can give them a media version of God’s story which would allow them to listen multiple times to the same stories. The key is to invite people to interact with and discover for themselves the God of the biblical story.

We recently had dinner with a couple who have moved here from another part of the world.  They were sharing their spiritual journeys and their ongoing concern for other family members who did not have a relationship with God.  Their daughter recently moved to where some extended family members live.  Each week, after her university studies, she would swing by to visit.  At one point, the conversation was drawn to the Bible.  She asked if her grandmother had read the Bible, to which the response was: “no”.  She immediately offered to read the Bible with her.  The invitation was accepted, and a number of weeks later, her grandmother walked into the arms of her new found Savior.

We engage people in spiritual conversation.  We invite them to discover for themselves God’s story.

What else do we do?   We pray because we need God to open the conversation.  We depend on the Spirit for the courage to offer, to invite others to read His story.  We trust that God’s Spirit will open blind eyes to see and to hear the words of redemption in that great, great story.

 

2 Responses

  1. I appreciate the reminder to simply “share the story” of the Bible with the folks we work & serve with. As CP’s, even this process has to be intentional as we think through sustainability and reproducability. We have illiterate women in our Bible studies who want to study God’s Word – so we are exploring the ways to provide that, without them depending on us (& our resources) to keep it going in the years to come. We can read it to them, but wouldn’t it be more prudent to train up literate church leaders who can teach the Bible and teach the skills needed to read. There doesn’t yet appear to be a dirth of media options available in our country, but we are exploring this potential as well. Just a reminder that even as we share the story…we always have to be looking ahead to how they will also share the story in the future.

    • Excellent comment. There are some interesting ideas being used in Africa. So, you might want to connect with R & P there for more info. Sometimes, it’s a matter of finding someone who can ‘tell’ the story in linguistically and contextually correct ways, and then a media device can be used to continue to spread the Word. Keep mining for ideas!

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