To the ends of the Earth

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When we talk to people in our home churches, a regular comment is, “I couldn’t do what you’re doing!” We often want to reply, “We aren’t that special – just doing the same as you but in a different country.”

Wherever we are, and whatever our particular gifts and talents, God’s call on each of us is to share the gospel. 1 Peter 3:15 asks each of us to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…” Perhaps people think of the context we live in and see danger, they believe the media portrayals of Muslims and expect people here to be radicalised and closed to the Word. But actually, sharing the good news here is probably easier than for you at home. Here, people are eager to talk about God. He is mentioned in almost every conversation. And we can provoke interest and discussion about deeper matters by starting our own conversations with, “This morning when I was praying…” That wouldn’t lead people to think we’re weird, they’re more likely to think they have something in common with us, and from those points of commonality we can then discuss the differences. In those differences we get the opportunity to share about hope, and about the assurance of our salvation – the words of life of Jesus Christ.

Because there’s no one else

Rex & Ruby felt led to move to their town because the research told them there were no Christians living there. Now they are encouraged to hear that there are three local believers meeting together. Their work includes finding other locals whom the Father is drawing to himself and encouraging them to share with their friends and family too.

But I’m not a business person

Generally, our lives here are not that different to yours in the UK. We need to have a reason for being in this country so often that means running a business. Perhaps now you’re definitely thinking, “I couldn’t do what you’re doing! I’m not a business person”, but it’s easier than it sounds. For a start you wouldn’t be on your own. Other missionaries would be able to help you through the bureaucracy and guide you around common pitfalls. And if business is definitely not for you there are still ways in which you can serve in North Africa. Many people here want to learn English, or they need access to services in English for their businesses. Could you use your language ability to join us and be a part of serving our community?

Could you?

  • Set up a scuba diving centre
  • Run a water sports business
  • Own a mountain bike shop, and offer tours & repairs
  • Rent motorbikes and offer tours
  • Open a café for ladies and run craft sessions
  • Curate an art gallery

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