Take Your Profession to the Unreached
Don’t Choose. Do Both!
Have you ever felt God tugging at your heart to GO and reach the nations? Perhaps one of the things you thought about was, “What about my career?” It used to be that people who felt called to GO left their profession, went to seminary, and raised support from churches.
It’s not like that today. You can take your career and be a part of a church-planting team at the same time as a Global Professional with Pioneers.
The Lord has given Mark and his family the privilege of serving more than ten years in the Arabian Gulf through Mark’s career as an engineer. He interacts with Arabs and speaks Arabic at work, and he takes advantage of opportunities the Lord provides to build relationships with his colleagues. “We go to lunch. I go camping with these guys outside of work. My work relationships lead to family relationships as my wife and kids interact with the families of colleagues, too.”
One day Mark greeted a new employee and noticed she was sitting in a hard-backed chair, not very comfortable or ergonomic. “What’s the deal with this chair?” he asked. She said her manager didn’t care, but whatever. “‘I care,’ I said, “How can I help you?’” Mark knew he could easily get another chair. “‘I tell you what. I’ll give you my chair.’ I tell you, it just struck her, it was an opportunity. It was one of those God moments.”
“She said, ‘You’re one of the most amazing… you’re the best Muslim I know!’ That led to an hour-long conversation about Jesus.”
A Juggling Act
Mark admits that being a global professional is a crazy life. “You work 40, 50, sometimes 60 hours a week and try to somehow find the energy to be with people at night, to spend time with believers, follow up with people who are interested, pray and plan, and also take time for your family. It’s a juggling act.”
“We live as workers in His harvest field, by His grace. It’s a great time to be a harvester. So I urge you to come. Come! We need more workers to labor. Use the skills that God has given you. Join what we’re doing here. It’s all for Him. The Lord has given us skills, and all that is for His glory.
“Come join us. We want you here!”
Would you like to know more about becoming a global professional?
- See also Opportunity – Building Bridges through Business.
- Check out resources about Marketplace Ministries, including our short online course, 6 Keys to Work & Business.
- For a great case study, read Threads: One Family’s Unlikely Adventure in Business, Mission and Church Planting.
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