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The Lord uses marketplace sectors (Medical, Education, Science, Government, Media, etc.) to allow his people opportunities to serve and share with those living outside the reach of the Gospel; however in some Creative Access Nations (CANs) many traditional tentmaking roles are increasingly suspected of being connected to evangelistic endeavors.
We should, therefore, pray for the creativity of God’s people to discern new ways to take the good news of the Gospel to such nations. One area that has received a lot of attention has come from Christians who are asking how they can use business as a conduit to bring God’s blessing to the nations. Business as mission and tentmaking in CANs is important, as is the involvement of marketplace leaders in sharing their faith in and through the businesses they lead in open countries.
Pray for those people you know who are in business as a means of advancing the Gospel among the lost where they are and the unreached. One BAM practitioner writes that, particularly for those working in CANs, we should pray for four things:
- That the business platform would afford Christians opportunities to develop relationships with non-believers.
- That the business would help Christians establish a natural and valid identity.
- That the business would provide visa access to the country where they are serving.
- That the business would offer opportunities to bring God’s blessing to the nation of service.
What about you? Think of a handful of men and women you know laboring in the marketplace either in their home countries or abroad. Are they in business? Medicine? Education? The Service Industry? Manufacturing? Whatever their role, ask that God would bless their efforts so that men and women would come to know Jesus and that their immediate needs would be supplied to the glory of God.
This blog is a part of the Lausanne Global Prayer Focus. We invite you to journey with The Lausanne Movement in prayer throughout the month of May. This journey will be a personal one, and a collective one. It will be focused on the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, his good news for all people.
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