An untapped goldmine
My name is Jessie, I’m from the USA and I live in Santiago, Chile. I have light hair and green eyes and with that I’m sure to get a few stares wherever I go. I have a broken heart for people who have not heard Jesus’ name yet and I am overjoyed to be God’s instrument in giving the world hope.
In February I moved in with my best friend. She’s Chilean with thick black hair and big dark brown eyes. One of her favourite things to do is sit around the table with a cup of tea and just talk. She teaches Spanish to Muslim women in Santiago and claims they have the best tea she’s ever tasted.
Before we moved in together I thought we had a lot in common, but since February I think we’ve both experienced quite the culture shock. Our cultures and how we were raised are actually quite different despite our similar personalities. Every day living together brings new lessons, frustrations and laughs.
One thing that her and I never get tired of talking about is world missions. We could talk for hours about countries still unreached by the Good News of Jesus Christ – and believe me – we do! Whenever we talk I just look at her, usually sitting on the floor with her cup of tea, and think: “this girl could fit in just about all of the countries we talk about.” What a gift!
Her passport has almost no restrictions, whereas there are many countries in the world that it would be difficult for me to get into. Her skin, hair and eyes make it so she can blend in in almost any country in Asia. Her culture of putting relationships first and highly valuing family would help her relate and adapt anywhere in the Middle East. She can do things that don’t come easily to me. She can go places passport restrictions make it difficult for me to go.
“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.” - Romans 15:20 (NIV)
Latin America is an untapped goldmine of Latinos just waiting to be sent out! But this doesn’t stop with Latinos! There are so many nations around the world that have been on the traditional receiving end of missions, but because of their skills, culture, priorities and language they would be so effective being sent out into missions themselves! Brazilians who speak Portuguese can go to Mozambique or Angola (and vice versa). People from Hong Kong can be missionaries in China, be allowed in easily, speak the language and understand the culture. God has a plan to make His name known all around the world, and His followers from every nation will play a huge part in it.
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” - Romans 10:14-15 (NIV)