We talk a lot about “business as mission” and even more so lately about “work as worship” which can be done in any workplace.
I received an email a week ago from our DML leader with the Christian Missionary Alliance (CMA) in Burkina Faso, Pastor Theo Pare, who has been asked to bring the “work as worship” message to the CMA in several West African nations. This email showed me the potential of “translation as mission” – yet another workplace where unique opportunities (coupled with obedience) opened doors to the work as worship message. Pastor Theo gave me permission to share his email with you:
I hope this message finds you well in God’s grace. This month, I unexpectedly attended an international Christian Missionary Alliance (CMA) conference in Monrovia, representing DML at President Job’s request. Surprisingly, I was chosen as the translator for the event, translating between English and French for eight days. This unplanned role turned out to be a blessing for DML, significantly increasing its visibility.
During the conference, missionaries shared impactful stories of integrating business and mission. When I presented DML, it resonated strongly with the audience. The Congo Church and Guinea Church expressed eagerness to adopt DML, with the Congo Church, known for its extensive medical centers and schools, enthusiastic about implementation. Guinea is considering sending a representative to Mali for DML training.
Burkina Faso and Mali, celebrating their 100 years CMA anniversary until year-end, propose holding the DML training after the celebration, around the beginning of the new year. This unexpected turn of events showcases God’s divine planning.
I appreciate your prayers and support, and I wanted to share the incredible impact of this trip. It was a testament to divine circumstances leading the way.
God bless you abundantly!
Isn’t that amazing? Pastor Theo is working fulltime with the Christian Missionary Alliance in Burkina Faso to equip every local church with this message. This position was created in part because there was increasing demand for this message from other West African nations and the President of CMA in Burkina Faso wanted to respond to that. Please pray for him, these open doors, and the opportunity for the flourishing of many as we begin to do our work as an act of worship, for the flourishing of all creation!
We can’t do this without the partners who help to support this work through denominations and churches across Africa and Asia! Tuesday is Giving Tuesday, and we hope to meet our year end goal of raising $80,000 in order to meet our 2023 budget and move into our 2024 goals with strength. Please prayerfully consider joining us – go to Donate – Discipling Marketplace Leaders for more information!