The Importance of Travel
The Importance of Travel

The Importance of Travel

This week I leave for Cameroon, Sierra Leone, and South Africa and I wish to ask for your prayers.

In Cameroon, I will join the DML Cameroon team to do some ministry with the Full Gospel Church, teach Economics of Hope, and do a training of trainers.  One of the DML team members recently lost her husband to cancer and another team members was kidnapped (and has since been released) just last week.  The conflict in Cameroon is now going on seven years without much change in sight.  We ask for your prayers as this team deals with these difficult and sorrowful events and seeks to trust God amidst hardship.

In Sierra Leone, we will be working with the Wesleyan Church who started DML last year.  More than 35 churches have completed a business month (four weeks of teaching/preaching/highlighting the God of Business and Work as Worship), and so we will be teaching the Basic Business Principles and finding a way forward to have a training of trainers for this denomination.  Please pray for this denomination as it seeks to make workplace discipleship an integral part of the local church.

Lastly, I will be traveling to South Africa, where DML has an opportunity to engage again with the Full Gospel Church as well as some other strategic meetings in that area.  As we continue to meet the body of Christ around the world who “speak the same language,” we continue to pray that God will show us how to link arms with the global church, while discerning how and where to spend our time, treasure, and talent.  I appreciate that for your prayers as well.

One of our DML partners posted the poem below about travel, which resonated with me and reminded me to be very grateful for the chance to travel and learn from people from so many different walks of life. Travel helps us to see many things, including that what we think is the norm is often not the norm.  It helps us to see that what we think is black and white is often not black and white.  It is invaluable to learning how to love your neighbor. And remember, traveling is not just getting on a plane or in a car.  Sometimes traveling is going right next door to people we don’t know, as the world (cultures and people) has come to each of us in many ways.

Gio Evan, poet and songwriter. Translated from Italian.