From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.—Acts 17:26-27
Mission strategy is dynamic in nature and ever evolving to accommodate a constantly changing world. Just 10 years ago my main method of communications was a rotary dial telephone and snail mail. Now with billions of others, I travel the Internet highway. Not stepping onto a plane until my adult years, I still find travel novel and exciting. My children recently explained to me that for them and their immigrant friends, constantly moving back and forth between countries and continents is in fact a ‘normal’ way of life. Indeed, world mobilization and communication have changed the strategy of missions. Rather than fear the changes as intrusions upon our own comfort zone, let's embrace them. Let's realize that God is about his purpose of spreading his love to all people.
A satellite transmission crosses oceans, countries, and governments. A man in the Middle East covertly uses his satellite dish and tunes in. He calls the number on the screen to ask questions about Jesus Christ and the New Testament. The telephone host offers to send him a Bible. There is no need because the man logs online to read the scriptures. A young man from Iran fled his country because he had been involved in anti-government activities. While at university, he had seen the Jesus film in secret, but it had not really affected him. He ends up in a refugee camp in Europe where he meets a couple of missionaries who try to share Christ with him. He isn’t interested and refuses to listen. After being released from the refugee camp he begins frequenting an English class at a social center located in the middle of an immigrant neighborhood. Conversations with a teacher lead the young man to Christ. Now a baptized believer he is a leader in the work for Christ. His testimony to God’s working in his life, “I had heard about Jesus in Iran and in the refugee camp. But I didn’t believe. Only after coming to the center was I ready to truly hear and believe. Why? Because this was God’s program.”
Each time I hear this man’s testimony, I am struck by his use of the word “program.” It explains this verse in a tangible way. God made all the nations. He determined times and places where men should live. He did it so men would seek him and find him. God has a program! Years ago the strategy of missions was to put as many people as possible in as many places as possible in order that all men could hear. Now God is using the Internet highway and the immigrant highway to bring men to us. God has a program!
Question: Whom is God asking you to speak with on the Internet highway or the immigrant highway as a part of his program?