“Oh, no, no, I cannot take that. It is too dangerous in my country to have this,” the man responded, kindly but emphatically, as I offered him a New Testament in the official language of his native country.
His country’s laws did not allow people to give and receive Bibles. But when we were having this conversation, we were in another, more free country. I quickly discovered that this man’s native language was not what I had originally offered him, but an indigenous language.
I quickly pulled out a copy of God’s Word in the man’s heart language. His face lit up. In spite of his earlier expressed fear, he was so excited to see this copy in his own language that he took it happily from me and left.
I will most likely never see that man again on earth. But because God led a group of college students (including me) to serve one summer, that man – and literally thousands of others – have their own copies of the Word of God. If it were not for this project, in all likelihood most of those people would not have access to God’s Word, much less in their own languages.
The Lord used that summer to get the gospel in the hands of thousands of people, and at the same time to direct my own life. His heart is for the nations, and His heart is for His children – all to His glory.His heart is for the nations, and His heart is for His children – all to His glory. Click To Tweet
God used that experience to radically shape my life and my understanding of Him, and He can use you in this way, too. More than that, He actually wants to. God’s desire – His command, even – is for all of His followers to join Him in fulfilling the Great Commission.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
– Jesus, Matthew 28:18-20
The International Mission Board exists to do this very thing. Our vision is a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ.
The IMB has hundreds of ways for students and young adults like you to be part of fulfilling the Great Commission all over the world, like the story I shared here. Here are just a few of the diverse job descriptions that get you connected to people who need the gospel:
- ESL teacher
- Orphan care
- Goat farmer
- Scuba-diving tourism consultant
- Business developer
- Crossfit coach
- Worship musician
- Graphic designer
There are so many ways to use your God-given skills and spiritual gifts internationally. You can serve within a range of just a few weeks up to two years. You can even get class credit with many of our options!
If this post has just begun to pique your interest in missions, or if you’re already passionate about going internationally with the gospel, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I would absolutely love to answer your questions, walk through options with you, or just share more of my own experience!
To see more opportunities: imb.org/students & click on “opportunity finder”
To request more info from our main office: imb.org/next
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