Recently I participated in a “Praise, Prayer and Testimony” meeting at the US headquarter of an international mission organization. It was very inspiring to hear testimonies from their people in different parts of the world, and how they are crossing cultural obstacles to bring the Gospel within cultures where the Gospel is foreign. I was the last one to speak, and when my time came, I shared how incredible it been to hear the various and creative ways God is using His people. I started… “But what about the workplace … is it a viable mission field and does it have its own kind of cultural obstacles?” Interestingly, many of the obstacles that missionaries face are not problems in the workplace. We do not need to learn another language, nor do we need to initiate relationships for they are established for you with coworkers and customers. Communication is active, as people must collaborate to work together and addresses situations that come up. But then I thought about it… there are cultural obstacles that Christians face in today’s workplace. In today’s workplace, two different worldviews emerge. One is impersonal and solely based on productivity and profit, and employee value is based upon statistics. The other worldview is personal and centers on God and His design of work, by giving value to workers and honoring diligent work. PMC Consider: “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17)
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.