Follow & Engage


“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

  • Why?
    • As you listen and observe, the Lord will reveal the specifics of who He wants you to meet, what He wants you to do and when He wants you to act. He is the master planner.
  • What should we do?
    • Be teachable and eager to learn.
    • Develop relationships with people in the community.
    • Spend time at the location.
    • Look for spiritual changes in the atmosphere and in people’s lives. A person may gain a more positive attitude toward the Lord or His followers or a better understanding of who Christ is.
  • How do we start?
    • Develop and use practical skills in response to what you hear God saying. Common skills in cross-cultural ministry include: increasing cultural intelligence, Bible storying, sharing testimonies from your own life, learning another language, developing cross-cultural relationships, addressing spiritual conflict and sprinkling conversations with spiritual truths.
    • Look for ways to meet perceived needs in order to address spiritual needs. There are so many ways God might direct you to do this — teaching English, tutoring, providing health care support, playing sports, moving into the community to be a good neighbor, and so on.
    • Spend time with people. Try to have personal interactions with a small-sized group on a regular basis (at least weekly). Be careful to consider what relationships look like in different cultures. For instance, a friendly visit might traditionally be several hours long and involve eating while students might expect their teachers to be rather formal. In some cultures, there are strict guidelines about interactions between men and women.
    • Plan a more general community-wide event or program once or twice a year. This might be a block party, a concert, a job fair or something else. Listen and observe as you invite people to the event.
    • Continue praying and learning as in Step 1.


    STEP 3