Deep in Western China, there are many places that are known as “zero regions.” This simply means that there is no known engagement with the Gospel in these places, with entire minority groups with their own cultures, languages, and beliefs in which no one knows anything about Jesus.
Ruth is a young woman well on her way to giving her life to the purposes of Christ. We are blessed to be a small part of her journey as she continues mobilizing others to embrace unreached peoples and preparing herself to be a missionary to the nations. This is her story.
“I may be a little biased, but I truly believe doctors have one of the greatest opportunities to impact the world in missions.”
I first heard Miriam Ndanu share these words with her classmates as she was introducing me as the guest speaker in their weekly Christian Union meeting. When we first met Miriam, she didn’t know much about the 10/40 Window or the Biblical basis of missions. Like most Kenyan believers, Miriam saw missions as a Western idea, not something for African believers. Because Miriam held this belief, she did not see herself playing an active role in accomplishing the Great Commission.
Though my friend Nina had heard the 1 Samuel 17 story of David and Goliath countless times, she was blown away to learn the deeper truths of this particular passage for the first time. We were in the middle of our weekly Xplore study when it all seemed to click in Nina’s mind.
When Thomas first heard about missions, he had only been a Christian for two months. He was still keeping his salvation a secret, still living with his girlfriend, and at that point, he could see no difference in himself from before he was saved and after. Yet when a couple of wazungu (Swahili word for foreigners) working alongside the CMM approached him on his campus talking about God and something about God’s “desire for all people,” Thomas actually listened.
Last semester, I sat among a group of believers who shared stories of how God had awakened their hearts to His immeasurable love for the nations. Some explained how they had began praying for the nations regularly, and others explained that they began sharing their faith with their Muslim coworkers.
Sometimes small challenges and small acts of obedience can cause eternal ripple effects not just for the person mobilized, but also for the countless others he or she will impact. At least that’s the case for Danielle, a quiet young woman whose life was forever changed upon her hearing of God’s global purposes that reach far beyond herself.
We were having an incredible few days of training with nearly 45 believers who were hungry to learn, despite the past year of intensified persecution permeating the Chinese church. We were feeling confident and thankful going into our final session of the Weave training, thinking we had managed to have another event without incident.