Leaving the comfort zone

I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.

Paul

I’m in west Africa. A week in Nigeria. A week in Liberia.

It’s always good to leave the comforts of life in Australia and step outside my comfort zone into the world in which most people live. Traffic, dust, garbage. A stranger in a strange lands.

My education was further enhanced by some confusion over schedules and delayed flights. Nothing like finding yourself in a distant land, late at night, without local currency, your host is not at the airport, your phone won’t work and your credit cards are of no use.

Of course all this is nothing compared to what travelers faced in the ancient world.

We Westerners may be the most educated, wealthy generation in history, but the spread of God’s word is not bound to our resources. It is totally reliant on the power and wisdom of God who chooses the weak things of this world to shame our strength.

One Comment

  1. Galen Currah
    Posted 20 November, 2012 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Since the Good News spread through the Roman and Persian Empires without any of the commodities of ‘modern’ nations, it is still able to do so.

    Whenever you remember to do so, may it please you to keep asking yourself and others, how do things get done in this situation, without Western methods and tools? How do messages spread in this land?

    Even sweaty, poorly-clad folk fumbling with a morcel of chalk in a mud-block hovel, communicate powerful messages into networks of folk who will act on welcome messages that meet needs.

    They will also view you as a valuable resource that they do not want to lose, so will take care of you and will get you back to the airport on time.

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