In 2010, Chris Morgan finally landed what he thought was his dream job. Little did he know that God was going to send him to South Africa for two years to work with children in elementary and high school.
But, as God led him, he joined up with Scripture Union in Pietermaritzburg. While he was there, God revealed some amazing things to him and showed that He was faithful in everything, including Chris's financial situation.
It was during his time at Pietermaritzburg that Chris met his wife and worked with Garland Sam, who was a previous guest on the show. In fact, it was Chris who first introduced me to Garland.
Life in Ministry
During Chris's time in South Africa, he worked with Scripture Union. In addition to summer camp programs and VBS, they also ministered in public schools. They were able to offer courses on “good citizenship,” covering topics such as morality, peer pressure, values, and sex education.
Then, with the permission of the class, they could also share Scripture and Christ-based learning.
Chris said that, while he's an introvert, he would gladly dress up like a pink buffalo if it would help him share the Gospel with children. I appreciate that (and I'd kind of like to see it).
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
Chris, like many missionaries, was supported entirely by donations. While his support was sufficient for his normal needs, God really showed up when a medical problem started costing some significant money.
God gave Chris some really specific instructions and it was amazing how it all worked out.
Chris nearly fell victim to “self-deception in leadership” until he realized one specific thing while he was coordinating groups for a VBS with the Salvation Army Children's Home. It was during that time that he realized that his “American” perspective could be a real liability and that everyone around him (and “under” his leadership) was more qualified than he because of one thing.
What he realized changed his perspective and his approach to ministry and leadership.
While Chris isn't in a “vocational” ministry position and isn't looking for one right now, he recognizes that he's still a minister of the Gospel. Now he's working on developing relationships with his coworkers so that he can effectively minister to them.
Significance in the Marketplace
Chris reminds us that the Kingdom of God will move forward one way or another. While we all have different callings, we need to remember that we are also stewards of different things. Or at least that the focus of our stewardship might look different.
- As a missionary, Chris was a steward of time and relationships.
- In the marketplace, Chris is a steward of the money.
While it's easy to send an email or Facebook message, don't forget that something as simple as a card or a Hershey bar in the mail could be really meaningful.
- When speaking, tone is very important. What is normal in one culture could be offensive in another.
Personal Success Habit
- Deliberately building strong relationships with people.
Shifts in Society
Start building a relationship with them. Realizing that everybody loves talking about their culture, show that you care by asking where they're from and what it's like. Ask what kinds of things they miss, what they wish they could get here, and where they find the things they want.
(This only works if you actually care)
Chris would first post something on Facebook letting his friends and family know he's still alive. Then he would put up the computer and find people already ministering so that he could join in what they are doing.
Focus on people and care about them. That’s the best way to open up doors.
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