The Mission: Reasons
"Go make disciples of all nations" Matthew
The Spiritual Basis?
Ralph Winter says this "The purpose of the kingdom
is to undo the works of Satan"
Is there a spiritual basis for why I want
to go to China?
Do I believe that progress is inevitable, and
that technology, and western
earth. Thus as globalization, spreads Christianity
must go with it.
Yet, am I called? How would I know? Calling
is not an individual decision (as is the usual American individualistic
matter - Perhaps I'm going just for the money, or for the adventure,
or to meet pretty women.
What I've learned:
I've been to there, and seen it for myself. It's
everything that I've touted to be. Yet still exceeded my expectations.
know, could just talking
to maybe six people few of which are involved in
the technology side of things really influence me? I'm still mixed.
The fact that they work in semiconductors,
which is my field of expertise. Added to the fact that they're
is one of the few overtly Christian companies I know, period. And
they stand unashamed of it.
no secret that I think that this is a product of the fall.
It carries with it the sins of capitalism,
the arrogance of technology. Yet there's an ideological and spiritual
reason for going.
|Changing the world
||There's the classic tech bargain, being part of something bigger
than you. And well, SMIC is big, and they're going to be even bigger.
|Being part of something big
||There's a good community out there, community housing, a school,
even fellowship. In addition to the company itself
||Moving overseas would give me an opportunity to really become a
citizen of the world.
||Although I might not become a millionaire, at least not from the
salaries. I might gain far more, If the company succeeds,
you may become very wealthy
part of such a large organization. I only hope they give it back
to kingdom building.
||I'm an American born Chinese. Ultimately that's still Chinese.
It's a completely different country, a different
culture and ultimately I don't really belong there. But then again
where is home for me anyway. You can live in a place all your life
an never think that it is home for you.
Reasons For staying
||I've spent so many years dedicated to the community in which I
|To leave would be to devalue everything I've invested in for the
past six years. It would mean starting over in a new place, where
I really don't know the place, and I have few friends.
||To leave would be to give up all my one stance that I thought I
would always have. And my only complaint against so many people.
That nobody ever sticks around, what kind of message is it sending
if I leave myself. I committed to provide housing for the minister.
Although not the best situation. To leave would be disloyal to him.
||Sailing on the river, rollerblading on the esplanade, skiing/snowboarding
in the winter.
||I own a house, I own a car. My home here is not as crowded. I
don't have to deal with a foreign culture. Cars don't cost twice
what I'd make in a year. I'm too old to be moving
||There is definitely more money here.
This is the culture in which I live,
This is my home - This is my only home
This is the only sacred place I have ever known
And should I stray in the dark night alone
Rock me goddess in the gentle arms of Eden (c)
To use the "Perspectives on the World Christian
Movement" idea that missions is spiritual warfare, and the Christians
sent are the soldiers.
Tentmaking can be thought of differing from traditional
full time missions as follows
Full time missionaries are like the Marines and the
special forces who go into a country and invade.
Tentmakers are those who
go in, establish bases, and actually intend to hold the country.
I don't really like the analogy of "Missions
as War", it reeks too much of the Crusades, Imperialism, and invasions
According to Ian Prescott (Understanding Tentmaking
Professionals and the Sense of Call/Vocation) there's quite a model
to put a "sense of calling" on a scale for a wide group of
people. I hate these things, but they seem to be the new popular thing
do (that is on a scale of 1-5, where do you fall)
Missionary Calling - Professional
||No professional skills other than skills as
a missionary. Or no calling to use their professional skills in
||Use their professional skills to help support their missions
||Serving in their profession,
witness wherever they end up
may end up in the field
witness wherever they are.
usually end up at home
|Relation to Agencies/Sending organizations
Given my current situation. I guess I'm stuck at
a type 3, right in the middle. I see the point of type 1's and have
the typical gripes of most type 3's against type 2's.
In short Type 2 - Missions first , Profession second.
(willing to sacrifice their profession for the missions)
Type 3 - Profession first, Missions second. (Their profession may be
The worst is the 1.5 - the missionary pretending
to be a professional.
Updated - 08.27.03