I am in India with a team of business professionals who are presenting leadership principles for small business owners and university students. I made my first new friend on the last leg of my journey from the U.S. to Delhi. His name is Karthik.
Karthik grew up in India but left there for the U.S. to attend the University of Oklahoma. He is now based in Atlanta, working as a software engineer for a U.S. company that also has offices in India and Bangladesh. Karthik and his wife are expecting their first child in December. He was traveling to see his family and spend a week in the overseas offices. What a “small” world it has become!
I found my seatmate to be a very personable, kind and thoughtful man. As he shared his story, it only further confirmed the global nature of our economy. It also reinforces the viability of business as a vehicle God can use to transport the gospel of Jesus Christ. If others like Karthik come to faith, can you imagine the increased flow of the gospel and the expansion of the kingdom of God? Please join me in praying for him and asking God to capture his heart and draw him to Himself.
One of my team members is Andrew, a small business operator from Auburn, Alabama. Last year, he came to India on a trip similar to the one I am on. He connected with an Indian business man through one of the workshops he led, and has continued that relationship through Facebook this entire year. What a beautiful picture of this whole concept!
Now I am imagining the endless possibilities of mobilizing hundreds and thousands of business professionals who are also Christ followers, to take God’s light into dark places where the name of Christ is unknown.
Yesterday was our cultural day for the week. After traveling sixteen or so hours (not counting layovers), we traveled four more hours to see the Taj Mahal—one of the seven wonders of the world. It was a spectacular site to be sure; yet as I watched the throngs (mainly nationals) coming to visit, a question loomed over my mind. I have been to India twice before, and during those trips I personally encountered at least a half-dozen people who had never heard the name of Jesus. I wondered how many of these thousands are yet to hear the good news we have to tell? We should never take this blessing for granted.
“Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'” (Romans 10:13-15)
What an adventure it will be to make the most of ever opportunity to share the hope and peace that God offers to all peoples . . . to the ends of the earth. Thank you for partnering with me through your prayers, gifts and encouragement to carry the good news to this nation.
Serving Him with you in the global marketplace
“No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once.” — Oswald J. Smith