Faithful to Complete the Work
Marketplace and Development Enterprises comes alongside mature Christ-followers who have chosen to live and work in an unreached community. From time to time, a member’s newsletter gives us a closer look at the challenges involved in moving a family and business across cultures for the Great Commission. In January it was two years since we … Continue reading “Faithful to Complete the Work”
same. Plumbing and Mission. Parenting and Mission. Waiting tables and Mission. Studying and Mission. Teaching and Mission. Medicine and Mission. It’s the full-circle Christian life. At MDE, we’re called to Business and Mission, often referred to as BAM. There are still many millions around the globe, in the least reached places, who will never encounter … Continue reading “Business…And Mission”
Without the incarnation of Christ, we could not know the Father. Christians follow Christ’s example when they intentionally enter into the lives of their neighbors, identify with them and seek to bring the message and love of Jesus Christ. This lifestyle looks different depending on the context, but it can be described as incarnational ministry.
The MDE Difference
Volunteer BAM Team Manager, Jim Schlott, shares why he is sold on MDE’s approach. We are grateful for volunteers like Jim who are helping to shape MDE through their service, expertise, and passion.
Incarnational Witness through Business
“Well, if you wanted to buy a red dress, how would you find out about that?” my local advisor, Sully, asked. “In our culture, you would never ask someone where to buy a red dress.” We were discussing how to find suppliers for a textile unique to our region. I had been disappointed more than once in supplier-buyer relationships, and I was ready to listen. Sully had been introduced to me by my MDE mentor who had previously served in South Asia.
Cross-Cultural Business Relationships
Moving to Central Asia late last fall to start up a motorcycle touring business has definitely been an adventure. It started by engaging an international law firm, recommended and vetted by MDE, before we actually landed in country. Our lead lawyer’s training in the US made it easy to build a relationship with her quite quickly. The law firm walked us through the process of getting temporary residence permits (TRP) and building out our business entity in country. After all the many necessary steps, we were granted a 3-month TRP and formed a limited liability company in country without a hitch.