Picture the ideal B4T professional. What are you picturing? Is it someone young? Is it someone retired? Is it a male or female? What if I told you that there was no wrong answer. In this week’s blog we’re going to cover a few of the perfect candidates for B4T work. If you’re just joining us, B4T work is when you use your profession or business as a transforming agent in the community to reach the least-reached with the gospel.
College Students: When Jeremiah was called to become a profit of the Lord, his response was slightly less than enthusiastic:
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.”
You may still be learning your future profession, but plenty of internship and apprenticeship experiences are available to help ease you into the B4T world.
Retirees: Think your career is done and so is using your professional skills? Wrong! You have accumulated a lifetime’s worth of wisdom and experience. Maybe you’re done working full time, but doing a short term training (2-8) in your area of expertise may be a perfect fit.
Couples and Families: It takes two! B4T isn’t just for the single folks. In fact, having a partner alongside you for the experience of becoming part of a new community and culture is invaluable. If you have small kids, you know how effortlessly they make friends. Their friend’s parents then become new friends for you. A family can be an incredible asset not only to each other but also to the community you’re transforming!
Singles: Being single allows you to apply maximum focus to your work or business. Lots of focus yields a thriving business, and a thriving business attracts people. You can be incredibly effective for the Kingdom even if you’re flying solo. It makes reaching out and developing those friendships in the community even more crucial, so many times these individuals find themselves plugged into their communities faster.
Man/Woman: Who is more successful in B4T; man or woman? Both! Men tend to have an easier time connecting to the foreign male populations, while women are naturally welcomed to connect with the other females. Either way, you’re reaching half the population!
People who already have a full time job: You may be thinking, “I’d love to go overseas, but I work full time in the states.” How feasible is it for you to take off two weeks a year? You could devote your vacation time to transforming an area through teacher training, business training, ag training, or whatever skillset you have to offer. Training is an asset people are hungry for in the nations we reach, and it doesn’t take a full time worker to give those trainings. Maybe it’s you they’re waiting for!
These are just a few examples, but hopefully you’re getting the jist. The perfect B4T worker is YOU! Not sure what opportunity is right? Reach out to us at www.gomandate.org/contact.