As I’ve directed grants to mission causes over the past twelve years, I’ve been inspired to see the creative ways that followers of Christ use their varied gifts and experiences to spread the Gospel. Some initiatives and projects are obviously spiritual, focused on Bible translation or dissemination or evangelism. Some other projects, though, are less obviously spiritual.
I’ll never forget a proposal from a husband-and-wife missionary team whose fantastic ministry provides teaching, healthcare, and church planting to Amazon River villages. A new, lighter, more efficient ship, they told me, would allow them to go farther down the River, get there faster, carry more people, save gas and money… and thereby significantly advance their church planting and evangelism effforts. They sold me, and our foundation supported their ministry. When I visited them in Brazil and took at trip downriver on their boat, I saw firsthand how important that new boat was.