As a young person, I was attracted by the mission stories I heard in church, but I never envisioned myself as a missionary. However, I married a girl who wanted to serve overseas. We had other options, but in the process of finding employment, we visited with a recruiter responsible for finding workers to fill appointments overseas.
After we each had completed our education, we accepted a call to teach at Southeast Asia Union College, an Adventist school in Singapore. We enjoyed the blessings of feeling a part of our students’ lives and encouraged them to work for the advancement of the gospel. That overseas experience has shaped our perspective for a lifetime.
Gospel Outreach initiated the Adopt-a-Worker program several years ago in response to our donors’ desire to have a more direct and meaningful involvement with Bible workers in the 10/40 Window.
Of the approximately 2,000 workers Gospel Outreach sponsors, nearly 400 have been adopted by individual donors or local churches. The program connects donors with specific workers whom they commit to support with a monthly contribution of $150 each. These adopted workers in turn share reports and stories with their sponsors. It is a mutually beneficial approach: workers express deep appreciation when informed they have been selected for adoption, and donors are able to identify more closely with their specific workers’ actual needs as they support and pray for them.
Jesus tells us that the gospel will be preached in all the world, and then the end will come. By adopting a worker, you can help be the spark that ignites the fire to light the world with the gospel of Jesus.