Not too long ago I posted about my calling to Central Asian missions. Since then I have been in talks with several missions agencies to see which way the Lord directs. With this has also come much research about a particular nation I am looking at. Due to the nature of the political and religious climate in Central Asia, prudence dictates that I remain silent as to the specific nation I am looking at.
All five countries that comprise Central Asia are ‘closed’. This means that in order to enter the country, you cannot come as a ‘missionary’, rather you must come through some other means. For most this means entering as a business man or women, or as a teacher such as TESOL. As I was doing my research I discovered that there is a great need for teachers, not only of English, but also basic academics. This is rather exciting news, but it would require a bit more work in graduate school to accomplish qualifying for that form of entry.
Things to Pray for:
- Continuing discussions with Mission Agencies
- There is an agency that would like to see me at their April meeting. I would love to go, but I do not know if funds will allow such a trip.
- Continued guidance in preparation for the field via graduate school at Southern Baptist Theological
- The ability to remain debt free in graduate school in order that I can go straight to the field and not be hindered by debt
- Confirmation that the way I found to gain access to the country is indeed the will of the Lord
- Determining if I should train in TESOL or pursue a different Academic field to teach