Five centuries ago, Ferdinand Magellan circumnavigated the globe, braving a mutiny, storms, and an entire host of other challenges. In a society as global as ours today, historic feats such as this can become another simple fact to file away for tests and trivia nights. Yet history is more than a collection of facts, in part because of how it impacts our lives today.
Travel around the world has steadily become quicker and easier since Magellan’s time. Though globalization has brought some negative consequences, such as a global pandemic, it has also unquestionably brought benefits. Information and communication can zip across the world in mere seconds, allowing us to communicate everything from news to personal messages. Perhaps most importantly, the highways of the seas and the sky have opened up more avenues than ever for the Gospel.
For All the World
Helen Williams of World Missionary Press explains that through the vast networks of trade and transportation, the ministry is able to spread the Good News far and wide. When World Missionary Press has booklets ready to ship, they go through a process of obtaining shipping quotes and putting paperwork in order. Once everything is set, a truck driver comes to pick up the booklets.
“We pray for the driver. We pray for the booklets that are going halfway around the world. The driver takes [the booklets] to a rail yard in Chicago. From there, they go to the port and get loaded on a ship,” Williams says.
World Missionary Press ships materials all over the world, but Williams says certain locations are more challenging than others. In Africa, for example, many of the countries are landlocked, requiring additional transportation by truck into the interior of the continent. Once the booklets finally arrive at their destinations, they’re gradually shipped out or picked up by those who need them. Finally, after plenty of work and prayer, the booklets reach the hands of the individuals they were printed to help.
This long, arduous process has innumerable points where things could go wrong. However, Williams says that even in years like 2020, God’s Hand is on the entire process.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer