Sharing Christ: The Highest Priority

Oscar Burns leads training

Missionaries have it so easy. I could lead people to Christ all the time if I was paid to do it.

Has that thought ever crossed your mind? The idea that if only you didn’t have so much on your plate you had to do, it would free you up to do real ministry.

What you may not realize, however, is many missionaries do have other responsibilities—yet they still make sharing Christ a priority.

Oscar Burns* is an associate cluster leader among East Asian Peoples with the IMB. Burns is responsible for the oversight of 6 teams made up of about 50 adults. Regular tasks include troubleshooting on major projects, consulting on video productions, and handling the budget and financial matters for his teams so team leaders can focus on other things.

“My wife and I have been with the [IMB] for 22 years,” Burns shares. “I work closely with these 6 team leaders on ministry, administrative, and personnel aspects of the work.”

He and his wife also make ministry a high priority. They meet weekly with a couple to disciple them; he mentors several men also serving among their people group. The Burnses look for opportunities to share the gospel as they go about their daily lives as well as lead a house church with several families from various missions agencies.

“By January 2020, we will likely have multiplied due to growth and size restrictions stemming from security issues,” Oscar Burns says.

Despite the potential for distractions, the Burnses make sharing the love of Christ the highest priority. When asked how to pray for them, they had a specific request.

“January 25 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year,” he shares. “Many Christians will be returning to their hometowns for celebrations. This is a prime opportunity for Christians to share the gospel and be good examples to their nonbelieving family members and friends. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work powerfully through our brothers and sisters to see many come to faith in Christ.”

*Name changed.

Jennifer Deibel, a writer, and teacher in Arizona, served in Western Europe for 10 years.


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