Operation Mobilization USA’s creative Scatter Global initiative recognized for opening doors for Christian professionals in countries closed to the gospel
ATLANTA, Ga. – An innovative movement that is breaking new ground in world evangelization through its unique job-market approach for reaching unreached nations has been honored by missions leaders.
Scatter Global (www.scatterglobal.com) inspires, equips and places Christian professionals—from doctors and nurses, to engineers and hair stylists—in positions in countries closed to traditional missionary activity. The initiative was named this year’s recipient of the eXcelerate Award, presented at the recent Missio Nexus conference in Orlando.
Originated by Operation Mobilization USA (OM USA, www.omusa.org), and supported by a growing number of like-minded industry partners including Crossworld, CRU, Pioneers, SIM and Team, Scatter Global is focused on catalyzing an exponentially growing wave of new workers to the 3.1 billion people with no access to the gospel.
“We are humbled to be counted among a list of previous eXcelerate award recipients that includes Wycliffe, The Jesus Film Project and The Seed Company,” said Jonathan Thiessen, OM USA’s senior vice president. “It serves as an encouraging affirmation of what we believe God is doing in our generation. A mass movement is poised to take their God-given skills, passions and experiences into global marketplaces, bringing the gospel and transformation to every sector of society.”
Indicators suggest that the world is ready for just such a movement. A majority of unreached people live in places that do not welcome missionaries, but are eager to receive Christian professionals in areas from healthcare and education, to technology and business—providing an opportunity for skilled believers to interact with and influence people through the excellence of their work.
Among those who have been able to use their skills as passports to closed countries in the Scatter Global approach is Mary, an African nurse who took a job at a large hospital in an Arab nation. It did not take her long to so impress her employers with her approach and demeanour that she was asked to train both nurses and physicians. This led to the hospital and its CEO becoming the first in that region to win an international award for excellence. Mary was soon promoted to oversee training for all 5,000 staff. Because of her value to the organization, Mary was given unprecedented permission to lead Bible studies and has impacted many over the last 17 years.
In another example, Elizabeth, a hairdresser and believer from Morocco took a job in another Arab nation and over time developed trusting relationships with her clients. Eventually one client who had been unable to conceive asked Elizabeth to pray for her. When she did conceive, the word spread, opening the door for Elizabeth to share the gospel with other clients. She now meets regularly with 70 new believers, continues to serve humbly in her profession and is changing her community through the integration of word and deed.
“These stories and many more like them are the result of extraordinary collaboration, ongoing innovation and exponential thinking by many—the kind that will be necessary for us to keep pace with the rate of global change,” said Thiessen. “We are grateful for the groundswell of partner organizations, churches and individuals that have rallied around the marketplace ministry effort.”
The Scatter Global initiative will also be in the spotlight at the “Rethink Church/Rethink Mission” event at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Va., on Oct. 12. Joining bestselling authors David Platt and Francis Chan as keynote speaker will be Andrew Scott, OM-USA’s president/CEO and author of Scatter: Go Therefore and Take Your Job With You (Moody Publishers).
Partnering with OM-USA in the Scatter Global initiative are Crossworld (www.crossworld.org), CRU (www.cru.org), Pioneers (www.pioneers.org), SIM (www.sim.org), Team (www.team.org) and LiveDead (www.livedead.org)
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Operation Mobilization (www.omusa.org) mobilizes Jesus followers to share the knowledge of Jesus and his love with every generation in every nation. Founded in 1957 by George Verwer and with U.S. headquarters in metro Atlanta, Ga., the group partners with thousands of workers in more than 110 countries to transform lives, build communities and restore hope. OM’s Scatter Global initiative was launched in 2016 in response to growing concern that most missions efforts are currently in places where the gospel is already available, while more geographically, culturally and religiously challenging parts of the world remain unreached.
Andrew Scott, OM-USA President and CEO (second right), received this year’s eXcelerate Award from Missio Nexus CEO Ted Esler (right). Also pictured: Mike Rufo, COO of Pioneers (left) and Jonathan Thiessen, OM-USA Senior Vice President and leader of the Scatter Global initiative.