Day 27: Business As Mission
Today’s global economy has created strategic opportunities for Christian businesses in some of the most unlikely corners of the world and North Korea is no different.
North Korea is extremely dependent on the economy of China. This gives Back to Jerusalem missionaries from China an amazing opportunity to start a wide range of businesses. Business as Mission (BAM) is a relatively new term, but is based on Biblical concepts. The Chinese have been starting new businesses in North Korea for many years, so it is virtually impossible for the government to identify which ones are BTJ and which ones are not. BTJ businesses are real companies that make a profit, but the one defining difference is, the BTJ businesses make efforts to help North Koreans come to into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
North Koreans admire the technological advancements made by Chinese companies and allow them to have more freedoms than business persons from other nations. The history and culture are similar too, due to the political ideology and Communist brainwashing. Chinese have been living through persecution from their own government for many years, so there is an empathy that is unique with the North Koreans. They know what it is like to be poor and have no money or food. Business can be a unique way to help.
BTJ missionaries have been active on the mission field for a relatively short period of time. China has long been considered to be a missionary receiving country, not a missionary sending country. That idea is changing at a very rapid rate.
Missionaries from China have not typically had a lot of resources and financial backing, so business allows them to obtain resources for ministry that they would not otherwise have. Chinese missionaries have been able to establish several businesses that help them obtain a visa, support their family with a steady stream of sustainable income, and allow regular unfettered access to the people. Sometimes the businesses that the Chinese missionaries have established have even been supported by the Chinese government.
- The North Korean economy is suffering from the Communist Structure of the government
- Most North Koreans do not regular paychecks from dependable employment
- Pray that Chinese missionaries can establish businesses that will bring life and hope to the people of North Korea
Today’s Scripture Reading:
Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.