John Piper posted a couple days ago on why bad economic times are good for missions. In it, he came up with four conclusions for why this is true:
- During an economic downturn we are more dependent on God. That is the most fertile soil for creating missionaries.
- During an economic downturn unreached people around the world do not expect you to come, but to look out for yourself. So they may more likely see your risk as love rather than exploitation.
- During an economic downturn those who need Christ around the world may be less secure in earthly things and more ready to hear about eternal life.
- During an economic downturn people at home may be wakened to the brevity of life and the fragility of material things, and so may become more generous not less. And when they give under these circumstances, it will make Christ look all the more like the all-satisfying Treasure that he is.
Listen to Piper’s last sermon during Bethlehem Baptist’s missions focus week.