A BUSINESSMAN & CHURCH PLANTER ON THE NEW SILK ROAD

Frank and Elsie moved to an OBOR country a decade ago, and raised their family there.

Frank taught part-time at a university, and recruited the best students to work for his small IT business. One of the apps developed by the company became very popular in the country, but most of its clients and projects that yielded better revenue are from North America.

Frank provided training and good employment for his most talented graduates, and had opportunity to mentor them over the years.

But before long, two of his best engineers left to work for an American company outsourcing their projects in this country. They were paid several times more than what Frank could afford.

It is a challenge to train good workers only to lose them to better paying employers. But Frank is glad to have helped worthy young people acquire marketable skills. Unemployment is a crippling problem in the country.

Frank and Elsie are also very intentional about ministry. They teamed up with two other expatriate couples to plant an indigenous faith community. They have been privileged to disciple scores of Muslim background believers.

In recent years, government regulations are being strictly enforced, forbidding foreigners to preach in local church services. The two partnering expat families eventually left. But with coaching from Frank, two local brothers have stepped up as lay leaders. Oftentimes, only when foreigners leave or step down are nationals willing to take the reins and stand on their own. God’s purpose is furthered even through restrictive religious policies.

Business savvy professionals with ministry skills are needed to bring jobs and Jesus to many OBOR countries.