Is the hand of God at work in current events?

"There are five phenomena which God is using in the world today to lead people to Himself," said J. Dudley Woodberry of Fuller Theological Seminary. Those phenomena, while not necessarily "caused" by God, are certainly being used by Him. These phenomena offer opportunities for evangelism not only for missionaries in other countries, but also for churches in the U.S. The five phenomena are:

Political changes
Events such as the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and the collapse of entrenched political systems often produce a climate of uncertainty that offers opportunities for proclaiming the Gospel.
Natural disasters
Earthquakes, droughts and floods find Christian relief agencies giving "a cup of cold water" in Christ's name to people who formerly were antagonistic to Christianity
Urbanization
Displaced peoples who become disillusioned after they have migrated into cities seeking better economic opportunities or fleeing tribal warfare often are receptive to the gospel
Hunger for spiritual power
People steeped in folk religions often have pronounced, unsatisfied spiritual hunger. That opens them to the gospel.
Ethnic and cultural resurgence
Because of today's greater contextual understanding, people can see that they do not need to give up their cultural heritage when they become Christian.

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