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
The rise of religious radicalism as Islamic fundamentalism and the collapse of entrenched political systems often produce a climate of uncertainty. That situation offers opportunities for proclaiming the Gospel of peace and grace.
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
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 traditional 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 in order to become Christ- followers.

We need to look for opportunities in all these situations rather than being depressed by what, at first glance, can seem like obstacles.

-- Howard Culbertson,

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