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,

Creating Opportunities

Political changes, religious radicalism, natural disasters, urbanization, and spiritual hunger often serve as catalysts for opportunities in Christian evangelism. In times of political upheaval, individuals may seek solace and guidance in faith, turning to religious communities for stability and support. The rise of religious radicalism can prompt individuals to question their beliefs and seek alternative paths, opening doors for evangelistic outreach. Natural disasters can shake communities to their core, prompting existential questions and a search for meaning, which Christians can address through their message of hope and redemption. Urbanization brings diverse populations into close proximity, providing fertile ground for cross-cultural evangelism and outreach efforts. Moreover, amid spiritual hunger and disillusionment with secular values, people may be more receptive to the message of Christianity, finding fulfillment in its teachings of love, forgiveness, and salvation. In these contexts,

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