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Reaching readers comes with risks

"Please cancel the Bangladesh training," our host emailed. "Things today are worse than yesterday, and we don’t know what will happen tomorrow. More than 20 were killed so far today."

I felt sad when political violence forced cancellation of last year’s training for Christian publishers in Bangladesh, Muslim majority nation of 160 million. However, I’m glad to say that same workshop has been rescheduled for this October with 15 to 20 participants. We pray nothing will impede it.

Last year’s snafu in Bangladesh highlights the challenge of MAI ministry today and our need to be flexible.  

In another example, we’d scheduled an important Christian publishing and writer workshop in South Sudan. However, because of continued fighting there, our local organizers recently decided to move the workshop to Kenya. Eight writers are continuing working on book manuscripts September 23 to 27 in Nairobi.

MAI intentionally goes to "hard countries"—places beset by poverty, instability, political turmoil, and religious oppression. These are some of the most unpredictable places in the world. So at times our best-laid plans for training must change at a moment’s notice.  

But the risks and uncertainty are worth it, because these are the same nations where homegrown Christian materials are least available and where readers most hunger for words of hope and spiritual meaning found only in Christ. 

So, please pray with me—for flexibility, God’s protection and leading, and that our work results in books and articles that spiritually transform readers’ lives. Now that’s the kind of "change" I get excited about.

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