If I wrote a book about my activities in Boston, I would title it, Reaching the Nations. In Boston, I have met people from almost every major country on Earth—China, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, India, Taiwan, South Korea, Iran, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, Italy, Chile, Cameroon, Congo, and likely others.
Most of these meetings take place in connection with my work with internationals in English class or in Bible studies, but some countries represent the homes of my co-workers, roommates and friends.
Boston is a great place for mission work because the city draws in the brightest students from across the world to enroll in the most prestigious universities in academia. And if the future leaders of the world become believers, what will that mean for the rest of its citizens?
Despite their intellect, many of these foreigners have only a rudimentary understanding of the gospel, and some do not know enough information to differentiate Christianity from Islam. Religion is but an afterthought.
At a recent Wednesday night Bible meeting called “Refuge,” a few visitors from China and their children joined in the study. In my experience, visitors from China are especially kind and more than willing to participate in our activities. Religion may be an afterthought, but these kindling fires are quickly lit when exposed to the truth of God’s mercy toward sinners.
The fields are white for harvest, but the workers are desperately few. I exhort you by the mercies of God—give, pray and go!
Travis Nicks, a graduate of East Texas Baptist University, is serving as campus ministry intern at MIT in Boston through Go Now Missions.