My hair had gotten long over the last few months, and I decided to cut it before moving to South Sudan, a place with high heat, high humidity, and no hairdryers. There is a local hair salon in my home town where I’ve gone a handful of times over the last few years.
The last few times I’ve been there a woman named Amy has cut my hair. As we talked, I got to share with her about my work with Every Village. She in turn told me about her passion for God’s Word and missions around the world.
Then she said, “But you know, this chair is my main mission field.” She explained how most of her clientele were returning customers, and as she gets to know them, people open up more. Sometimes she shares her faith or a prayer, sometimes just a kind word.
In Acts 17 when Paul reasons with the people of Athens, he says that God has placed each person in a specific time and place that they might seek him. I think God also strategically places believers in Christ in neighborhoods, office buildings, and hair salons--that they would be his witnesses.
“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” Acts 17:26-27
Now that ministry is my full-time job, the question “what do you do?” brings with it the opportunity to share my faith. I have had some great conversations with hair stylists, bank tellers, dental hygienists, and lawyers. My only regret is that I didn’t have these conversations sooner. How many times did I miss out on hearing about Amy’s faith simply because I didn’t have the courage to bring it up?
I want it to be true in my life that my mission field is wherever I interact with those who don’t know Christ, regardless of my job description. I want for the joy I have in Christ to spill over into every part of my life, and lead me to boldly proclaim who he is and what he has done for me.