Bringing God’s good news to hard places comes with many unique challenges. Engineers of all types can solve problems that improve the lives of communities and create opportunities to share the love of Jesus. Whether you’re trained in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, water development, mechanical engineering or any other type, your skills can be used to impact people around the world.
“I used to think that people who served overseas had a background in theology and could give an impromptu sermon. Then I thought that besides pastors, only medical professionals and teachers were needed. I wondered why I had this desire to be like them and go and help others when I had none of the right skills. But God showed me that there was a place just for me doing the work that I do best—being an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. engineer for a Christian hospital association. I sat in front of a computer making plans and layouts for new buildings. I went to construction sites. I gave presentations and had meetings to discuss design ideas. I could see the administrators of the hospitals were relieved that they did not have to figure out how to be engineers or architects as they once had to for other construction projects. Moreover, I was part of the community and the town for whom I was working on these buildings. I ate meals with them, shopped in their stores, worshipped in church with them, and complained about the weather with them. I had this purpose to serve God by helping this community. But instead this community taught me, loved me so much, and reminded me that God delights in using people of all different backgrounds to accomplish His amazing work. So I no longer think there is a mold to fit to serve overseas. I believe He will use any heart that is ready to be molded.”
-Stella, SIM worker serving in South Asia