Bear market takes a breather as ministry responds

By October 15, 2008

International (MNN) — The global
bear market appears to be taking a breather after a week of savagery. Attempts from
the U.S. and Europe to bolster banking systems led some of the recovery, but the
damage will continue to be felt in developing nations. 

The financial crisis has yet to
reach its peak with predictions of more economies contracting or stagnating and
an expected hemorrhage on job losses. 

Jonathan Shibley with
Global Advance says their job just got a little more challenging. "Statistics say when there's a market
crash and a severe recession in the Western world, that translates into less
money, less giving into the developing world, which is a lot of missions
organizations who are going to have to deal with this. All the more reason to go in and to really
raise up godly entrepreneurs." 

Marketplace Missions Seminars
help business leaders understand their role in the marketplace to share the
Gospel and make disciples. One of their
primary goals is to elevate business leaders out of the poverty cycle
and to help them build lasting relationships, generating new capital, greater
integrity, and spiritual and economic renewal.
  

That's a tall order when funds
are likely to dry up, if the economic expectations are realized. Shibley says rather than cut back, their
mandate forces them to move forward with even more urgency.

"I think we just need to
pray for God's men and women around the world–including, obviously, our own
country–who are called into the marketplace. [Pray] for courage, for
strength, and that God will just give us all the grace to walk through these
days knowing that He is ultimately in control." Click here if you can help.

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