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"As we enter the
next millennium, many countries in the Developing World (the South)
continue to endure hardships: economical, medical, political, and
Economic and scientific development issues are hardly considered
by the populace when they are hungry, oppressed, or concerned about just
Science, in western thinking, is the answer to all ills. Yet, in
the South, science has its drawbacks of high cost, delayed applications,
small success rate, low understanding or popularity, and limited
Nevertheless, how do Christians in science address the biblical
admonition of "loving our neighbors as ourselves"? If
developing countries in the South can benefit from scientific and
technological development, what is the Christian's role?
Should one impose western ways and thinking into that culture or
seek humanitarian ways of benefiting such people?
Should the Christian in science equate "science and technology
transfer" as a "cup of water" to be given in Jesus'
Or, as in western thinking, does everything have to be a
The opportunity for Christian
service for those with backgrounds in science related fields has greatly expanded in
recent decades. Traditionally, physicians, dentists and nurses have served in many
capacities both on a short term or career basis. The "tent maker" has used his
or her skills to enter areas where traditional missions are
forbidden. Others have served in educational institutions. More recently, a number
of organizations have emerged which seek to minister in non-traditional ways.
We offer this page in the hope that readers of any age or station in
life might be
made aware of opportunities for service that call on their backgrounds in science and
technology. We encourage you to tell us of additional organizations or ways
in which people may serve. (jwh)
By Thomas Burnett, on March 8th, 2011 God
and Nature Series
Walter Bradley with Indonesian coconut farmers
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, a premier professional organization, has a motto of “Advancing science, serving society.” Walter Bradley, a Baylor University professor and ASA fellow, has realized this goal in a striking way—with coconuts.
Until recently, coconut husks have been discarded as agricultural waste, but
Walter’s research team discovered their unique value. The husk fibers
(called coir) exhibit physical properties suitable for numerous industrial
applications. According to Walter, “They are the only natural fibers that come
directly from a fruit. Their purpose in nature is to protect coconuts from
falls of 60 to 80 feet. They provide high impact resistance because they
are unusually stretchable—their ductility is ~25%, compared to 2% in most
natural fibers. ...Full
The Environment and Poverty in Haiti
illustrates the extreme deforestation of Haiti. You can literally see the
border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic from space. How and why did
this happen and what are its effects? Haiti is one of the most deforested
countries in the World with only 2% forrestation. The reason why it’s that
way is because the trees have been cut down for fuel and specifically to
make charcoal because it’s one of the few commodities that can be sold to
get the essentials of life. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western
Kenneth J. Dormer and George Kinoti, "Science
and Development in Developing Countries," offer a sobering analysis of
the challenge to Christians for service in undeveloped countries.
Critically and Christianly About Technology,"
PSCF 59 (September
To think critically and Christianly about
technology is to engage in a process of careful judgment and evaluation
of it using Christian principles. The principles proposed here are that
technology ought to facilitate (1) communion with God, (2) preservation of
human life and improvement of human welfare, and (3) preservation and
protection of the natural world.
Kenell J. Touryan, Water–The Defining
Crisis for the Developing World |
| A presentation at the ASA/CIS Meeting, Edinburgh 2007.
Harmon Parker and William Jordan, "Building
Pedestrian Bridges to a Better Future: Bridging the Gap—Africa"
| A presentation at the ASA/CIS Meeting, Edinburgh 2007. 24 min.
Some of the many organizations
American home of an international conservation organization working to show God's love
for all creation. As an international Christian conservation organization
working in 20 countries on six continents to care for God's creation, A
Rocha has many faces. Here in the United States, we are a
nonprofit, nationwide network mobilizing communities to steward the Earth
through educational programs and hands-on projects--helping to restore the
environment upon which people, plants and animals all depend.
Learn more about our work and how you can
With a Purpose
With a Purpose was originally developed to meet the environmental, economic
and spiritual needs of the rural people of the
For us, the breakthrough came when we saw first-hand the connection
between poverty and the environment. Many people think of poverty and the
environment as separate issues, but in fact they are hugely
interdependent. Most of the world’s poor are rural poor. Many are
subsistence farmers, completely dependent on their environment for
survival. But as a result of widespread deforestation, the land isn’t
providing like it used to.
Land that once bore bountiful crops that could be sold or eaten, isn't
producing. Streams that used to provide water to drink, now run dry. Out
of desperation, the poor cut down more trees to sell as firewood, even
though doing so means further destroying their one chance of survival.
By reversing deforestation, Plant With Purpose helps the poor restore
productivity to their land to create economic opportunity out of
environmental restoration. Since 1984 we have helped thousands of people
in nearly 250 villages lift themselves out of poverty through our holistic
approach to sustainable development.
ECHO Founded by ASA fellow, Dr. Martin Price
is a non-profit, Christian organization
dedicated to the fight against world hunger. ECHO's Internet resources are designed not
only to tell you about our organization, but also to access our resources and services for
small farm tropical agriculture from around the globe. Our most popular publications are
on-line here for quick access at any time. Our primary mandate is to strengthen the
ministries of missionaries and national churches as they assist small farmers or urban
gardeners in the third world. We gladly offer assistance to others doing similar work,
such as Peace Corps volunteers and development workers.
"Seeds, sustainable agriculture, helping people
feed themselves, seed-saving, community involvement, holistic
ministry…These are the words that can be used to describe Hope Seeds.
However, they are incomplete descriptions. First and foremost, Hope
Seeds is a Christian organization, motivated to do these works because
of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. The people active in the operations
of Hope Seeds work hard to provide the many services mentioned in the
first sentence, partnering with missionaries, mission teams, relief
agencies, and national self-help groups in many developing nations."
Mike Mueller - CEO and founder
Dr. George W. Crosby - board member, ASA member.
Science with a Mission, Inc.
Science with a Mission, Inc. is a non-profit organization
dedicated to providing diagnostics for developing countries. In these
countries, many people never see the inside of a hospital or clinic. As a
result, people often die from preventable diseases due to not being diagnosed.
Science with a Mission, Inc. is using a technology, called immunoassays, to
test for diseases. There are many advantages to immunoassays. They can be
designed to not require electricity or any equipment; they give results
rapidly; and they are amenable to mass screenings. Combining scientific
knowledge with Christian compassion we strive to meet the medical needs of
vision of Christian Leadership Ministries:
- REACH: Our objective is to proclaim the
gospel of Jesus Christ to professors and other scholars.
- EQUIP: In order to disciple and mentor Christian professors in their
personal ministry, we design and develop specialized strategies, resources, and training.
In addition, we encourage and assist them as they work to integrate their faith with their
- PROFESSORS: Because our portion of the harvest field is the universities
of the world, we work as partners with professors and other members of the permanent
academic community to impact higher education.
- CHANGE THE WORLD FOR CHRIST: In partnership with professors, we build
spiritual leaders, help them continually saturate the campus with the gospel, and fully
integrate their faith into their academic discipline and culture. This partnership will
change the way decision makers around the world think by giving them a biblical
perspective on relevant topics that are at issue on campuses and in the culture.
Video 5 Min
Daystar draws students from over 20 African countries. It is growing by over 100
students a year with over 1,000 students presently enrolled. The new, 300-acre campus is
developing nicely. It has recently been accredited by the Kenyan
government and grants degrees recognized by Wheaton and Messiah Colleges.
IICS places Christian faculty from a wide range of disciplines in teaching
positions at secular universities outside North America and the
UK. We also establish Departments of Christian Studies, provide
library collections, sponsor business and teacher training seminars and
provide curriculum consultation.
The IICS vision is
that someday every university student in the world will have at least one
instructor who will articulate and demonstrate the love and lordship of
Jesus Christ for them.
Engineering Ministries International (EMI) is a
non-profit Christian development organization made up of architects, engineers and design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world step out of poverty and into a world of hope.
CES Christian Engineers are engineers
who are also Christians. Our faith helps inform the choices we
make as engineers, particularly questions related to purpose and
priorities. We find God's calling in our lives in all its
aspects, personal and professional. We are interested in
applying Biblical principles such as justice and stewardship to
our professional lives and to the design of technology.
Inspiring, connecting, and equipping for today's issues, Renewal is an excellent resource for college students interested in engaging these topics. Check them out here!
CEL's inaugural symposium was a huge success!
Read a report on the outcomes.
CEL is helping to train future generations of environmental leaders through the Creation Care Study Program, an undergraduate environmental study abroad program with campuses in Belize and New Zealand.
CEL will be hosting a symposium on the built environment in the summer of 2012! Watch this space for forthcoming details.
SYMPOSIUM ON FOOD COMING 2012!
environmental organization, seeking to awaken and mobilize the
Church to care for God's creation in the face of an environmental crisis
that is already devastating vast areas of the world. We are also a
missions organization. We believe that environmental problems
are sin problems, and we are convinced that the Church of Jesus Christ
is the world's best hope for dealing with this crisis. Simply stated, we
believe that missions and care for God's creation belong
A secular movement worthy of consideration by Christians
who want to make a difference.
Christian non-profit organization of people who are bound together by a
common desire to ensure that people everywhere have access to
adequate supplies of safe water. Lifewater provides local communities
with training, equipment and technical support to effectively meet
their water needs.
Target Earth is a moment of Christians who actively pursue the care of
creation. Target Earth administers six core programs: retreats,
short-term mission opportunities in 14 countries; a program to hold rain
forest in trust called the Eden Conservancy; an academic program on global
stewardship; an environmental research center, Jaguar Creek, which focuses on
the rainforest and human need; and the Amazon Conservation Awareness program
which deals with the needs of Brazilian indigenous groups.
Target earth has a network of 54 "action groups" nationwide.
The purpose of SIL International (also known as the Summer Institute of
Linguistics) is to work with language communities worldwide to facilitate language-based
development through research, translation, and literacy. This site is intended to serve
those who share our interests and goals as expressed in Ben Elison's
The United Bible Societies, a World Fellowship of Bible Societies, is
committed to the
- and distribution of the Bible worldwide
Today, the Summer Institute of Linguistics and Wycliffe Bible Translators
work together to translate Scripture, train field personnel in linguistics
and promote interest in translation.
Medical and Dental
CMDS Christian Medical & Dental Society
The mission of Global Health Outreach is to provide opportunities for CMDS
members, their families and associates to serve Christ, to share Christ and to grow in
Christ. This translates into the three-fold purpose of ministering physically and
spiritually to needy people, and ministering to the spiritual needs of our teams. By being
the "hands of Jesus" to needy people, we seek to fulfill His Great Commandment
(Matthew 22:39; 25:36) and His Great Commission (Matthew 28:19).
CURE International establishes and operates teaching
hospitals in the developing world for the
medical and spiritual healing of disabled children and their families.
See Also: Locational Mission Opportunities :
Mission Opportunities :
GMI is a Christian inter-denominational missionary research
agency. Our highest priority is serving evangelical mission ministry leaders
in the developing world.
Intercristo is a Christian job-referral service. We match Christians
with jobs in Christian non-profit organizations, based upon their expertise,
education, geographic preference, and compensation.
aiim of Interserve is to proclaim in word and deed that Jesus Christ is Lord and
Savior. As an international fellowship committed to serving the Christian Church, we wish
to contribute directly or indirectly to the making of disciples of Jesus Christ,
particularly in countries of south and central Asia, the Gulf, Middle East, and North
Africa, and in other countries where there are significant groups of migrants from these
countries. We invite men and women of all races who sense God's call to join us in showing
God's love and in communicating the Gospel.
JAARS Partners in Bible Translation
Through partnerships worldwide, JAARS provides quality
technical support services and resources to speed Bible translation for all
MAF PNG Twin Otter at Kafa, Papua New Guinea
Mission Aviation Fellowship is privileged to provide aviation and
technology services to more than 300 Christian and humanitarian organizations
worldwide. The generous, heartfelt support of our partners works through these
organizations to touch countless lives for Christ and His Kingdom... every
Classified directories of Christian mission opportunities.
The primary purpose of Operation World is to pray for world missions.
Our task is provide information to further this purpose.
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