Stock photo

Conversations with a Contractor in a Post-Christian Culture

A contractor installing a countertop in a missionary’s home in New Zealand noticed the many religious books on the bookshelves. He asked about them, and after receiving a polite response, asked the missionary what he did as a profession. The missionary proceeded to explain his job in his usual way without using the word “missionary” (a negative word to many people there), and wondered how it could possibly make sense to one living in a post-Christian culture.

Surprisingly, the contractor was quite taken that he believed that Christianity was relevant today. He said that his daughter at university had recently assured him that Christianity was a thing of the past and actually harmful to modern, sound thinking. This led into a discussion with the missionary about the important questions of life. He left with a fresh understanding of what he had previously considered to be “religion,” and an invitation for further discussion.

Thank you for your generosity to MTW. Your gifts and prayers enable our missionaries to enter into life-giving conversations and build relationships with those who are hungry for truth.

Staff, Christchurch New Zealand Church planting May 8, 2018
Please login to continue
Forgot your password?
Recover it here.
Don't have an account?
Create an Account
Sign Up for Free
Choose Password
Confirm Password


Campus Ministry
Children's Ministry
Associate/Assistant Pastors

The Story of Vanuatu

How did the church in Vanuatu start? Amazingly it's a Presbyterian Church birthed in the 19th century by a Scottish Presbyterian missionary.


The Stakes Are High for Ukrainians Praying for Peace

These are our brothers and sisters in Christ. We must stand with them. They are looking at the prospect of losing their freedom to worship.


Light Shines in the Darkness in Ukraine

Churches and believers in Ukraine and in neighboring countries have been able to show extraordinary hospitality amid the darkness of war.


Give thanks for the work God is doing in South Asia in the wake of COVID lockdown relief. Ask God to grow the new believers who came to faith in Christ as a result.

Pray for the national pastors serving in Mexico and Cuba, many of whom are bi-vocational, and the work God is doing among them.

Pray for the people of Mati, Greece, who are responding with spiritual openness following disaster response efforts of the Greek Evangelical Church and MTW. 

Pray for opportunities for missionaries in New Zealand to share the gospel clearly in a post-Christian culture where faith seems irrelevant to many.

Pray for Grace Church Christchurch in New Zealand, where more than 25 nationalities are represented on any given Sunday, as the leaders as church leaders seek to intergrate visitors.

Pray for discernment regarding how best to reach Christian leaders in the Pacific Islands and assist them in their understanding of the Christian faith. 

Pray for those who God is calling to missions, that God would clarify their call, and equip them to serve Him.

Pray for church-planting work to increase and bear much fruit in strategic cities around the world that are filling with diverse international populations.

Pray that God would meet the needs of itinerating and long-serving missionaries, raising up their financial and prayer support.

Pray for the "Timothys" in Muslim-majority West Africa who are growing in their Christian faith and teaching others. 


Stories from the field straight to your inbox.