By Jenn Phillips
Kat and Ray were longtime members of Jannali Anglican Church before moving to London and finally settling in Brussels, Belgium. Kat works as an Education Manager for the largest Language School in Belgium, Ray works as an E-Learning Specialist for a company in Belgium and the two serve at Lifepoint Church Brussels. They also have a six-month-old son.
While Kat and Ray don’t have affiliation with a Missionary Agency like CMS, they consider themselves to be involved in mission work as “Marketplace Missionaries”.
What is a Marketplace Missionary?
A Marketplace Missionary is someone who has relocated to a new location, works in secular work, and lives as an ambassador for Christ. A Marketplace Missionary has a gospel mindset and makes making intentional decisions to make the most of every opportunity to lead their friends and coworkers to Christ.
What does Marketplace Mission Involve?
Kat and Ray use the phrase “living sent” to describe a life where they are deliberately seeking opportunities to reach the people of their adopted city and connect them to Christ.
Can we be Marketplace Missionaries without travelling?
While we may not be called to travel, we are called to live as ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). Paul spells out what this looks like in Romans 10:
For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
You don’t need to travel far to find a vast mission field of people in desperate need of God’s love shown to them in Christ. The parents you chat to at the school gate, the families on the sidelines of the soccer game, the coworker you share polite pleasantries with every day, and your next-door neighbours are all people who need to hear about Jesus – and you may just be the only person they know who will ever tell them!
Would you like to learn more?
If you’d like to learn more about Marketplace Missions, Kat has recently started a podcast where she interviews friends from her church and other connections who are also involved in mission work, church planting or marketplace mission. The podcast also has a segment where Kat and Ray share from their personal experiences about life and missional living. The podcast can be found here –
For apple devices: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-marketplace-missionary/id1451479733?mt=2
For other devices: https://chartable.com/podcasts/the-marketplace-missionary
Please pray for Kat and Ray as they continue to serve the Lord far from their Australian home. Pray for Ray as he serves as Worship Pastor as their church. Please also pray for an upcoming women’s event that Kat is giving the talk at, that her words (along with the French words they’re being translated into) will be a blessing to all those who attend.