I often struggle to explain to friends exactly what it is I do. As most of you know, I’ve long since moved away from terms like “Missionary,” or even “Christian.” I don’t think of myself as “doing ministry” or even “evangelism.” However, it’s much easier to say what I’m NOT rather than say what I AM. Who am I and what do I do?

Who am I? I’m a person who believes in, loves, and tries to follow Jesus. Of course, I’m also a husband, a father, a friend and many other things – but my “spiritual” answer is the above.

What do I do? I’m a diplomat. I’m a regular lay citizen. I didn’t go to seminary. I’m not a politician. And I’m not wealthy, famous or particularly well-connected to anyone or any organization that would be helpful in what I do. I’m a Citizen Diplomat to the Middle East.

When we hatch a new diplomatic effort we focus on three simple things:

  1. The life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.

  2. Real and long-term friendship building.

  3. Team. I never fly solo. (Literally and figuratively).

There are several things I’d like to discuss with you about this approach so I’m going to post it on my blog as well at: carlmedearis.com

Let’s talk about what this means and how to do it.