Engineering is more than a science — it’s an art. One of the few professions that translates the language of mathematics into something tangible: a bridge, home, aircraft, chemical, circuit, machine, even living human tissue.
As an engineer, God’s given you a very special skill set. But did you know those skills can also be a powerful tool for spreading the gospel? Engineers are in demand around the world. Whatever your field, there are likely many opportunities to use your talents among unreached people. You could be “salt and light,” not as a traditional missionary, but as the professional God gifted you to be. What’s more, you’ll have access to relationships and places where traditional missionaries aren’t welcome.
So what does it look like to be an engineer-on-mission? It’s much simpler than you might think. Read Walt Tucker’s story below and discover for yourself.
An Engineer's Story
Engineer builds disciples among South Asian expats
Walt Tucker isn’t your average engineer. The 52-year-old MIT grad is as comfortable starting house churches as he is building lasers that guard aircraft against heat-seeking missiles.
In fact, Tucker spends nearly all of his time sharing Christ and making disciples in North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham area, but he hasn’t quit his day job to do it. Just the opposite; Tucker’s engineering career is his entree to a sizeable population of South Asian immigrants and expats. Most have come to work or study among the cluster of universities and high-tech firms that make up North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Tucker’s professional background provides a natural point of connection, making the Triangle a strategic place to live, work and play — on mission.
“I make my faith pretty obvious,” he says. “You preach the gospel by how you live as well as by what you say.”
“What you don’t do is direct evangelism during work time,” Tucker cautions. Instead, he advises Christians to look for the in-between times: coffee breaks, around the water-cooler, at lunch.
Sometimes, spiritual conversations come when you least expect them. Working late one night at a previous job in Florida, Tucker remembers kneeling with a laser technician on the floor of their lab as the man prayed to receive Christ.
Excellence at work can also be a witness unto itself. For Christ-followers, Tucker believes a job well done is an act of worship. “People wonder why you’re doing such a good job, and you tell them it’s because I’m doing it for the Lord,” he says.
But making disciples doesn’t stop once Tucker’s off the clock. He spends most of his evenings teaching South Asian believers to become disciple-makers themselves. With the help of his wife, Katie, the couple have started several small Bible studies they hope will grow into house churches.
“Of the South Asians we know who have come to Christ, it’s taken them a period of two to three years of seeing legitimate Christians who really live out their faith before they’ve made a decision,” Tucker says. “We’re in it for the long-haul.”