Over the last few weeks, we have had 3 of our GI mission teams in 3 very different areas of the world: Asia, the Middle East, and Africa—a contrast of very different outreaches. Two out of the three were in the 10/40 window—which, if you’re not familiar with that term, it is “the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia approximately between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude.” (the Joshua Project).
The team I led was to the country of Nepal. We regularly send trekking teams for the express purpose of church-planting among the unreached in the Himalayas, developing leaders, and ministering among the “untouchables.” We often encounter people who have never heard the Gospel or the name of Jesus…ever.
Another GI team was in East Africa—where, in areas, seems saturated by Christianity. Yet much of this area of the world falls prey to syncretism, which can be defined as an amalgamation of different religions. This means, many people “believe” in Jesus, but they also believe in animism (worship of nature), Islam, and false cults (Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness). As believers, we know that you cannot serve two masters.
Our team in the Middle-East faced reaching those who have willingly subjected themselves to a false religion. Adherents are aware of a “god,” but their practices and beliefs are quite different from ours. “Church” among Christian believers and converts rarely looks anything like what you and I experience every week.
It is important to realize that the enemy hates everyone. He perverts and twists the opportunity God provided through Jesus to be saved, and have a personal relationship with Him. Unless someone tells people about Jesus, they are destined to eternity in Hell, and we are proactively doing something to change that.
Jonathan Haward, President & Founder