Evangelism

Missions Monday – The 10/40 Window

Where is the gospel needed most? Well, everywhere, by everyone, always. However, there is a strategic way of looking at the places in the world where the gospel has yet to be shared or that has very few believers altogether. This is the 10/40 Window.

The Joshua Project is an very helpful site for the pulse of gospel-need in places the name of Jesus has scarcely been heard, if heard at all. Here they break down the need on for the gospel in this part of the world:

“The 10/40 Window is the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia approximately between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. The 10/40 Window is often called “The Resistant Belt” and includes the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. The original 10/40 Window included only countries with at least 50% of their land mass within 10 and 40 degrees north latitude. The revised 10/40 Window includes several additional countries, such as Indonesia, that are close to 10 or 40 degrees north latitude and have high concentrations of unreached peoples. See the original and revised country lists on this page. An estimated 4.65 billion individuals residing in approximately 8,349 distinct people groups are in the revised 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window is home to some of the largest unreached people groups in the world such as the ShaikhYadava,TurksMoroccan ArabsPashtunJat and Burmese.

The 10/40 Window has several important considerations: first, the historical and Biblical significance; second, the least evangelized countries; third, the unreached people groups and cities; fourth, the dominance of three religious blocs; fifth, the preponderance of the poor; sixth, the strongholds of Satan within the 10/40 Window.

An estimated 2.85 billion individuals live in approximately 5,823 unreached people groups are in the 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window also contains the largest unreached peoples over one million. In addition, the 10/40 Window contains the overwhelming majority of the world’s least evangelized megacities — that is those with a population of more than one million. The top 50 least evangelized megacities are all in the 10/40 Window! That fact alone underscores the need for prioritizing 10/40 Window Great Commission efforts.”

How will you reach the staggering number of people who live in this part of the world? How will I? By the grace of God and in His power alone we can pray, send and go. 

For more on the 10/40 Window check out The Joshua Project’s page committed to this area of the world.

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The Costa Rica Effect

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. The towering mountains and lush, vibrant vegetation make it’s landscape simply breath-taking.

But aside from the aesthetics, the people are beautiful. Through their hospitality they have shown me what it truly looks like to serve others. Many of the believers here have already made a deep impact in my life: a pastor and his family along with men and women of God who are bent on serving our King with committed, humble hearts.

As I’ve examined myself and what God was teaching me it was obvious that other members of my team were experiencing something similar. Both students and leaders have shared that committed, humble, hospitable, God-fearing people here have caused them to think about the attitudes and norms of our Americanized Christianity.

Maybe it’s good to leave the familiar for the adventure. Maybe it’s good to fly away from time to time. Maybe leaving “The Bachelor” for the mission of sharing an actual love story in a beautiful, tropical, foreign land would be good for you, but bad for ratings. This love story has a Son sent to a lonely place for a lonely purpose and a lonely death, forsaken by his father. But after only days this Son defeats the sin (mine and yours) that sent him there in the first place! He is then received back by his father, who knew all along of the anguish and torture his Son would endure. This would be, and still still, a history-changing, life-altering story for all mankind; worthy of our mission endeavors.

As the comfortable shores of home vanish in the distance our Father has a way of speaking to us, showing us our misconceptions and pointing us to his own heart. One of a diverse love for all of his diverse children in every possible corner of the world. I’m very glad that in my little corner I have the privilege to serve with incredible leaders and
quite a crew of student-servants who are drawing closer together and closer to our Lord. Great things are happening!

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Life Is Reverb

I used to always resist the bandwagon or trend as long as possible as a teenager and collegiate.  Now I find myself sipping a latte’ at a Starbucks while on my laptop simultaneously checking my Twitter and Facebook accounts all the while listening to music from my iPod.  I’ve come a long way from my earlier days.  With all that said, I know I’m a bit late to the “blogosphere” but I beleive that this will be a great tool in sharing my heart and life with those close (and not so close?) to me.   Now being in full-time ministry, I look forward to being able to share with the young people and parents I minister to in our church family.

About the title “life is reverb”:  I truly believe our lives reverberate what we invest ourselves in.  The output of our lives is determined by the input.  Simple as that.  Could it be that the reason we are confused about our output is that the input is nothing but the temporal and trivial?

10  With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Psalms 119:10-11 (ESV)

The storage in our hearts is too often saved for things and should more often be reserved for our precious Savior.  Are we seeking and not wandering?  Are we concerned more with our social networking status than our status before our Father?

6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

1 John 2:5-6 (ESV)

How can we echo Jesus’ steps if we not internalizing them?  Not internalizing tradition or code or programmed behavior…but simply Jesus.  I pray that is my desire and yours.

Your life is reverb of something.  You are a product of something.  What is it?  If it’s not Jesus then it’s not worth it.  More to come…

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