"The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed." - Hudson Taylor
There are billions of people in the world who have not heard the gospel. Over half of the world's population is unreached by the gospel. Not because they have not listened to those presenting it but because they do not have access to it nor have they been engaged with it. Jesus commands us to "go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations." We have a biblical responsibility to make the gospel known and available to those who don't have access to it. Additionally, there are billions of people in the world who live in extreme poverty. The church is called to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the "least of these."
We want you to engage the mission with us as we continue to pray through strategically reaching and actively engaging those unreached with the gospel around the world. Currently, we have partnerships in Athens, Buenos Aires, and Haiti where we are able to serve with compassion and offer real hope both to those with physical needs and spiritual needs.
Athens, Greece is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the entire world. There are several factors playing into the cultural diversity in Athens. Hundreds of thousands of refugees over the last several years have passed through Athens as it served as the gateway to Western Europe for many displaced peoples. Athens is a very centralized location and is fairly easy to access. The ease of access provides a great opportunity to reach the unreached who were displaced and landed in Athens.
We have on the ground partners who we lean on heavily for direction related to meeting both physical needs and spiritual needs of those in Athens from across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. We continue to pray for our partners and the ministry in Athens and that many would come to faith in Christ, be plugged into the local church, and be discipled.
The city of Buenos Aires in the country of Argentina is one of the largest cities in the world. At any given time, there are approximately 15 million people living within the greater Buenos Aires area. For perspective, the population of New York City would make up about half of the population of Buenos Aires. The most telling information about Buenos Aires is not the size, but the condition of the gospel. According to the latest statistics we have, only 7% of the population would identify as evangelical Christians. Meaning there are over 13 million people in the city who have yet to make a decision to follow Christ.
In Buenos Aires, we work alongside our on the ground partners to target specific areas of the city to both serve and evangelize. It is our prayer as our partnership continues to develop that we would continue to expand the reach of the local church in Buenos Aires and that many would come to faith in Christ, be plugged into the local church, and be discipled.
The country of Haiti is the poorest in all of the western hemisphere. There is a long history of deep-seeded economic and political instability. The nature of Haiti can make the carrying out of ministry extremely difficult. One of the greatest challenges with the country of Haiti is communicating clearly the truth of the gospel. Haitian background is deeply rooted with the falsities of voodoo and voodoo very much impacts people's view of the gospel.
We have developed a strategic on the ground partnership with myLIFEspeaks. MyLIFEspeaks has implemented a strategy of building Christ-centered community in the village of Neply with the hopes of reaching Neply and the entire country with the truth of the gospel. We, along with myLIFEspeaks strive to make disciples within Haiti by removing the grips of voodoo from the people and communicating the truths of the gospel.
The Middle East is a brand new partnership for 2020. We are excited about the opportunity we have to serve with compassion and offer real hope in one of the most unreached places around the world. We will be intentionally vague with information in all public settings. If you have any questions contact the missions office.
In the midst of COVID-19 we ask you to join in praying the following for each of our partners.
Pray for the vulnerable people who have very limited access to food or water during this season.
Pray for our partners as they share the hope of the Gospel.
Pray for sustainable ministry in the time of uncertainty.