Day 29: The Most Unreached

Do you know which continent has the most unreached people, where an estimated 80,000 people die each day without ever once hearing the Name of Christ?

Asia.

Much of Asia is in the 10/40 window.  What is the 10/40 window?

10-40 window

Courtesy of Gospel for Asia.

The 10/40 window is a “window” of the world where 97% of the world’s unreached live–meaning they have never heard or have little opportunity to hear about Christ.

That is overwhelming.  But this is even more shocking to me: only .05% of the resources of the Western church are being sent to this unreached area!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I . . don’t even know where to go on from there.  A part of me wants to be dumbfounded, appalled, and then walk away.  The talk of trying to reach MILLIONS is in honesty sickening to me.  I think it’s why most of us, even as believers, turn away.

If we really gave ourselves the time to realize the horror of 80,000 people dying each day without knowing Jesus, we might never eat out again.  We might never go to another movie.  We might cancel our cable service.  We might wear the clothes we have for another year.  We might even become–missionaries!!

It’s terrifying to think about and so we don’t.

But do you know what is more terrifying to think about?  That millions of people live with a black curtain between them and Christ.

We know Christ tore the curtain separating humanity from God at the cross.  We must imitate in small ways Christ and work to tear down the curtain of ignorance that has cast darkness over most of Asia.

Gospel for Asia is a colossal curtain-tearing movement.  This ministry is as surprising as it is effective.  When you give money to their missions–like sponsoring a child in need or a national missionary . . or buying a goat or rabbits or water buffalo for an direly poor family . . or buying a bicycle or LCD projector for a missionary–100% of your donation goes on-field directly to the mission.  Not a penny is spent on administration.

Do you believe this?  I was very skeptical.  I wasn’t the only one.  Bestselling Christian author Francis Chan was skeptical of the mission, and sent key people from his church to go oversees and check it out.  You can see his testimony to their credibility at this link: http://www.gfa.org/about/endorsements/

He’s not the only one who supports Gospel for Asia.  So does Patrick Johnson of Operation Worldthe Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, and the Independent Charities of America which certified them as “Best in America”, an award given to fewer than 2,000 of the approximate 1,000,000 charities in America.

But how is it possible to give 100% to the field?  I wondered that, and read up on it.  Click this link to read the explanation for yourself.

Through home office staff fundraising for their own salaries and benefits, and low overhead costs . . by trusting God to provide people to give to the home office . . they have been able to survive for OVER 30 YEARS!!  Only if you donate to the “Home Office” fund or “Home Team Staff” fund, or possibly, “Where Most Needed” (which is clearly stated on the site that you may be giving to the home office), does your money go toward administrative costs.

I have never heard of a large-scale ministry operating like this, ever.  I’m blown awayGospel for Asia has something really special going on through God right now, and I want to be in on it.

The variety of ways that you and I can give reflect the scale of the ministry.  This is a huge, huge, HUGE ministry and, as a believer, there is no excuse for us to not help if we have even $1 to our name (which can buy 200 tracts).  (BUT, even if you don’t have a dollar to your name, you can still help–keep reading to find out how.)

The question on Gospel for Asia’s site says it better than I can:

How much would you give to change someone’s eternal destiny?

  • Change your search engine to GoodSearch: this is Super cool and totally free.  Go to GoodSearch.com and for the box “Who do you GoodSearch for?” type in Gospel for Asia and Verify.  50% of the income generated will go to Gospel for Asia.
  • Sell stuff you don’t want anymore on eBay for Gospel for Asia.
  • Tools for Missionaries: Give a musical instrument ($5); funds to help an ‘untouchable’ child have a school uniform, books, tutoring, one nutritious meal a day, and a medical checkup ($50), a VBS (Vacation Bible School) scholarship ($5!), etc.
  • Major MinistriesGive a “Jesus well” for a community as a hub for sharing Christ with villagers ($1,000), a gift to the leprosy ministry, women’s literacy program, persecution relief fund, etc.
  • Empowering the PoorGive an adult tricycle for those who have lost their legs  ($100), an embroidery machine to generate income ($150), a scale ($10) which generates income beause most south Asians go to the market to pay someone to weigh them or their child, a tool kit ($75), etc.
  • From the Stable: Give a rooster and hen ($11), pair of rabbits ($11), a camel ($365), a pair of pigs ($64), etc.
  • Where Most Needed:Widows and Abandoned Children, Home Ministries, Red Light Outreach, etc.
  • Compassionate Services: Flood Relief, Slum Ministry, Blankets ($12), Outdoor Toilet ($160), etc.
  • Giving Bundles: Equipping Missionaries, Gifts of CompassionGreatest Need(This an out-of-the-box idea where you can buy a bundle of gifts to send over, and you can customize your bundle of gifts if you want.)  For example, you can send a bundle under Equipping Missionaries to go to Bible Colleges, Mobile Van Teams, Bicycles, Radio Programming, and Bibles for $195.
  • Christmas Catalog: You can give a milk-producing goat ($70), a BioSand water filter ($30), winter clothing for national missionaries ($40), or even a Barnyard Bundle (6 chickens, 2 goats, 1 lamb, 1 cow, 2 pigs) for $678.
  • Donate your airline miles
  • Non-cash giving: Using your farm, real estate, mutual funds, etc. to support the work in Asia (see Ways to Give tab, click, and select Non-cash giving)
  • Planned giving: Wills, bequests, annuities, trusts (see Ways to Give tab, click, and select Planned giving)

It’s easy to forget about people who live on the other side of the world from us.  But if we do let ourselves forget the, I think that one day when we stand before God and see a people looking back at us with empty eyes . . it will be easy for us to remember who they are.

And then he [Jesus] told them [the apostles], “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” (Jesus, quoted in Mark 16:15, NLT)

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