Why the Middle East?
The Middle East is a region in the midst of a massive storm—one of the “greatest humanitarian crises of our era.” Syria and Yemen are torn by civil war, Iraq still has large swaths of land occupied by the Islamic State, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains tense, and the governments of Saudi Arabia and Turkey are growing more and more oppressive. Even relatively stable countries like Jordan have had a massive influx of refugees that are fleeing the violence of the neighboring states.
Acts 11 describes another refugee crisis: a scattering of believers fleeing persecution in Jerusalem after the martyrdom of Stephen. Refugee Jewish believers in Messiah preached the Gospel across ethnic lines in a city called Antioch and sparked a revival across the Mediterranean basin. (Acts 11: 19-30)
Today, God is again sovereignly scattering people, and his Gospel is being preached across ethnic lines unto revival.
In the Islamic World today, there are 1.62 billion Muslims, 83% of whom are classified by missiologists as unreached. In this time of unprecedented displacement of people, the Church has the opportunity to be Jesus’ hands and feet, and the privilege of proclaiming the Gospel to those who have not heard.
It is to this ripe harvest field that the Lord is sending his workers!
Read more about the unfinished work of world evangelism here: Preaching Today
Read more about what missiologists describe as the 10/40 window here: The Joshua Project
Dig into some statistics about the unreached peoples of the Arab world here: The Joshua Project
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