“La belle, la douce,” (meaning “the beautiful, the sweet”) is how the French describe their beloved country. Europe possesses some of the most beautiful coastlines and mountains in the world! Known for its windmills, cheeses, chocolates, great cathedrals, famous landmarks and one of the best railway systems in the world, Europe is a fusion of old and new, countryside and cosmopolitan. While in one region snow-capped mountains nestle tiny villages lost in time, in other regions gypsies migrate along the rivers and live near trash heaps, focused simply on surviving day to day. Situated nearby the vast and colorful fields of tulips are also many mosques and prayer rooms which serve the nearly one-million Muslims and Hindus living in Holland alone.
Europe’s face is definitely changing and it is a land of least-reached peoples! Christar workers are creating and capitalizing on expanding opportunities for ministry, including medical services, teaching, athletic training, social events and youth activities. Prayerfully consider joining Christar in this incredible place of ministry!
The Middle East is known as the birthplace of Christianity, yet today it is one of the neediest regions of the world. Over 97% Muslim, many nations in this area prohibit open sharing of the gospel. Nevertheless, God is using unrest in many parts of this region to open hearts to Himself.
As a result of internet outreach and discipleship, radio programs, education programs and other efforts, Muslim background believers are growing in number and maturity. While there are guest workers in much of the Middle East from all over the world who help with development and are followers of Christ, only a small minority of them are intentionally working to reach Muslims in the Middle East. Now may be the most critical time in history to share the good news with Arabs and with the Kurdish and other minorities that reside among them.
Though it was once the land of the seven churches of Revelation and of Paul’s journeys, the region of the Middle East known as Asia Minor has been described as the largest unevangelized country in the world. For example, for over a millennia, Turkey was a Christian stronghold, but today it is 99 percent Muslim. The growth of those practicing Islam is characterized by the increasing number of women wearing Muslim head coverings and men bowing toward Mecca. Its people are known for their hospitality, but the vast majority cannot welcome Christ into their hearts because they’ve never heard the gospel.
The culture of this region is a colorful mosaic of the East and the West. However, the overwhelming Islamic majority and strong nationalism make establishing churches a difficult task. A deep resistance to Christianity is embedded within the culture and becoming a Christian is often viewed as disgraceful and almost treasonous.
Christar teams are establishing churches in the Middle East. Some are making disciples among refugees from countries with very few believers. These disciples will take the good news with them, back to their home country or wherever they immigrate.
South Asia is a land of incense and idols. Temples of elephant and monkey gods await daily sacrifices of those lost in spiritual darkness. Dirty, ragged children beg on street corners and eunuchs offer to remove curses for those willing to pay a fee. The poverty stricken rummage through garbage-lined streets in search of something to eat while cows viewed as sacred roam freely around them, safe from slaughter. This is a land of great mystery. South Asia was introduced to Christianity as early as the 1st century but sadly, 2000 years later, much of the region remains a least-reached mission field, where few have heard the gospel. The belief in reincarnation and the search for meaning in a frightening spirit world leave the lost scared and searching for fulfillment.
While South Asian churches are reproducing rapidly and 122,000 churches now exist, the caste system often prevents the Good News from moving freely from person to person. The division of individuals into separate castes creates a dichotomy, making the spread of the Gospel challenging. On one end of the spectrum are cities of growing industries and call centers staffed by educated people servicing the world, and on the other are those whom society deems untouchable. Consider how you might join Christar in reaching these least-reached people! Contact us to learn more!
The ancient lands of the Far East are known by many for their spirituality, but the majority of the 1.5 billion people who live there don’t know Jesus. From congested cities to mountainous farmlands to tropical island paradises, the land and its people are diverse. We praise God for the explosive growth of the church among some people groups, as seen in the many fellowships that have emerged among the majority Chinese. Some groups of Far Eastern believers have even begun to send their own cross-cultural workers! However, our hearts still break for the millions—Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists and followers of folk religions—who are still without a culturally-relevant gospel witness.
Christar workers are using a wide variety of ministries to establish reproducing churches in the Far East, in areas including education, business, agriculture, friendship evangelism and discipleship.
North Africa pulses with color and history, from its bustling bazaars to the reminders of the numerous empires that shaped the culture of the Arab and Berber peoples who live there. The gospel arrived in North Africa as early as the first century and provided Christianity with some of its most distinguished theologians, such as Augustine, Origen, Tertullian and Cyprian. But the influence of Christianity faded after the advent of Islam in the 7th Century; today over 97 percent of the region’s people are Muslims.
Islam is the state religion in several countries and, in some places, the already high levels of persecution against Christians are rising. We praise God that, in spite of this, the church is re-emerging in some areas. However, millions of Arab and Berber peoples remain without the gospel. Christar is working to establish culturally-relevant churches in North Africa. Help North Africans hear about the hope of Christ, many for the first time! Contact us to learn more!
You have seen the new immigrants in North America—the Pakistani Muslim who pumps your gas, the Gujarati Hindu who owns the motel where you stay, the doctor who treats you when you’re sick or the student who studies for the same classes as you. These immigrants living near you are from many of the least-reached people groups of the world. Do you know if they have heard about the Lord Jesus Christ, the only way of salvation? Are you concerned?
An estimated five million Muslims, three million Buddhists and Shintoists and two million Hindus and Sikhs live in North America. Most first-generation immigrants in the United States and Canada can only understand the gospel in their own language and culture, making it difficult for many North American believers to share Christ with them without the help of a believer who understands that language and culture. Christar associates are working to plant churches among several least-reached people groups as they communicate the good news in meaningful ways. You can be part of bringing the gospel to least-reached communities in North America!
Central Asia is a colorful mosaic of traditions and peoples. Some of these cultures emerged from the former Soviet Union; others share history with India and the Middle East. A few of the countries of Central Asia have become known as centers of unrest, but what the evening news doesn’t share is that over 96 percent of Central Asia’s Muslim population of more than 500 million people still lack a church in their own language and culture. Most of these Muslim cultures incorporate elements from folk religions, with prayers at the tombs of Sufi saints being very common. Christianity is usually viewed as foreign and in most countries legal hurdles seek to limit the gospel’s spread. These range from an automatic death sentence for anyone leaving Islam in Afghanistan, to Russia, where religious freedom is specified in the constitution, but more recent laws can impose restrictions on religions.
We praise God that Central Asian churches are some of the fastest growing in the world, despite growing persecution in some areas. Christar workers are establishing culturally-relevant churches, but are only just scratching the surface in terms of the need and opportunity.