Striving for Peace
Nearly 1.8 billion people are Muslims, making them the largest least-reached religious bloc in the world. Approximately 3,470 people groups are primarily Muslim; the majority of them have no culturally-relevant gospel witness. It’s been estimated that fewer than one in five even knows a Christian.
Christar is driven by a passion to establish churches among the least-reached, those who do not have access to a church in their own language, culture or in proximity to where they live. We trust the Lord to work through us as we send teams to cultivate Christ-honoring transformation in Muslim communities throughout the world where He is not yet known or worshiped.
A Heritage of Ministry Among Muslims
Christar has had a burden for Muslims for over 60 years. The Iran Interior Mission was founded
in 1950 and merged with Christar in 1955. Today, our workers are establishing reproducing
churches among Muslims on four continents.
It’s our desire to be faithful in the ministry to which God has called us, while trusting Him for
the results. Christar teams cultivate Christ-honoring transformation in Muslim communities by
meeting needs within those communities, with the ultimate goal of establishing reproducing
fellowships of believers. From a radio broadcast and website that reaches Arab women in
over 20 countries to business endeavors that provide both employment for least-reached
people and opportunities to share the gospel, Christar workers use a wide range of creative
outreaches to live out and share the gospel in least-reached communities. We rejoice in the
ways God has been working through our efforts! Here’s just a sample of the ways we’ve seen
- In the late 1970s, Christar workers began reaching out in a Muslim community in the
Philippines. After a period of challenging and sometimes dangerous ministry, they finally
saw several in the village trust in Christ. Today, a thriving group of churches in this area
has sent dozens of its own workers to serve in least-reached communities.
- In South Asia, a growing church network has been planted among a least-reached people
- For 15 years, one couple ministered faithfully in Asia, yet saw no Muslims come to Christ.
However, in the eight years that followed, they helped plant a fellowship of 100 people and
enrolled over 4,500 students in a Bible correspondence course.
- Multiple churches have been established in Central Asia over the past 15 years. Some are
now sending their own members to plant new fellowships.
- Christar workers are seeing abundant fruit in the Middle East, including the planting of
multiple churches among Turks and Persians.
- Christar has been privileged to be a part of the work God is doing in the hearts of Iranian
Muslims. Today, Iranian believers number in the hundreds of thousands!
- In a large city in the Middle East, 140 Muslim immigrants have trusted in Christ, and 80
were baptized in less than eight years. Several have gone to Bible school, and some have
founded house churches.
At Christar, our prayer is that God would bring more Muslims to Himself, and that He would give believers around the world a desire to reach Muslims for Christ.
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