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 65 years. The Iran Interior Mission, an integral part of our heritage, was founded in 1950. Ever since, Christar has sought to bring the hope of Christ to Muslim communities. Today, our workers are reaching out to Muslims in four continents.
Christar workers use a wide variety of skills and occupations to cultivate Christ-honoring transformation in Muslim communities. We rejoice in the spiritual fruit that God has produced through our efforts:
- Christar workers entered Iran in 1950. By the time workers were forced to leave the country three decades later, there were about 250 known believers. Today, hundreds of thousands of Christians live in Iran. The evangelical population there is growing faster there than in any other country.[i]
- For 15 years, one couple ministered faithfully in Asia, but saw no Muslims come to Christ. 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.
- In a large city in the Middle East, 140 Muslim immigrants trusted in Christ and 80 were baptized in less than eight years. Several have gone to Bible school, and some have founded house churches.
- 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 church in this area has sent dozens of its own workers to serve in least-reached communities.
- A Christar worker founded Arab Woman Today (AWT) in 1999, and since then the radio and online outreaches of this ministry have enabled women throughout the Arab world to hear the gospel. AWT has also equipped thousands of believing women to minister to others.
God has been working in amazing ways to bring Muslims to faith! More Muslims have trusted in Christ since 1979 than in the 13 centuries before. 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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