Unreached people and places are unreached for a reason! Reaching them with the gospel takes wisdom, creativity, and prayerfulness. God has placed on the hearts of IMB leadership an effort called “globalization,” which is a strategy to mobilize and send qualified men and women to the unreached peoples of the world, regardless of their nationality.
In some places, Americans are severely limited in their ability to access these peoples, but due to geopolitical and cultural realities, citizens of other countries have open access. In other contexts, multicultural teams and partnerships will join existing IMB teams to engage these hard-to-reach peoples. Your gift will fund that effort through vision-casting, training new missionaries, and undergirding ongoing partnerships.
Additionally, God has begun to raise up Central Asian believers who feel called and ready to serve in other countries. Globalization is the process of not just receiving missionaries, but also sending. As a part of discipleship and planting healthy churches, local believers will be trained in how to send missionaries from Central Asia to unreached peoples around the world.
From the mountain peaks of the Caucasus to the steppes of Kazakhstan, the heartland of Asia is a place of mystery, having been mostly off-limits to travelers for the last 2000 years. With its blue-domed cities, frenetic bazaars, and remote yurts, Central Asia captures the romance of the Silk Road. Ancient traditions, loyal relationships, and generous hospitality make up the foundation of Central Asian values. Once home to the early church, Islam is now the predominant religion of Central Asia. Architecture, dress, and cultural expectations are all marked by it's influence.Political, religious, and cultural divisions have fractured Central Asia's governments and global relations. This instability has left people seeking an anchor for hope and peace. Jesus is their peace, but most of Central Asia's 365 million people have no knowledge of the gospel.
Pray that as Central Asians will meet the life-giver and Prince of Peace so they can experience the abundant joy that Jesus offers.