More than 3 billion people around the world are unreached with the gospel. Why is that? Certain barriers limit how accessible the gospel is to nearly half the world’s population. These barriers include:
Religious and societal customs and beliefs make the gospel less accepted in some cultures.
Some governments outlaw proselytization or Christianity in general.
Factors, such as literacy rates and poverty levels, also hinder the spread of the gospel.
Remote villages may be inaccessible by vehicle or aircraft, requiring someone to trek through rough terrain.
One of the ways East-West aims to overcome physical barriers is through Extreme Teams. These short-term mission teams travel to remote villages to take the gospel where few people can go. The teams can face dangers along the way, including steep pathways, snakes, leeches, and severe weather. In some cases, the journey to some remote villages is considered too dangerous, even for Extreme Teams.
That is what happened to one Extreme Team in South Asia this past spring. The route to one village was too hazardous for the team to travel there safely. While the team decided not to go to the village, one translator felt God nudging him to take the risky journey. It would mean hiking through unforgiving terrain and facing unknown risks; but if someone didn’t go, how else would these villagers hear about Jesus?
Watch the video below and hear Thomas share his story of taking the gospel to an unreached village and how God moved in South Asia.
Stories like Thomas’s, multiplied thousands of times, is how 488,896 people came to follow Christ in the first half of 2022. The Lord has also allowed many more wondrous things to happen. See how God moved in the first six months of this year.
Gospel Shares: 4,986,631
Professions of Faith: 488,896
Disciples Made: 97,874
Leaders Trained: 4,119
Churches Planted: 7,677
New Workers Sent: 358
New Unreached People Groups Engaged: 8
*Statistics are compiled from field reports from January 1-June 30, 2022.
You can multiply your impact and see more stories like Thomas’s happen by becoming a Multiplier. Multipliers are those who give monthly so they can make a continual Kingdom impact to advance the gospel across the globe.
A monthly gift of $25 can reach 5,000 people per year with the gospel!
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