There are between 450,000 and 500,000 full-time occupational missionaries on the globe. This does NOT include pastors or church staff. There maybe up to 600,000 if we consider the few thousand unknown cases of missionaries in poorer regions where there are no records of their work. Let’s assume there are a lot more than recorded and round that number to 1 million. There are close to 7 billion people on the earth with about 550-650 million evangelical, born again Christians. Each person that this number accounts for, has the job of reaching the other 6.5 billion unbelieving people. Do these numbers seem waaaaaay off to you? They should. This basically comes down to only 1/5th of 1 percent of the Body of Christ is presently engaged in full-time missions.
I began a new coaching relationship today with an SRC colleague in South Asia (via phone and video conferencing) and for security sake, I will call him Isaac.
Isaac's community is predominantly Hindu. His parents found the Lord but Isaac rebelled and did not give his life to Christ as a teenager. After becoming strung out on alcohol and drugs, his mom calmly pleaded with him to give his life to Jesus. That night he prayed with his parents and repented of his sins.
The following prayer is prayed by Aasim.
Lord, I thank you that you are a merciful and gracious God. You shine the sun and send rain upon both the just and the unjust alike.
You love even those who don't know you and worship idols as gods, for your mercy endures forever. Your arms are always open to receive them as your prodigal son because there is no sin too great for you to forgive and its never too late even for the biggest sinner to come to you.
Day laborers in South Asia. They are a wonderful, hardworking group of people numbered in the millions who are often overlooked, underpaid, and regarded as the lesser within society.
Many have families whom they have left behind at their rural homes to find work in the larger cities. Some bring their families with them in two. But, no matter their individual circumstance, to say their life is challenging is a gross understatement.
They are the backbone of economic success across South Asia. Without them, the middle and upper classes would not enjoy their lifestyles as much as they like to think. Why? Because the day laborers are the ones who clean the streets, clean the homes of the wealthy, work in jobs that pay minimally, dive into sewer pits to clean out our crap….literally, and do all the jobs most of us would not be caught dead doing. South Asia desperately needs these workers yet they are the ones most negatively affected when a crisis hits, like COVID-19.
Prayer prayed by a Muslim Background Believer in India
Hello everyone, I am calling out to you to join with me and pray for Muslims in India.
Loving God, I am praying for Muslims during this month of Ramadan. Lord, you are loving to all lost peoples so I am praying for them. Every morning to evening, they will fast for the next 3 0days so I am praying for all Muslim communities where they are living in the world and especially for those in Delhi and India.
It was first in January that we heard of the corona-virus on TV and everyone thought that it would be just like EBOLA or SARS and life went on as usual.
I run shop in Delhi, India, one of the metropolitan cities with a population around 30 million crammed into an area around 14 hundred square kilometers with a population density around 30,000 people per square mile. The primary reason for this high population density is that people from all over the country visit Delhi in search of work, mostly migrant workers.
On the 21st of March, the Prime Minister called for a voluntary lock down for one day on the 22nd. On the evening of the 22nd, he announced that the lock down would be extended till the 14th of April. This announcement caught people off-guard and unprepared.
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