I live in a county with 300,000 people and 600 protestant churches, mostly evangelical. That’s 1 church for every 500 residents. New churches are planted every year, and of course, some are closing their doors. Regardless of how one spins it, my county is not short on churches.
Let’s compare my county with Abbaad’s community. I’m not talking about Abbaad’s county or city, but merely a community within a mega city. He serves in a community with about the same number of people as my county but without one known church. In fact, I’m not even aware of one other believer serving his community full-time.
The scenario I described is not unheard of in South Asia. The spiritual fields are rocky and many are not being worked or have too few laborers doing the work.
Abbaad manages a community center. He has English classes, after school tutoring for children, programs to help widows learn a skill to earn a living, and he plans to open a computer center this year to equip the youth with skills that will help them find decent employment in the future. All this is done to build bridges, connect with his community, and share the Gospel.
Abbaad is a Silk Road Catalyst missionary and is one of several SRC workers taking the Gospel to those who have never heard.
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