If you were planning to bring the good news of Jesus to a new neighborhood of 1,000 people, and you learned that there was a small church of five people meeting together in that neighborhood, the best thing you could do is go to that small church and mobilize them.
You could pray with those five people, practice sharing your testimonies, share tools and strategy, and then go out together to meet your neighbors. You could begin to share with them in hopes of seeing many new churches formed in that neighborhood of 1,000. Five locals are so much better than one outsider! That is what we are doing in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
There are approximately 380 million people living in the MENA region of the world. Most of these people have little or no access to the gospel. At the same time, there are 1.75 million Middle Eastern Christians.
The actual ratio is five believers for every 1,000 non-believers. So, we are joining with small churches here in hopes of seeing many new and healthy churches planted.
One of our teammates, Nathan, met a believer named Farris. Farris was excited to do kingdom work but didn’t know where to start. In the last few weeks, Nathan and Farris went together to share with Farris’ friend, Khalil, and he put his faith in Jesus. Then Khalil took Nathan and Farris with him to share with another friend. Now, Nathan is coaching Farris on how to keep sharing with people and how to disciple those two men.
Farris said in all his time volunteering with ministries here, this is the first time in his life he has seen people say yes to Jesus! He is so excited and wants to help his other friends experience the same joy!
Hopefully, we will soon see hundreds of people like Farris raised up all over the MENA region to go, share, and make disciples with joy.