Where Are Christian Missionaries Needed Most Today: 5 Areas To Consider

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Before Christ returned to heaven He gave the command for His followers to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. According to the first chapter of Acts they were to begin in Jerusalem and then work their way out to regions farther and farther away. God’s plan of evangelism has not ceased today. We still have a responsibility to carry the Gospel to those around us and to the rest of the world.

There are so many needs in the world today where the Gospel has not been preached, or is not even allowed. Here are five areas that you may want to consider when thinking about the missionary need.

The 10/40 Window

You may have heard of the phrase the 10/40 window but unsure as to what it means. It is a way to refer to a group of countries and people who are in the least reached region of the world. These are countries stretching from northern Africa in the west through Asia to the east between 10 and 40 degrees north latitude. This band of countries is home to 2/3rds of the word’s entire population. By sheer volume of people and lack of religious freedom, this is a great area to focus the missionary effort.

This region is getting much attention today. A Christian missionary could go to countries in this area of the world and reach so many needy people. Whether you want to call it the 10/40 window (as is popular today) or simply focus your prayers, money and efforts into this region, you will have a great impact on many people for the cause of Christ.

There are still many missionaries who are called of God to work in areas outside the 10/40 window. Be sensitive to their needs as well. They can easily feel like they are second-class missionaries by the way they are treated by those solely focused on the 10/40 countries.

Closed Countries

We still have a responsibility to carry the Gospel to those around us and to the rest of the world.

We still have a responsibility to carry the Gospel to those around us and to the rest of the world.

Outside and within the 10/40 window there are many countries which are closed to traditional missions. Missionaries cannot go in and establish churches freely or even witness on a personal level in some cases. Some countries will allow personal witnessing, but limit public meetings and printed literature such as Bibles.

While a “closed country” may not allow traditional missionaries into their borders, some will legally allow them into the country through alternate work opportunities. Some missionaries have gone into countries as legitimate coffee buyers, technology engineers, doctors, nurses, school teachers and social workers. Those are just some of the many ways that missionaries can get into limited access countries.

Bible Translation

Another area where missionaries are needed today is in Bible translation. Thankfully there are Bibles in many languages. However, it is estimated that there are around 2000 languages which still do not have any of God’s Word available to them in printed form. There are many more than that which do not have a complete copy of the Bible. Many of these people groups don’t have a missionary who can speak their language or have a Bible believer among their native language speakers.

Don’t think that the golden age of Bible translations is in the past. It is true that the most commonly spoken languages have a Bible available to them now. But there are many languages yet to read about God’s precious good news in their own tongue. The opportunity to have a greater personal influence in a translation project is right now.

Pray for and support those involved in this important aspect of missions.

Universities

Many who are interested in missions today are young people who are attending schools of higher learning. I want to encourage you to reach out to those around you. There are millions of students in universities today who have never been taught the Gospel. They are in a stage of life full of searching and uncertainty. This is a great time to share with them the Word of God.

If you are not in school, but live in a college town, you have a great opportunity to reach young people. It is simple and effective to show the love of Christ to college students who are needing guidance. I am not advocating that you look at university students as prey to be captured. Rather, you see them as open minds in which the Holy Spirit can work. Allow God to use you to introduce others to Him and His Word.

University ministry is a great way that you can practically impact a needy mission field right where you live.

Your Neighbors

Along the lines of university ministry, you have a mission field around you every day. Your neighbors are people for whom Christ died. The grocery store clerk needs to hear the Gospel. Your doctor could be reached with a smile and a well-written Gospel tract. See opportunities around you every day to share the Gospel. It is important to reach those in far off lands, but don’t ignore the needy mission field in the houses along your street.

An Amazing Story

A short version of an amazing story is that one day I sat with a mother in Mexico as she cried and thanked God for her son’s salvation. She and her husband had prayed for 14 years that God would send someone who could share the Gospel with their son. Their son was Deaf and they did not know how to communicate with him. Unknown to them at the time, they were praying for my family. God used us to spend weeks and months with their son sharing the good news of the Bible. When he was saved his mother shared their story with me.

You may never know how long someone has been praying for your neighbor. It could be 14 years or 4 decades. You could be the answer to that family’s prayers by walking across the street and sharing the glorious Gospel with the man you casually wave at every morning.

Your Part

Though I have presented specific areas of need, let me encourage you to consider where God is calling you and how He has equipped you. I remember sitting in a pastor’s office as I was preparing to go to Mexico to start a church for the Deaf. His question was, “Do you think Mexico needs another missionary?” I actually somewhat agreed with his question and apparent frustration. Mexico has many missionaries (and, by the way, Mexico is seeing a great harvest and sending out their own missionaries because of it). Yet the pastor’s question was also frustrating to me.

My response to this pastor was, “It doesn’t matter whether you or I think Mexico needs another missionary. It matters that I believe God has called me there to do a work and I have to obey His will.”

It is of little importance where you focus your missionary dollars, prayers or labor as long as you are obeying God’s leading in your own life. The beauty of missions today is that we don’t have to put all of our financial and prayer focus into one place. Though I serve in a specific area and with a specific people group, I can support missionaries working in many different places with my money and my prayers. I want to encourage you to do the same.

Need help learning how to become a Christian missionary? Take a look at this related article:

How to become a Christian missionary

Resource – YouTube video “God of this city” performed by Chris Tomlin



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Randy September 24, 2013 at 2:18 am

Please pray for God’s favor to pass the final interview about my application in mission training school and also God’s financial provision for mission travelling expenses. thank you and may God bless us richly!

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Scott February 6, 2021 at 9:46 pm

Randy, if they don’t accept you don’t worry you are accepted by God if you are sincere.

Scott
40 years missionary in a Asia.

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ebrahim July 2, 2014 at 8:04 am

Iam Ebrahim from India.earlier I joined in a local diocese of our church.I studied long 7 years in the christian seminary and I would like to work as a christian missionary abroad for lifelong.. please guide me in this matter… I never want money or anything…but only my desire is to proclaim Bible…..I never consider missionary work as a carrier for attain anything , but my duty as a christian faithful… is there any opportunity as a missionary for lifelong, please mail me [email protected]

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Jack Wellman July 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Hello Ebrahim. I would talk to your own pastor about this for there is likely missionary work you can do where you live. Many want to evangelize the lost and go overseas when there are lost people in your own neighborhood, your next door neighbor and in your city or county and country. Please talk to your pastor about how you can do street preaching and one on one witnessing.

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AMIN MICHAEL July 13, 2016 at 3:58 am

please if you can send to me some messages about missionaries works in the world today

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Christopher Obinna July 19, 2017 at 4:11 pm

I am a missionary with G R R Rescue Mission in Nigeria GOD is using me in Church planting. if opportunity is grant to me i will like to work in Asia

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Lakshan November 13, 2017 at 3:13 am

I like to work as a missionary any where in the world. Then i can save souls from sins and bring them to jesus.

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caroline areto November 13, 2018 at 11:25 am

thanks for the work. my name is caroline, i am a Ugandan by nationality, i have also lived in Norway and Thailand, i have burden of serving God in Asia and in some of poor African countries as a missionary. but i have no body to help me out so that i God fulfills his will in my life. i could like to join a missionary school then after work in Asia as a missionary. pliz try and look in my request and God will bless u.

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Abaye comfort May 26, 2019 at 3:40 am

Hi did Caroline.if you don’t mind to work in Africa then may I ask you to join me in Nigeria and Liberia
Am into missions of healing for the sick and oppressed persons .I am also called to give the youth a sense of belonging to .thanks

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John Surber December 16, 2020 at 9:36 pm

Do you need someone to mission with you?

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Abaye comfort May 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm

Am an evangelist wanting to connect with available missionaries for mission work for the sick and the oppressed persons.please kindly connect me prompt to
any part of Africa and beyond

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Tunde Richards October 29, 2019 at 3:50 am

Hi Comfort,

I am in Nigeria, can we discuss?

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Umashankar Baghel August 17, 2019 at 7:28 am

I want to work full time missionary in India. Can you guide me any organisation who can support me.

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Deborah Pacheco October 7, 2019 at 1:15 pm

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ: I write and give away tracts for missionaries. I know that there are many in this world still who are illiterate. However, I hope these tracts that I feel are inspired by God will help reach those who can read. I presently have a tract about salvation that is written in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Japanese. It is free to anyone who wants it. If someone could pay the postage that would help me as my income is not large. If not, I will do my best to send them. I will gladly send samples of these tracts if you want to see them. I just want to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world who are in need of salvation.

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Jack Wellman October 7, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Hello Deborah. We are not in a position to send funds for things like tracts or stamps. We get hundred and hundreds of requests and already support a prison ministry, so we are not in this for profit but to share Christ around the world. If God wants something done, He always provides a way for His will. Feel free to share with us what’s on them.

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Walter Cook January 8, 2020 at 1:13 am

Any use for a 55yr old giving his life in Christ Jesus? I really want to move before I get to comfortable with the world I am surrounded by.

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Jack Wellman January 8, 2020 at 9:17 am

Hello Mr. Cook. Churches off serving opportunities…volunteering at the homeless shelter, prayer walking for your church, and any other number of things we are told to do by Jesus (Matt 25:35-36) as unto Him (Matt 25:40) but nothing done for Him is troubling (Matt 25:41-46). You can also witness to the lost and pray for the lost and your church.

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John Surber December 16, 2020 at 9:43 pm

Join Christian truther group in Facebook, other Christian groups and parable of the Vineyard and just talk to people and try to get into a fellowship. Death is all around us from every side and the devil is as a roaring lion so we must be diligent. We must surround ourselves with like minded true believers but most importantly pray always and in this way pursue a deep connection with our God and also in reading scripture. Prayer is not just praying for others as that type of prayer is exhausting and takes much effort and stamina. It should be done but do not wear yourself out because then you will stop altogether. Just talk to God daily about anything. Build a relationship with him and then pray for others as you see fit. Be careful, our bodies are weak but the spirit is willing!

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John July 11, 2020 at 6:19 pm

Seeking courier opportunities to China.

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Jack Wellman July 11, 2020 at 6:24 pm

Do you mean you are seeking missionary work in China, John?

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Ann September 13, 2020 at 6:04 pm

I am 51 years old and help lead international zoom calls for Christ internationally. I am getting my passport activated again and praying about where God has me to go next!

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Jack Wellman September 13, 2020 at 6:42 pm

Will pray for you Ann.

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Robert McErlean December 30, 2020 at 7:19 am

Having spent 52 years in Africa, I can say a larger percentage of Africans know of Jesus and are willing to hear about him. Than in Europe. Europe has relegated Christ to fairy tale status. Following Christ is not considered PC. Unless you are willing to adapt the Word to suit the times.

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Jennifer Garner January 6, 2021 at 9:12 pm

I am 53 and have grown weary volunteering in America. Whether it is food pantries, homeless shelters, reading to kids in schools, all organizations have been taken over by a mindset that (1) touching like hugging those in need should be forbidden, (2) lifting up isn’t necessary (we should provide “freebies” but not Gospel) and (3) God shouldn’t be mentioned. Is there anywhere I might be God’s hands?

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Jack Wellman January 6, 2021 at 9:37 pm

I see your very good point that this sounds like the “social gospel” where they’re only making the world a better place to go to hell from, so the gospel should be mentioned, Jesus Christ must be talked about, for we do these things (Matt 25:35-36) for Him (Matt 25:40), but don’t let this get you down. Keep on serving, BUT share Christ. You may be the only real salt and light where you volunteer, and if you don’t share Christ, who will? I do believe there is room for a prison ministry for women…and this is generally a letter writing or pen pal situation.

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Jennifer Garner January 6, 2021 at 9:54 pm

Jack, God bless you for replying! God has certainly used you tonight. You honestly have lifted my heart. Prison ministry for women will be something I look into immediately. God bless you, sir.

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