Jesus said, “This Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). Many Christians in North America are under the false impression that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached throughout the world; many believe that the work of the Church is done. But we know better. If the work of the Church was completed, Jesus would have returned.
There is a rectangular shaped area of our globe stretching from 10 degrees north to 40 degrees north latitude. This rectangle is known as the 10/40 Window. It includes North Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia. It holds the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. It is home to an estimated 4.65 billion individuals. The majority of them are unreached by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Since the founding of our denomination, the Church of the Lutheran Brethren has played a part in reaching the lost in the most difficult places on earth. Our four mission fields are all located within the 10/40 Window.
The Lord has chosen our denomination to engage the enemy on the front lines. We have rejoiced as souls have been transformed, and we have wept for those who have been lost. We currently have twenty missionaries working in Chad, Japan, Taiwan, and a creative access country in Asia, but we are searching for more.
Missionary Dan Venberg has accepted the role of Mission Mobilizer and Recruiter. He is currently working with over a dozen couples who have shown interest in international mission. Our goal is to find three units to join our team in Chad, and an additional unit to join our team in Taiwan.
Our work within the 10/40 Window has not been without difficulty. Satan does not surrender ground without a fight, but we persevere. We push forward believing the Gospel is the gift of salvation and not even the gates of hell can stand against it (Matthew 16:18).