Global Mission’s Top 10 Places to Pray For

Nina* wasn’t raised in a Christian home. In fact she didn’t even know much about Christians till her neighbors invited her to study the Bible with them. Even before they invited her to study the Bible she’d noticed that there was something special about them. As she dug into the Word of God with them she learned more about God and eventually accepted Him as her Savior and was baptized.

For five years Nina’s neighbors had unknowingly witnessed to her through their actions, so when they asked her to join their weekly Bible study she wanted to know more about their lives. Without the witness of her neighbors she might have ever known about Him.

Nina’s neighbors are an Adventist couple in Central Asia who wanted to do something to help tell the world about Christ Jesus. In this part of the world there are few Adventists, and almost no Global Mission pioneers. In fact a couple years the government closed ago several existing Adventist Church. In many parts of the world, without the personal witness of people like Nina’s neighbors 

Central Asia isn’t the only place in the world that is desperate to know about Christ. It is not the only place in the world were it is exceptionally difficult to share the gospel. Much of the 10/40 Window, with 60 percent of the world’s population, remains largely untouched by Christianity. Stretching from North Africa, through the Middle East, and into East Asia, the 10/40 Window is a high priority area for Global Mission. With relatively few Christians, it is home to many of the world’s major religions, fastest growing cities, and some of the world’s poorest people. Many living within this region have never heard the name of Jesus.

The Christian church as a whole is in decline in postmodern-secular areas of the world. And the church struggles to gain or maintain a foothold in the rapidly growing mega cities of the world.

For years the Adventist Church has spent the vast majority of its resources in areas where Christianity is known. Today Global Mission continues to make the 10/40 Window a priority in mission.

Following is a list of the top 10 countries that Global Mission has identified as places for which to pray. They each are places where few to no Adventist live and where there is little chance of a new congregation starting in the next year. We ask you to please pray with us for God to open a window of opportunity and pray for the Adventist Church to know how to share the gospel when it opens.


REGION: Middle East

The birthplace of Christianity, the Middle East is largely untouched today with the gospel. The Adventist Church has struggled to grow in this region known for political unrest and religious strife. {Global Mission fund number 5280}

Syria

What is the form of government of Syria? Republic under authoritarian military-dominated regime

What is the predominant language of Syria? Arabic

What are the major religions in Syria? Islam, Christianity, and Judaism

By the numbers**:
20 million – population
0 – Adventist membership
1:20 million – ratio of Adventists to population

Saudi Arabia

What is the form of government of Saudi Arabia? Islamic absolute monarchy

What is the predominant language of Saudi Arabia? Arabic 

What is the religion are people in Saudi Arabia? According to some 100 percent Muslim

By the numbers**:
28 million – population
0 – Adventist membership
1:28 million – ratio of Adventists to population

Yemen

What is the form of government of Yemen? Republic

What is the predominant language of Yemen? Arabic

What religion are people in Yemen? Mostly Muslim, minority groups of Jews, Christians and Hindus.

By the numbers**:
22 million - population
0 – Adventist membership
1:22 million – ratio of Adventists to population

Turkey

What is the form of government of Turkey? Parliamentary republic

What is the predominant language of Turkey? Turkish

What is the major religion of Turkey? The majority of Turks are Muslim

By the numbers**:
74 million – population
0 – Adventist membership
1:923,000 – ratio of Adventists to population


 

REGION: NORTH Africa

While Christianity has grown throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Northern Africa has seen little growth. Some countries have only recently been entered and there are still unentered countries in North Africa. This region of the world is a difficult place for cross-cultural missionaries to work and can be expensive to establish a congregation. {Global Mission fund number 5230}

Mauritania

What is the form of government of Mauritania? Military junta

What is the predominant language of Mauritania? Arabic

What is the major religion of Mauritania? Nealy all Mauritanians are Muslim

By the numbers**:
3.2 million - population
7 – Adventist membership
1:400,000 – ratio of Adventists to population


Somalia

What is the form of government of Somalia? Coalition government

What are the predominant languages of Somalia? Somali, Arabic, and English

What religion are most people in Somalia? 99.9% of the population is Sunni Muslim

By the numbers**:
9 million – population
0 – Adventist membership
1:9 million – ratio of Adventists to population


 

REGION: Asia

Worldwide there is one Seventh-day Adventist for every 423** people; but it’s far different in Asia. In Taiwan, there is one Adventist for every 4,415** people. Most of them come from minority ethnic groups in the mountains. In Laos there’s not one ordained Seventh-day Adventist pastor for the country’s six million people. And in Japan, the church is struggling to survive with low baptisms and an aging church population. {Global Mission fund number 5240}

Bhutan

What is the form of government of Bhutan? Constitutional democratic monarchy

What are the major languages in Bhutan? Officially it is Dzongkha, however Bhutanesse also speak a variety of Tibetan and Nepalese dialects. 

What are the major religions of Bhutan? Three-fourths of Bhutanese are Lamaistic Buddhist. The remaining 25 percent are Nepalese-influenced Hindus.

By the numbers**:
671,000 – population
0 – Adventist membership
1:671,000 – ratio of Adventists to population

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)

What is the form of government of North Korea? Socialist republic

What is the predominant language of North Korea? Korean

What are the major religions in North Korea? Historically most North Koreans were Buddhists or Confucianists, today most independent religious groups have been disbanded.

By the numbers**:
866,000 – population
0 – Adventist  membership
1:866,000 – ratio of Adventists to population


 

REGION: THE SILK ROAD

For centuries a vast network of trade routes linked Europe and Asia, the East and West. Today this ancient Silk Road, which stretches from Western China to the Middle East, marks a path where Christianity is hardly known — vast cities with no Adventist believers. {Global Mission fund number 5250}

Central Asia

What is the form of government in Central Asia? Presidential republic

What countries make up Central Asia? Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

What are the major languages of Central Asia? Russian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen, and Uzbek

What are the major religions in Central Asia? Muslim and Russian Orthodox. After some 70 years of Communist rule many people consider themselves either secular or atheist.

By the numbers**:
60.4 – population
6,316 – Adventist membership
1:9,568 – ratio of Adventists to population

Iran

What is the form of government of Iran? Islamic republic

What is the predominant language of Iran? Persian, Turkic, and Kurdish

What is the major religion in Iran? Muslim (Shia: 88 percent, Sunni: 10 percent)

By the numbers**:
72.2 million - population
29 – Adventist membership
1:2.4 million – ratio of Adventists to population


 

Despite all the challenges that remain the Adventist Church’s frontline mission program—Global Mission—is reaching the unreached with hope. Each year some 3,000 Global Mission pioneers around the world are telling people about the love of Christ. Since 1990 pioneers have helped establish more than 11,000 new Seventh-day Adventist congregations throughout the world.

One hundred percent of every dollar you give to Global Mission goes directly to the mission field. Thank you for your ongoing support.



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