I started this year to work with a mission organization called Christar. I help to assess and evaluate candidates for training in a life of serving in the least-reached areas of the world. Here’s their focus:
It’s a remarkable organization. Their goal is clear: “. . . to establish churches among least-reached Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and other Asians worldwide.” At a banquet in January, US Director Dr. Robert Kilgore shared some eye-popping statistics. For example, “More Muslims have come to Christ in the past 25 years than in all previous history combined.” The proportion of believers in the world has grown at a remarkable rate over the past 40 years. Look at the graph.
I was encouraged to hear that the number of languages with the scriptures has exploded over the past century.
I am particularly impressed by Christar’s sensitivity to and respect for other cultures. They’re not interested in Americanizing other cultures. Instead, they want to introduce the person of Christ to people whose hearts and lives can be transformed.
All nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. (Psalm 86:11)
The Bible indicates that this is the where humanity is to end up. So I think Christar is participating in the grand scheme of God who will bring this about.
. . . for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:9-10)
I think the world would be a much better place if everyone in it were more Christ-like.