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If the world was 100 people:
20 would live in a slum
42 would never hear about Jesus
49 would live on less than £1.50 a day

IT’S NOT NEWS TO SAY THE WORLD ISN’T PERFECT!
BUT GOD’S HEART IS TO BRING THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT JESUS TO THE POOR;
HIS FREEDOM FOR PRISONERS; HIS HEALING FOR THE BLIND AND HIS RELEASE TO THE OPPRESSED (LUKE 4:18).

HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE WAYS IN WHICH THIS IS HAPPENING
ACROSS THE WORLD:

The Gospel

JESUS COMMISSIONED THE CHURCH TO ‘GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS’ (MATT 28:19). THERE ARE STILL MANY WHO HAVE NOT HEARD OR EXPERIENCED THE GOSPEL.

WORLD POPULATION: 7.17 billion people
REMAINING UNREACHED: 2.99 billion people

of the world has no access to the gospel.

INTERSERVE WORLD UNREACHED:
2.91 billion people

of the world’s unreached live in Interserve’s area of service1.

3% of all Christian missionaries are working in the region where 97% of the world's unreached people are living. This quarter of the world seems to be unseen by the Church. What can we do? Well, our first response should be a commitment to see this statistic changed.

There are five responses that any of us can follow: 1) learn, 2) pray, 3) advocate, 4) give, and 5) go.

 

The Persecuted Church
The global persecution of Christians is one of the unreported catastrophes of our time.

There are 11 countries where persecution is extreme (i.e.violence and death) and 27 countries in the world where Christian persecution is severe2.

 

Open Doors reported 2,123 Christian martyr deaths in 2013 (a stat thought to be conservative). The role of the western Church has evolved increasingly. We must be a moral support, spiritual friend, facilitator and nurturer for local believers, especially fledgling national churches who are under pressure from overt and covert persecution.

The Homefront
War, persecution, education, business and dreams of
a better life drive 500,000 people to immigrate to
the UK each year.
The welcome is not always warm.

UK STATS3:

 

While politicians and the media argue about the cost of immigration, ordinary Christians are showing their faith by defending refugees, housing asylum seekers, running food banks and sharing the Gospel through resources such as Friendship First or the Al Massira course

Tariq: the Imam on his deathbed

A friend of mine who works as a doctor in the north of Pakistan was friends with a local imam, whose son was a secret believer in Christ. The imam was diagnosed with cancer and, despite my friend performing two operations, it became clear that he didn’t have long to live. He went home to be with his relatives. My friend visited him and, in the presence of all of the imam’s relatives and religious students, prayed for him in the name of Jesus. That night the imam couldn’t sleep and woke his son, asking him “why did the doctor sahib pray in the name of Jesus? What can Jesus do?” His son explained about Jesus, going from Genesis all the way through to the gospels. The Imam thought for a long time and finally said, “I believe that to be true”.
John in Pakistan
 

Want to know more about where you could fit into this picture? Get in touch and have a chat. 

 

POVERTY AND INJUSTICE

‘I HAVE CHOSEN TO…LOOSE THE CHAINS OF INJUSTICE…SET THE OPPRESSED FREE….TO SHARE YOUR FOOD WITH THE HUNGRY…TO PROVIDE THE HOMELESS WITH SHELTER…TO CLOTHE THE NAKED.’ (ISAIAH 58:6)

GLOBAL POVERTY:

22,000 children die each day due to poverty4.

 

When confronted by mass poverty the first instinct of many is to simply throw money at the problem. However, it’s not just finance that’s needed but love expressed through  incarnational engagement whereby we share our lives and in that context to identify sustainable solutions in the areas of:
  • Schooling and Education
  • Microfinance
  • Social Enterprises
  • Business as Mission
  • Sustainable Developments
 

We understand the good news of Jesus not just as a kind of life-jacket to cling to in death but as containing power to change our lives. The good news is primarily concerned with transforming our relationships with God, each another, and with God’s creation – not just signing us up for eternity. 

By investing in people we:
  • forge transformational communities of people that reproduce and grow
  • encourage local participation and ownership 
  • increase education and provide opportunities
  • offer freedom from destructive patterns and behaviours
  • advocate on behalf of the marginalised and poor
  • increase family health and well-being

TRAFFICKING:

Human trafficking is modern day slavery. Criminals
can only profit from the sale of drugs and guns once
but they can sell a victim’s services again and again.

There are 27,000,000 people in slavery today5.
That’s more than the total population of London,
Washington DC, Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Madrid
and Amsterdam.

Trafficking is a complex and emotive issue and our response is focused into two main areas:

Prevention:
  • Community education
  • Preventative standards
  • Consumer education
 
Help for the victims:
  • Rescue and aftercare centres
  • Investing in new skills and work opportunities
  • Re-education of value and self-worth

 

Alisha: tied to a chair

When I arrived at school, I noticed a highly troubled girl. Alisha, was tied to a chair and put in a corner of the room out of the way. Her uniform had holes in and she had her shoes on the wrong feet. I remember her big eyes staring at me; she was panicked by the new face in the room. I made it my aim to transform her from being a child who was used to restraint to being a child who felt able to run around and express her freedom in a way that any young girl wants to do. I untied her and we sat her at the table to join in. It took a great deal of patience and time, but gradually we began to notice the panic in her eyes subsiding, day by day, week by week. After five months, she started to speak and she gained a sense of belonging. There’s still a long way to go. But we’re in it for the long haul.
Catherine in India
 

Get in touch to find out more about how you can make a difference in the lives of the poor and oppressed by giving, going and praying.

 

HEALING AND DELIVERANCE

 “FOR OUR STRUGGLE IS NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST THE RULERS, AGAINST THE AUTHORITIES, AGAINST THE POWERS OF THIS DARK WORLD AND AGAINST THE SPIRITUAL FORCES OF EVIL IN THE HEAVENLY REALMS.” EPH. 6:12

SPIRITUAL OPPRESSION AND
STRONGHOLDS:

Behind the news headlines and the reality on the
ground there is a spiritual battle going on.
There is a real unseen enemy at work against the plans of
God, to keep people in bondage. (2 Cors.4:4)

 

Prayer is powerful. We pray and resource others to pray. God goes ahead, speaking directly into people’s lives, through dreams and visions. Christians who are on-hand follow-up to help them respond to Jesus who is reaching out to them. Sometimes special prayer is needed to break curse or remove dark influences in people’s lives. 

SICKNESS AND DISABILITIES

Often hidden away, the sheer volume of people who are sick, disabled, injured, mentally ill, lonely or vulnerable in a society is not immediately apparent. Shame and fear seem to surround disability in all cultures and as a result treatable conditions can remain uncared for. The Interserve community engages in doing something about this.

Number of doctors vs. number of child deaths6

 

Medicine
Mission Hospitals, clinics and itinerant medics have become one of the focal points in modern Christian mission. This expresses the desire to become the hands and heart of Jesus. It combines prayer, modern medicine, professional expertise and spiritual commitment and care. The aim is to bring healing to thousands of the poorest and most vulnerable through direct intervention, support and education.

Azim and Sadia: dreams and miracles

‘A family in a remote part of Central Asia knew no westerners, only a single Interserve partner who lived among them under a local name. The wife was having difficulty conceiving and the Interserve worker shared with the family about Jesus. One night the husband had a vivid dream of Jesus coming to him and rebuking him for not listening to the words of the lady who He had sent. Soon the wife conceived and had a son.

The man told the Interserve worker about the dream and told everyone Jesus had given them the child. When locals required the men of the village to help build a mosque, the man refused, saying that it would not make him any more acceptable to God. 

A Testimony from Central Asia

Want to know more about how you can make a difference in lives like this? Get in touch today.

 

We are engaged in 22 of the 27 hardest places on Earth, serving people with the good news about Jesus among the peoples of Asia & the Arab World. 

 

Interserve is one of many playing its part in God’s mission to bring the good news about Jesus to the nations. The needs are great and there is much to do.

There are five responses that any of us can follow: 1) learn, 2) pray, 3) advocate, 4) give, and 5) go.

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