I am a Goer who will be serving in Northern Africa beginning this coming Fall. For the next two years, I will be working with refugees coming from all over Africa and the Middle East. I will be predominantly learning Arabic to aid my ministry. There are currently around 6,000 unreached people in the world. These are people who have never heard the name of Jesus. Most of these are actually Muslims. Much work has already been done in this work, and more people groups are cultivating larger numbers of Jesus followers, which is awesome! However, with the more recent influx of Middle Eastern Arabs, we are seeing a group of people who is not being reached. There is still much more work needing to be done.
We want to aid all of these refugees by helping to fulfill their temporal needs through refugee advocacy. This will mostly entail cultivating relationships with among these people groups—something that is very important within these societies. Many Westerners have a hard time understanding the full importance of the relationship to these people, but it really determines their daily life. It affects who they trust, who they choose to commerce with. It is a great opening for spreading the light of Jesus into their lives! To show that we care so much about them as people and that we care about their land—even that we love them and we love their land—really can mean so much to them.
I am so excited for this opportunity, and I hope that you will follow me along the way! Please be praying for myself and the other Goers being sent throughout the world.