This month’s stat that should change your life comes from researched compiled by Patrick Johnstone (creator of Operation World) and Duane Miller. Here it is:
There are, right now, more than 60,000 Saudi (Arabs living in Saudi Arabia) men and women who are active followers of Jesus.
What do you think about that? We are talking about a country where conversion from Islam is a capital offense. If you are not a Muslim, you can’t even enter some cities in this country. They have actively worked to block/limit any sort of Christian presence and proclamation, and yet…AND YET the Gospel is going forth!
So, what’s the take away? First, I hope we understand the power of prayer that is evidenced in this stat. Since 9/11, prayers for the Muslim world have increased dramatically, and those prayers are having a significant impact. Second, many of these believers have encountered Christian truth through technology. We have to continue to ask, “how can we use technology to see the Gospel advanced in countries that are hostile to Christ’s message?” Finally, it shows that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Johnstone and Miller share that the increase of missionaries in the Muslim world since 1960 has been significant. Should we be surprised that more laborers and more sowing of the Gospel results in more conversions?! What if we had sent twice as many laborers over the last 5 decades?
What do you think about this stat? Share your thoughts!
To see the numbers for other countries and to hear how the research has been conducted, be sure to read the entire article.