This October, Justin Long is joining the Ephesus North Africa & Middle East Consultation, where practitioners gather to pray and share with each other about work to start church planting movements in the region. Consider supporting this trip to cover $1,500 needed for travel costs.
Who I am & what I do: I am a 20-year missions researcher focused on highlighting unreached peoples and the need to bring the Gospel to them. If you're viewing this web page, chances are you got here from my Twitter Feed, my Facebook Feed, or my daily blog. I help people who are passionate about reaching the unreached to fulfill their calling by documenting the unreached - where they live, how fast populations are growing, challenges to reaching them, and possible models to use. I am compiling the District Survey (which lists every country, province, district and subdistrict, down to 100,000 population segments, and their current mission engagement status) and the Global Church Growth Outlook (which profiles the Top 40 Least Reached Places and their peoples).
Who I work with: I serve with ActBeyond, a 30-year old mission that sends teams to unreached peoples to start movements. For an overview of what we do, see this video. In my role with ActBeyond, I am part of the Ephesus Global Facilitation Team. The name is taken from Acts 19:9-10, where Paul and his co-workers labored in the city of Ephesus for two years, and as a result "all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord." The Ephesus team wants to see cascading church planting movements start that reach whole families of peoples (all Arabs, all Turks, all Persians, etc), not just individual peoples. (Read more about our vision in Mission Frontiers.)
This project: Several Ephesus Teams have been started in various parts of the world, and one of these is focused on North Africa and the Middle East. Later this year we are having the second annual consultation of the team, where we gather to pray, share case studies and information, and consider how we might improve what we are doing. I serve the group by collating and re-sharing case studies within the group, and providing additional data from work as a researcher.
To attend this conference will cost about $1,500, inclusive of airfare, local transport, lodging and food, as well as administrative fees.
Thanks for checking this out on The Gospel Fund, and for your prayers and participation!
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