Yes, I have to admit I fudged a bit in my last blog entry. For the sake of the analogy I was creating I gave you the wrong coordinates for the world map team member. It’s really the 10-40 Window that has captured the attention of Christians worldwide for more than two decades. It’s the same area, though. In the countries surrounding the Mediterranean, moving east across Eastern Europe, the Middle East, India and East Asia live billions of people with the greatest density of unchurched on the planet. The Gospel has yet to reach many of them.
A good number of major religions have their centers of influence here – Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, atheism. These religious strongholds have militant elements and are often bitterly antagonistic to Christians. Amazing advances are being reported, but the going is tough, costly and demands long term commitment.
And this part of the world is young. Of course, children present a force to be reckoned with all over the world. An estimated 2.3 billion, roughly 30% of human beings alive today, are children. Just one example: It’s estimated that 50% of the population of Madagascar is 18 and younger.
That’s why KidZ at Heart exists. Our mission is to mobilize short term teams to equip believers overseas to effectively disciple their kids to love and follow Jesus with their whole heart. Kidz Kan for Families, our website based magazine, is designed to alert English and Spanish speaking families to their great opportunity to partner with us in this effort.
Won’t you carve out some time this week and begin to (or continue to) equip your kids to intercede for children around the world?
A wall sized world map is very useful. Displays of photographs from missions’ magazines can be the center piece for a worship center. Begin now to invest in a children’s atlas, Operation World, and other items that help you join hands and hearts in agreement with God. He loves the world and He welcomes you into his giving heart for kids wherever they live.
Finally, prayer is often a misunderstood activity. It’s so much more than presenting lists of requests to God. It’s praising Him for Who He is. It’s thanking Him for what He does. It’s confessing sin and neediness and accepting His forgiveness. It’s talking over situations and asking Him to guide. It’s simply remaining quiet in His presence and waiting to hear what He says to our listening hearts.
And praying can be active, inter-active, noisy or quiet, fun. It is, however, strategic in God’s design for advancing His global kingdom. And we’re invited to join Him as He puts into place His rescue plan for children around the world.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Eph. 6:18