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So the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.'

– Jesus

A Commitment to the Least-Reached

In 2018, the pastors and elders of Crossroads felt a burden for our church to pour energy to minister among one of the most unreached people groups on earth.

In missiology, "least reached" is defined as "A people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance."

Today, 7,408 people groups qualify as unreached. That's 7.75 billion human beings.

Crossroads supports ministry among many of these 7,408 people groups, through partnering with ministry-workers who are sharing the Gospel in some of the most overlooked places on earth. But in addition to this, we wanted to consider what it would look like to dedicate ourselves to one specific people group, with open hands to how God might define this in our own city, in our region, and to the ends of the earth. Our commitment to the Rohingya had begun!

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Many Rohingya have tried to rebuild their lives in surrounding nations, including Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan. However, without legal protections, many continue to experience danger and violence within their country of refuge.

1- FLEEING

Following a large-scale genocide in their home country of Myanmar, the Rohingya were defined by...
Following a large-scale genocide in their home country of Myanmar, the Rohingya were defined by the UN as "The most persecuted minority on earth."

2- REFUGE

Many Rohingya have tried to rebuild their lives in surrounding nations, including Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan....
Today, ministries are working among the Rohingya in places like Malaysia and Bangladesh, providing for physical needs, and sharing the hope of Jesus Christ. Crossroads had the opportunity to support the training and mobilization of many Gospel-workers to these locations, while also providing 500 audio Bibles in the Rohingya language on micro-chips for Bangladeshi evangelists to hand out.

3- MALAYSIA AND BANGLADESH

providing for physical needs, and sharing the hope of Jesus Christ. Crossroads had the opportunity...
Pakistan, however, remained virtually untouched. Facing extreme poverty in the slums of Karachi, an estimated 200,000 Rohingya are in some senses marooned, without the humanitarian aid available in other parts of the world. Because of severe anti-Gospel laws, the ability of the Pakistani church to engage was also under constraint: they were caring for their own body of believers that was struggling.

4- PAKISTAN

Pakistan, however, remained virtually untouched. Facing extreme poverty in the slums of Karachi, an estimated...
As we began to learn more about Pakistan, our love and concern grew. In Pakistan, 1.5 million kids are street children. This is more than the entire population of Dallas, Texas. These kids live in near-constant risk of exploitation, human trafficking, and abuse. Many who are not on the streets are in slavery conditions: Hundreds of thousands of minors live as "bonded laborers" in Pakistan's brick kilns.

5- STREET CHILDREN

As we began to learn more about Pakistan, our love and concern grew. In Pakistan,...
As we evaluated efforts among this Least-reached people group in its places of refuge, Pakistan continued to stand out. While continuing to serve the Rohingya locally and regionally, Crossroads began to pray that God would show us how to be a blessing in Pakistan: to men, women, and children who had fled violence, and were now living in a new valley of the shadow of death. We also wondered how we could be a blessing to the Pakistani church, whose love and courage was like a bright light in the dark.

6- FEAR AND VULNERABILITY

As we evaluated efforts among this Least-reached people group in its places of refuge, Pakistan...
As we prayed, the name Siloam came to mind. We looked up "Siloam, Pakistan, street kids, Arkanabad" and found a Pakistani ministry working among the destitute. They were underfunded and in need of resources to expand their work into the Arkanabad slum. But they were willing to go, full of love for those who had yet to hear the hope of Jesus. As we began communication with them, we were moved to see the work they were doing.

7- THE LOVE OF CHRIST IN THE SLUM

As we prayed, the name Siloam came to mind. We looked up "Siloam, Pakistan, street...
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8- TODAY

Today, Crossroads is blessed to support pastors and Christian medical workers who are going into...

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

SHANE CLAIBORNE

We can only be good Samaritans if we're willing to be close to the kind of streets where people get beat up.

DAVID GARRISON

We pray because our vision exceeds our ability. Prayer is the soul's deepest cry of rebellion against the way things are, seeing the lost of this world and crying out, 'This does not glorify God, and so, by God's grace, it must change!'

FOUAD MASRI

Jesus was the Word of God made flesh, and yet he chose to surround himself with 12. This is the Jesus way...we lock arms together. 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

SHANE CLAIBORNE

We can only be good Samaritans if we're willing to be close to the kind of streets where people get beat up.

DAVID GARRISON

We pray because our vision exceeds our ability. Prayer is the soul's deepest cry of rebellion against the way things are, seeing the lost of this world and crying out, 'This does not glorify God, and so, by God's grace, it must change!'

FOUAD MASRI

Jesus was the Word of God made flesh, and yet he chose to surround himself with 12. This is the Jesus way...we lock arms together. 

GET INVOLVED

Give

Our One" is funded by tithes given to Crossroads. If you'd like to contribute above and beyond your normal giving, please write "Our One," and your gift and will be directed to this ministry. We are grateful for your generosity!

Serve

There are opportunities to serve the Rohingya people in Sheboygan and Chicago, through partnership with a Gospel-based ministry in the heart of "Little India." To serve this community, please contact Devon Oasis directly.

To serve in our neighborhoods, contact us here.

Explore

Are you curious about what Islam teaches, or how a Christian can share the hope of Jesus with someone raised in this worldview? Join us at an upcoming Crescent Project live event to hear practical and theological answers to some of your biggest questions, with testimonies from former Muslims presented throughout. See Crescent Project for more information!

GET INVOLVED

Give

Our One" is funded by tithes given to Crossroads. If you'd like to contribute above and beyond your normal giving, please write "Our One," and your gift and will be directed to this ministry. We are grateful for your generosity!

Serve

There are opportunities to serve the Rohingya people in Sheboygan and Chicago, through partnership with a Gospel-based ministry in the heart of "Little India." To serve this community, please contact Devon Oasis directly.

To serve in our neighborhoods, contact us here.

Explore

Are you curious about what Islam teaches, or how a Christian can share the hope of Jesus with someone raised in this worldview? Join us at an upcoming Crescent Project live event to hear practical and theological answers to some of your biggest questions, with testimonies from former Muslims presented throughout. See Crescent Project for more information!

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