Some Christians ask: “How can we be concerned about other countries when there is so much evangelism yet to be done here at home?”

To answer that question, consider this worker to need ratio:

In North Africa, there is only one Christian pastor or missionary for every two million people.

What a great imbalance!

If the ratio of Christian workers to total population that exists in North Africa were applied to the U.S. and Canada, those two countries would have about 120 full-time Christian workers living in them. Also, there would be only 7 small churches in the entirety of those two countries.

(For more mind-blowing stats, check out Chances Are You Don’t Care)

Here’s a visual representation of that what the church situation in the U.S. and Canada would look like if the North Africa worker to need ratio was applied to those two countries:


Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

We are experiencing this missionary task force imbalance at The Bridge, the Within Reach Global outreach center among 100,000 college students.

Please pray for us as we reach the least reached people groups and college students in Southeast Asia.

Want to partner with us to fund The Bridge outreach center and reach thousands of students? Donate here or contact us at the Within Reach Global contact page.

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Adapted from Mission Frontiers, a publication of the U.S. Center for World Mission.

David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
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