Why the Hardest and Darkest?
“I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation” (Romans 15:20)
The Apostle Paul was driven by an ambition to preach the Gospel, a strong desire to bring the truth about Jesus to those who had not heard of His name and His fame. Nearly two thousand years after the missionary task began, there are still around 2.8 billion people who sit in great darkness with little or no access to the Gospel. Among those people, 66,000 will die today without ever having heard the Good News.
ACTS sends pioneering Gospel workers to unreached and unengaged people groups, yet with a specific focus on the hardest and darkest places of the earth. These regions and people groups are not just those who have no concern or interest in Christianity, but are actually resistant and even hostile to the gospel of the glory of Christ. Often times among these people groups, the culture, the media, and/or their education has told a different story about Jesus, blaspheming His name.
Only about 10% of the 250,000 Christian missionaries in the world today are focused on the 10/40 window, where nearly 98% of the world's unreached are. Missiologists have called this "the great imbalance". In order to complete the Great Commission, there must be an aggressive push among these people groups.
Unto this end, ACTS trains missionaries and young leaders and sends them to the hardest and darkest places in the 10/40 window.