Persia’s Mission

Crossroads has opened new missionary work in Afghanistan, Iran, and Tajikistan focused on establishing the underground house church movement in each country. This new initiative we call the Persia Initiative.

Leading this work is a very successful Afghan church planting couple, Ramazan and Shamsia. Ramazan, Shamsia, and their two young children lived in Afghanistan until the Taliban takeover and were responsible for planting a number of house churches throughout Afghanistan. Forced to flee Afghanistan due to their church planting activities Ramazan joined Crossroads earlier this year.

Today, Ramazan, together with a team of 9 Afghans, leads our online digital evangelism and church planting initiative targeting Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Iran – an audience of 62 million Persian-speaking people. Utilizing Facebook our team members identify and engage Persian-speaking “seekers” surfing the internet looking for answers to some of life’s questions – “Who is God”, What happens after death”, How do I deal with my fear, shame, or anxiety”, “Who is Jesus?”.

Since joining Crossroads, Ramazan and his team have shared the gospel online with 46,945 individuals. In addition to these evangelism and church planting efforts, our Persia Initiative team members focus on after-conversion issues like discipleship and the training of national leaders for a growing house church movement.

Join With Us In Praying …..

  • For open hearts and minds of the Persian people to the gospel – Afghanistan, Tajikistan, & Iran.
  • That Crossroads can develop highly efficient digital platforms and methods for making disciples in a growingly complex world, especially in places where the gospel is outlawed and persecution is common.
  • That Crossroads will effectively prepare and train the next generation of house church leaders capable of taking the gospel into all the world.
  • For the funding required to produce our next-generation digital online platform – $16,000 needed to build the platform with all its capacities (a one-time expense) plus $6,000 for a year of Google ads targeting “seekers” who are online looking for answers to life’s 13 most pressing questions. A total of $22,000.
  • For Ramazan and his family:
    • Open doors for Ramazan to raise his missionary support – he now must raise support, something he has never done before.
    • Adjustments to living in the USA – dealing with the cultural realities and struggles living in a strange new country.

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India’s Mission

Reaching The Unreached – The Bodos People:

On Aug 2022, Crossroads, India held a 2-day follow-up training workshop for 32 of the 59 indigenous missionaries trained in last year’s Crossroads Church Planting Conference. Many of these indigenous missionaries work in extremely difficult areas where their lives are threatened daily as they share the gospel. One of those areas is among the Bodos people, an Indo-Mongoloid group of Tibetan origin and the largest ethnolinguistic group in Assam, India. Those who are not Hindu follow Bathouism, which worships Bathoubwrai, the god of the sun, earth, air, fire, and sky

To date, indigenous missionaries have shared the gospel 1,055 times in 15 Bodos villages doting the Assam province of India. These missionaries face strong resistance but remain undeterred and determined to plant His Church amongst this unreached people group. Adding to these missionaries’ difficulties are the anti-conversion laws now in place within parts of India. These anti-conversion laws impose fines upwards of 50,000 rupees for both those who share the gospel and those who convert and become Christians. The effort of course, is to halt the advancement of the gospel and intimidate, if not punish, those courageous enough to share the gospel of salvation among people hostile to its message.

Going beyond initial and follow-up training in effective church planting, Crossroads outfitted each church planter with much-needed practical “tools” – a leather messenger bag, bibles, discipleship materials, and a high-powered flashlight needed to traverse the jungles from village to village at night safely.

Join With Us In Praying For These Missionaries Working Among the Bodos People Group…..

  • For courage and grit in the face of persecution to press onwards with the gospel accelerating church planting efforts among the Bodos people group.
  • For funds to provide Church Planting Conference Training in 2023. We have 4 of these Training events scheduled for 2023. The goal is to train 200 more indigenous church planters targeting the Southeast region of Asia (Myanmar, Thailand, Southwest China, Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia).

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Pakistan’s Mission

On November 15, 2022 Crossroads, Pakistan staff met together for a night of prayer and intercession focused on the nation of Pakistan. Our Crossroads staff interceded throughout the night, seeking a spiritual breakthrough and new strategies from God to penetrate what are some of the most resistive people in the world to the gospel of Christ.

The next morning, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, our team decided to target a different segment of the city they are working in. Team members conversationally engaged those they met along the road, in the markets, and in the small storefronts doting the streets with the gospel of Jesus Christ and their own stories of how they came to faith in Christ. For those who seemed interested, staff members invited them to carry on the conversation informally at a local tea shop. Over a cup of tea, our staff shared the gospel of salvation in more detail, inviting people to become followers of Jesus.

Though no one came to Christ that day, a few days later, team members were invited to join a gathering of families from the area who wanted to hear more about Jesus. About 40 people were present at this gathering of families. That evening 30 family members accepted Christ as Lord and Savior.

Our Crossroads, Pakistan staff are now conducting follow-up meetings, distributing bibles to each new convert, and walking these new believers through a discipleship plan intended to ground them in the word of God and their new faith.

Join With Us In Praying …..

  • For open hearts and minds of the Pakistani people to the gospel.
  • For protection for our Crossroads staff as they continue to share the gospel and new believers.
  • Additional funding for Bibles given to new converts.

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