Spain sits on the Western edge of the only post-Christian continent on the planet. The birthplace of bull fights, the Inquisition, and espanol, it is also the home of El Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, which tradition believes leads to the site of the Apostle James’ tomb. Pilgrims throughout the ages have travelled this spiritual path, marked by scallop shells and lit by the Milky Way; however, this land of deep passion is also one of great apathy. 10% of the population is atheist and while 69% call themselves Roman Catholic, only a quarter of the nation attends a religious service once a month. While walking the same path of as pilgrims from centuries past, your trek through northwest Spain will be one of the heart: the journey of your relationship with God, of this nation’s need for Christ, and of his deep, never-ending love for those who have rejected his name.
Known for couscous, iconic architecture, and cities such as Casablanca, Fes, and Marrakesh, Morocco is a land of spice, beaches, mountains, and desert. With rich cultural influences from the indigenous Berber, Arabic, Sub-Saharan, and European nations, its second largest industry is tourism. 99% of the population are Sunni Muslim, which means the entire nation lives without the hope of Christ. As you delve into this culture of works-based religion, strong self-discipline, and uncanny faith, you will live the power and presence of the Gospel in a land where it is not welcome.
Egypt is a country rich in historical significance. The Egyptian people are no less rich in their cultural goings-on today. A country shaped by the past and under religious bondage, the people of Egypt are hungry to hear of the freedom brought through Christ. While pyramids and palaces give the land a romanticized veneer, under the surface lie hearts in need of relationship and hope.
Regarded as the Holy for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, tens of thousands pilgrimage to Israel each year. Because it is deemed a holy place for many religions, religious and ethnic conflict are common. Walk in Jesus’ and the disciple’s footsteps and share peace with a nation with deep religious history.
Considered on of the safest Arab countries in the Middle East, Jordan has historically manage to keep itself away from terrorism and instability. As the conflict increases in the middle east, Jordan has been greatly hospitable, accepting refugees from Palestine and Syria. It has also become a safe haven for thousands of Iraqi Christians fleeing the Islamic State. Encourage both locals and refugees alike with the love of Jesus Christ.
Known for its beaches, Cyprus also has a rugged interior with vast wine regions; making it a hotspot for tourism. It’s also known for its Greek Mythology and houses Mt Olympus. But not everything is as it seems, the religion and nation is divided. With the north being ruled by Turkey, it’s inhabitants are majority muslim, and the south being an independent nation, many are Greek Orthodox. Share the truth of the Gospel and see forgiveness take root to a nation divided.
After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey was united in 1923 under Ataturk. Its location at the crossroads between Europe and Asia makes it an influential player in European and Middle Eastern politics and economy. Although there is no official religion, more than 99% of the Turkish people are Muslim. Istanbul has long been the headquarters of the Eastern Orthodox Church, but Christians still make up less than 0.2% of the population. The potential for outreach in this country is enormous. Come bring light to this beautiful nation of people who desperately need to personally experience the love of Jesus.
Straddling Europe and Asia, the nation of Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world, yet it is one of the least densely populated. The term “kazakh” comes from an ancient Turk word meaning, “independent; free spirit” - a perfect description for its horseback nomadic culture. Its over 130 different ethnic groups come from both Europe and Asia. The last to declare independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Kazakhstan has the largest and strongest economy in Central Asia due to an abundance of mineral and fossil fuels. With 70% of its population Muslim and 26% Russian Orthodox, it is also a land in need of the Gospel. While in this land of free spirits, you will share the truth that real freedom comes from dependence on Jesus Christ.
Due to its mountainous terrain, Kyrgyzstan is isolated from its neighbors and farther from the sea than any other country on earth. It also has one of the most preserved ancient cultures in the world. As a crossroads of ancient civilizations - from the Silk Road to other commercial trade routes - and a land of nomads itself, its people are an almost pristine picture of the great warriors who walked the land centuries ago. The birthplace of Islam for Central Asia, Kyrgyzs consider themselves more cultural Muslims than devout practitioners. While in Kyrgyzstan you will share the ancient truth of how God, the ultimate warrior, conquered death so they can live victoriously.
Founded by Genghis Khan in 1206 and under Communist rule until 1990, Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country in the world. 30% of the population is nomadic. The capital, Ulaanbaatar, is home to almost half of the country's population. The people of Mongolia are highly independent, used to relying on themselves and their immediate communities as they live and travel throughout the land. The majority of them are either non-religious or Tibetan Buddhist. Most have never heard of Jesus. Is God calling you to share the Gospel in a land where His name isn't known?
Home to the Great Wall and a sixth of the world’s population, China is one of the most exciting and strategic places to be a missionary. While China has grown in leaps and bounds industrially, intellectually, and economically, it's still a politically closed nation. Depending on where you travel, you may meet Buddhists, Muslims, and Taoists—but very few Christians. However, the underground church is extensive and continues growing (and even thriving!) amidst persecution. Will you encourage the long term missionaries in China and share the love of Jesus in a country where His name is not known?