From the Andes Mountains to the Caribbean coastline and the Amazon rainforest, Colombia is one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world. It is also home to unreached tribes, a large student population rapidly rejecting the Gospel, and thousands of children living on the streets. Colombia sits at the crossroads of Central and South America, making its culture almost as diverse as its natural resources. Heavily influenced by Native American, Latin, European, African, Middle Eastern, and American cultures, 71% of its people practice Roman Catholicism. Will you share universal truth of God’s love with the people of Colombia?
Named after the Spanish word for “Equator”, Ecuador is full of natural beauty. From the Amazon River to Andean glacial volcanoes, this country—and its people—are sure to enthrall you. As diverse as its landscapes, the indigenous and Incan influences give this country a unique culture. Although 95% Catholic, indigenous shamanistic practices are often integrated into religion. Few have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. With more than half of the population at or below the poverty line, Ecuador is a country waiting for God's Kingdom to come. Will you share the truth of His Kingdom with people looking for hope?
From the breathtaking Andes mountains and vast coastal deserts to the lush, tropical rainforests of the Amazon Jungle, Peru is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth. The birthplace of several proud, ancient civilizations, present day Peru is home to multiple indigenous groups who blend into a unique and beautiful culture. Sadly, the people of Peru struggle with extreme poverty and class inequality. Government corruption hinders economic development, and many people face problems like teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and crime. Will you share God’s love with people hungry for hope?
Also known as the Ivory Coast, its name is derived from the profitable trade of ivory during the seventeenth century, bringing such a decline in elephants that the trade virtually disappeared by the eighteenth century. With the majority of the population being muslim and two civil wars in the past decade, the Ivory Coast is in need of the good news.
Home to the largest waterfall in West Africa and beautiful sandy beaches, Ghana is a popular destination to tourists looking to explore Africa’s natural beauty. The nation has one of the strongest economies in Africa and one the highest school enrollment rates on the continent—over 95% of children attend school. You will find scripture painted on local business walls and vehicles throughout small villages. While hope is present and the gospel is being preached, there are still deep roots of tribal religions and witchcraft. This country is a source, transit, and destination country for the human trafficking of both adults and children. This nation, literally named “Warrior King”, needs to fight for its people. Will you share the freedom of Christ in Ghana?
This landlocked country is one of the poorest in the world. With about 90% of population relying on subsistence agriculture, a drought could cause a national famine at any time. Witchcraft and animism are also major parts of all religions, including Christianity. Despite this, the country saw a huge growth in Christianity from 10,000 in 1960 to over 1.4 million in 2010. With its poor economy and the prevalence of animism, Burkina Faso is a country in need of a move of God.
Known as “Black Mountain”, Eastern Europe’s Montenegro shares borders with Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia, and Albania. Formerly part of the Communist Yugoslavia, the nation is still recovering from the impact of Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Having declared independence from Serbia in 2006, Montenegro is currently working to be the newest member of the European Union. Ethnic tension runs generations deep. With so many people groups living within this tiny nation; they are most united in their religion: over 70% practice Serbian Orthodoxy, while the Albanian citizens (19%) are Sunni Muslim. This is a country of deep wounds and even greater dreams; they are hungry for the hope and healing found through life in Jesus Christ.
The lore of Dracula brings thousands to explore the history and beauty of Romania, from its castles to the idyllic countryside dotted with horse drawn buggies and endless herds of sheep. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Romania is quickly rising out of the impoverished state leftover from that era. Still, economic growth is an impossible dream for many orphans and widows, who struggle to for food and hope for the future. Will you share the good news of being remembered and loved by God with those who feel forgotten and alone?
Cambodia boasts the famous Angkor Wat, a Hindu temple that later became a Buddhist monastery. Hidden for centuries under dense jungle, today Angkor Wat is one of most photographed places in the world. Cambodia itself is struggling to heal from one of the worst genocides in modern history. In the 1970’s, the Khmer Rouge killed over 1.5 million men, women, and children. Faced with inconceivable poverty and desperation, Cambodia became a source, transit point, and destination for human trafficking. The people of Cambodia are hungry for hope and healing. Will you share it with them?
Behind Thailand’s beautiful beaches, its people’s smiling faces, and the tropical jungles lies a terrible secret: modern day slavery. In Buddhist culture, women work to support their families so men can earn spiritual merit as monks. Many parents send their daughters to work in cities where the only option is prostitution. As the country’s natural beauty continues to draw visitors, sexual tourism continues to grow. It’s estimated 60% of tourists visit the Red Light Districts—and 90% of Thai men visit local karaoke bars for the same reason. Will you share the freedom of Christ with the broken in Thailand?
Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has one of the most competitive economies in all of Asia. Known for the tallest twin towers in the world, the Petronas Towers, it is a rising power in our global economy. With a large number of immigrants from India, Thailand, China, and Burma, Malaysia is culturally rich, with heavy influences of Hinduism and Buddhism. However, this culturally diverse and rapidly developing nation is mostly Muslim. With 61% of the population practicing Islam and 19% claiming Buddhism, the majority of Malaysians have never heard the Gospel. Will you share the love of Jesus in Malaysia?