What's Next

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The Mission Gap project was never meant to have a pre-established finish line. History proves that people and cultures and viewpoints do not stand still. Life as we know it is always changing. In fact, even the pace of change is ever-changing!

In that spirit, we continuously have our sights set on new locations to conduct original research.

Our goal is to gain a richer understanding of Jesus followers, their perspectives about the Great Commission and their willingness — or lack thereof — to engage in missions.

We won’t stop learning if it means church leaders, pastors and para-church organisations are better-equipped to get Jesus followers off their couches and into global missions.

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Research Focus: Arabian Peninsula

The Arabian Peninsula region is the heart of Islam.

After centuries of protective isolation, in the last half-century, the people of the Arabian Peninsula have been brought face-to-face with the rest of the world. Now is the time to make the love of Christ known and available to the beautiful people of this land.

Those best prepared to witness in the Arabian Peninsula are the few Jesus followers who already live and work there, or who come from a nearby culture with similar roots, lifestyle and language. To effectively equip and activate these Christians, we are conducting an Arabian Peninsula research project to learn how to inspire and partner with Jesus followers in this region. This research will impact the work of numerous ministries in the Arabian Peninsula. As with all Mission Gap Project resources, the learning will be shared at no cost for all ministries and Jesus followers serving in the area.

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Research Focus: Mekong Region

The Mekong River flows through much of Southeast Asia, providing fertile soil and water.

The Mission Gap Project wants to see people in this region access the Living Water, and has established the goal of nurturing a vibrant community of Jesus followers within reach of every household in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

To fully realize this goal, we are conducting a research project to learn how to inspire and partner with Jesus followers already living and working in this region, as they possess the appropriate cultural context and have been positioned by God for this work. As with all Mission Gap Project resources, the learning from this research project will be shared at no cost to all ministries and Jesus followers serving in the area.

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Research Focus: South Asia

On a global scale, North India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are three of the five nations with the highest number of unreached people.

On average, there is one full-time Christian worker for every 500,000 Muslims in these countries, and it is projected that by 2030, India will be home to the largest number of Muslims in the world.

Conducting research in this region is critical to our strategic efforts to spread the love of Christ by equipping Jesus followers who already live and work in these countries. Through our research, we’ll learn how to inspire and partner with these local Jesus followers, so they can effectively reach the people in this region who have yet to hear the Good News. As with all Mission Gap Project resources, the learning from this research project will be shared at no cost to all ministries and Jesus followers serving in the area.

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Research Focus: North Caucasus

The Caucasus refers to the nations that lie between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

The North Caucasus is located in the southern part of the Russian Federation and is home to more than 5 million people, including more than 40 ethnic groups who have never heard the gospel.

The people best prepared to share the love of Christ in this part of the world are those Jesus followers who already live and work in this region, or who come from a nearby culture with similar roots, lifestyle and language. Our North Caucasus research project will help us effectively reach people with the hope of the Gospel by equipping locals who have been naturally prepared and positioned by God for this work. As with all Mission Gap Project resources, the learning from this research project will be shared at no cost to all ministries and Jesus followers serving in the area.

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Research Focus: Sahel Region

The Sahel is a belt of land located just below the Sahara in North Africa.

People living in the Sahel face danger and insecurity on many fronts, from violence by extremist groups such as Boko Haram, ISIS and Al Qaeda in the West, to the North-Korea-like authoritarian regime of Eritrea in the East. Political instability, ongoing drought, and endemic poverty compound the situation, obscuring signs of hope.

We are on a mission to see 350 vibrant communities of Jesus followers take root in the Sahel by 2027. To reach this goal, we are conducting a research project to learn how to inspire and partner with local Jesus followers in this region. Our vision is to see the love and hope of Christ quench the thirst of this parched land and people. As with all Mission Gap Project resources, the learning from this research project will be shared at no cost to all ministries and Jesus followers serving in the area.

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Partner with us!

Our research is conducted in partnership with organisations that:

  • Are passionate about God’s church
  • Want to communicate more effectively
  • Want to inspire participation in the Great Commission
  • Are eager to make disciples of all nations

If you are interested in working with us to gather meaningful, actionable, affordable insights rooted in real-time research, let’s talk. We’d love to learn more about your church or ministry organisation and discuss your locations of interest.

Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.

Proverbs 27:23 NIV

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