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He Will Make the Wrong Things Right / Flipping the Model on Its Head / You Can Help!

Bangladesh #3

Something really stirred my heart the other day. It may sounds kind of odd at first, but to explain, you need to follow me on this. I brought up our Lion Gear facebook page (which has ~2,500 likes) and facebook threw a statistic at me. Facebook told me that the single largest demographic of people that follow the Lion Gear page are 18-24 year olds in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh! That wowed me. Here’s why….

About 6 years ago, almost to the day, I was doing one of my primary annual tasks working in the enterprise division of a global telecommunications company. That task entails looking at hundreds of the largest metropolitan areas of the world and ranking them for economic power and demand for our products and services. The idea, then, is to build business cases to enter some of the next largest markets that we are not already participating in. So, one day, I thought…I have been looking at hundreds of the largest metropolitan economies in the world. What if I flipped the whole model upside down on its head and tried to find the metropolitan areas that have a combination of the lowest economic power and the highest populations. This, of course, would not be a strong prospective business market, but instead, should show me some of the darkest, poverty-stricken, needy, lost and forgotten people on the globe. When I analyzed the data, several countries and cities stood out. But the #1 city that seemed to rank the highest on this scale was Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dhaka, Bangladesh is the 8th largest city in the world. It contains approximately 15 million people and is one of the most densely populated and fastest growing cities. It is also one of the poorest cities in the world. The annual per capita income of Dhaka is estimated at $1,350 (USD). A large segment of the population of Dhaka live below the poverty line and many live on approximately $5 per day. The people there are approximately 90% Muslim, with only approximately 0.4% claiming to be Christian. According to the Joshua Project (http:///www.joshuaproject.net), the single largest unreached people group in the world, is the “Shaikh” in Bangladesh. This unreached people group contains over 128 million people! Dhaka is the single largest collection of these unreached people!

So, how, short of a miracle, (and I know miracles are involved :) ) did these young people in the forgotten city of Dhaka, Bangladesh begin following Lion Gear facebook (where they see scripture and encouragement posted daily)? Well, I guess this shift began, when, inspired by a message by Lou Engle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6Ic3jQOXeM) I (and some followers of a new Pray Ekballo 24/7 twitter and facebook account I started) began to pray for all the unreached people groups of the world once every ~10 months (about 7,000 unreached people groups). After that, ideas began to come.

One thing I remembered seeing is an article a lady wrote about reaching unreached people groups using facebook ads. So, I tried it…and it worked! At Lion Gear, we now place facebook ads in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, India and Pakistan (where there are many unreached people groups) to watch the Jesus Film in their own language. When they click on the ads, it automatically links them online to the Jesus Film in their own language! Thousands, in fact, almost 40,000 now, have clicked to watch the Jesus Film from those five countries, including thousands from Bangladesh! Hundreds of them share the movie with others, offer comments, and many also come back and like the Lion Gear facebook page (and get further encouragement there). Believe it or not, as poor as many of these people are, millions (and millions more annually) have cell phones and facebook accounts!

The Bible says in Isaiah 61 that, “the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.” And my friend, our Lord is doing it! It is happening now, all over the globe. Even in the darkest of places! Have you joined Him in His harvest?

How Can I Help?

So, progress is being made, and in recent years, millions are beginning to turn to Christ in some of the toughest places in the world across the 10/40 window! But you may wonder, “How can I help?” Here are several ways to help:

1. Learn! One great place to learn about the unreached people of the world is at Joshua Project: http://joshuaproject.net/

2. Pray! Jesus said, “The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-38, AMP). You can follow our Pray Ekballo 24/7 Facebook or Twitter accounts to pray for laborers to be thrust out to the unreached people groups of the world. We post/tweet one unreached people group per hour at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pray.ekballo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrayEkballo247

3. Give! You can contribute via PayPal to Lion Gear and designate the funds to go to one of our unreached people group ad campaigns. Here are three options:

a. Buy a Lion Gear T-shirt at: http://www.liongear.com/ We have new Lion’s Roar T-shirts in stock today!
b. Support an existing Lion Gear ad campaign. We are reaching almost 10,000 people per month who click to watch the Jesus Film in their own language…but to continue at this pace, we need your help!
c. Do some of your own research of unreached people groups at Joshua Project (http://joshuaproject.net/listings/Population/desc/25/allctry/allcon/allreg?jps2=5&jps3=5) and name your own people group that you want to reach and the amount you want to spend on the ad campaign and let us know. Even a $20 campaign can reach potentially thousands of lives for Jesus Christ! Afterwards, we will provide you the results from facebook.

For last two options above, you can send your donation, with your desired ad campaign details (in the comments) to Lion Gear on Paypal here: Lion Gear Paypal

(Lion Gear, LLC is not a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, so donations are not tax deductible. However, donations will help to reach more young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ)

4. Go! Bangladesh, for example, is just beginning to really open up to the gospel! There is such an immense opportunity for reaching others with the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is some persecution there of believers, but it is NOT one of the most dangerous (for example, it is not one of the top 50 persecution watch countries). YWAM is one great organization to go with to Bangladesh. Here is a short video of a recent YWAM DTS there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9FRAUcvpyc

5. Mobilize! Raise awareness by telling others about the need. You can learn more about many mobilization options and other options to reach the unreached by attending a “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” course, held each year in a city near you: http://www.perspectives.org/

6. Welcome! There are many ways to welcome international families and students to our country and then through friendship, look for doors to open to share the gospel! One way to do this is to participate in an international student welcoming ministry, such as ICO (a good friend of ours, Jerry Lillard, runs this ministry in Tulsa, OK): http://www.icotulsa.org

Our Lord is making us an offer we cannot and should not refuse, “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” (Psalm 2:8). In Revelation, chapter 7 we learn that people from every tribe, tongue and nation will make it to heaven. Will you be one of the ones to invite them into His Kingdom? Will you join Him in His harvest? Let’s win for the Lamb the reward of His suffering! The harvest in ON!!

Here are some photos of some of my new friends from Bangladesh! ...

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