Until now, world mission has been led by the Western church. But since 9/11 the leadership of the Western church has weakened. We have witnessed the limits of the current world mission leaders in the 3rd Lausanne Conference, held in Cape Town South Africa in 2010. During this time, the issue of Islam, which has emerged as the greatest challenge to world mission in the past 10 years, was not a topic of discussion. This clearly shows the limitations of the world mission leadership of the West. We have entered into an era where the world mission paradigm is centered on frontier pioneering missions. 95% of the frontier mission area is either Islamic or are minority people groups. When considering these conditions, it is hard to expect the Western churches to lead the completion of world mission alone. For the completion of the Great Commission in the end times, faithful evangelical world churches must form strategic partnerships and alliances. God has given each national church a unique spiritual gift. God uses diverse nations as his strategy.
China is comparably more favorable towards Islamic nations because of their anti-American psychological ties during the Cold War. There are many Islamic nations that Chinese citizens can enter without acquiring a Visa. The Chinese church is a strong church that overcame extreme hardships, led by the first generation of believers who put their lives on the line to preach the gospel. India has a long familiarity with Islam, as nearly 200 million Muslims are among their own population. The Indian Church is made up of 80 million saints, which makes them second after China. India can easily exercise global leadership because it is an English speaking nation. Also, it can move the cyber world as it responds to the new paradigm of mission through the development and the usage of Information Technology. If the Indian church strengthens strategic mission partnership with the world church, they can open another chapter in the history of the world mission movement. If the Chinese church and the Indian church form an alliance, there will be an explosion of mission history.
Those who have been leading the global Islamic movement for the past century were Islamic movement groups of Egypt and Pakistan. The Pakistani church has survived the constant threats of the radical Islamic group Taliban. If the Pakistani Church rises up with the vision for Islamic mission, then the Islamic mission will have sudden acceleration. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s radical Islam has been taking charge of the global Islamic movement. If the Egyptian church that has survived this kind of threat rises up with a mission movement for the Arabs, it will start a new history in the Arab world.
Japan stands at a very strategic place in world mission. Japan is known as an elite nation in Asia and has historically fought against Western colonization. This is why the people of the Middle East and South Asia, who have been colonized by the west for a long time, have favor for the Japanese people. The people of Turkey and Iran are especially very favorable of the Japanese people. In these nations, just the fact a Japanese person is a Christian comes as a strong message. Jews of Israel are very contempt of western people internally and disregard the people of Africa and Asia. But one country they accept and recognize is Japan. The people of Japan will be able to exercise strong mission leadership in nations like Turkey, Iran, and Israel, where national, historical, cultural, and religious pride is very strong.
Mongolians and Kazakhs, traditionally a nomadic people, are also movement oriented spiritually. The church of Mongolia has turned into a missionary sending nation in 15 years after receiving the gospel. The vision of 50% of the pastors in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, is world mission and Eurasian mission. Mongolia and Kazakhstan have a two-fold ministry of receiving and sending missionaries. This is a case that is very unique in world church history, where the westward movement of the gospel is advancing very rapidly.
God is also pouring out great revival among the churches of Brazil, Argentina, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Russia, and Indonesia. The churches of Brazil and Indonesia especially hold a very strategic position in missions to Islamic regions. The Diaspora Koreans in 180 different nations have planted a church wherever they went. The Chinese, who have the largest Diaspora population, are spreading like wild fire and they are a great power in world mission.
The world church and the Korean church are facing the most critical crisis. But in the perspective of God’s mission we have entered the era of greatest mission revival. We must pray for the Global Alliance of faithful world churches and believers to rise.
By Missionary Paul Choi