In most Eastern European countries there are very large communities, even cities, crying out for more ‘lights’ in the spiritual darkness. Constantly our friends there and in Central Asia remind us of great swathes of territory where the Gospel has hardly penetrated, if at all. Some of these regions are to be found, not in the far flung corners of our mission field, but virtually on our doorstep.
Take Poland, for example, where the vast majority of almost 2,500 municipalities (Polish ‘gminas’) have no evangelical witness whatsoever. Despite significant, some would say, striking progress in Moldova since the fall of Communism there, thousands of villages remain bereft of any permanent Gospel church.
In Central Asia the picture is the same, where not only villages and outlying areas are unevangelized, but densely-populated districts of large cities such as Almaty, Kazakhstan, whose population is in excess of two million.