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The WE (Worship Equippers) Missions Network encourages Christians to have a missional focus on evangelizing our relatives, friends, neighbors, and co-workers with the Good News of God's kingdom. This focus includes our neighbors who have come to our doorstep from the 10/40 Missions Window, a rectangular area across North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude which contains the highest concentration of unreached people groups who follow Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
WE offer a variety of cross-cultural ministry resources to share the Good News of God's kingdom. These resources include The Jesus Film, Bibles, Bible studies, books and gospel literature translated into various languages and multiethnic musical instruments that help nations hear and learn to sing praise accompanied by musical instruments that are indigenous to their respective cultures.
One of the unreached people groups in the 10/40 Missions Window WE is networking with churches and Christian educators to reach are the Dalits of India, (a.k.a. the Untouchables), who missiologists consider being among the most persecuted and impoverished people groups in the world which make up approximately 300 million of India's 1.35 billion population.
The term "Dalit" has its roots in Sanskrit, an ancient Indo-European language of India, in which the Hindu scriptures are written which means "broken, cracked, trodden down, scattered, crushed or destroyed." The dominant Hindu castes of India believe that the Dalit's are animals – "outcastes" who live outside the caste system. Because of this the apartheid-like attitude the persecuted Dalits serve as manual scavengers who clean city sewers, remove human waste from homes, pick up the rotting dead carcasses of animals from roadways and perform other degrading tasks.
Tragically, the Dalit's are regular victims of caste motivated murders, rapes, beatings and serve as the world's largest supplier of sex slaves. They are discriminated against in the areas of health care, housing, property ownership, freedom of religion, employment, and equal treatment before the law. They are forbidden to enter a temple or public park and cannot draw water from an open water source unless given permission. They must sit separately from other castes at all public gatherings.
Their children are required to sit in the back of the class in government schools (which they typically leave by age 11). As a result, the majority of Dalit's are illiterate. Upon hearing the Good News, the Dalits identify with our Lord Jesus Christ who was "despised and rejected by men, acquainted with grief and sorrows" (Is 53:3) and "suffered outside the city gate" (Heb 13:13).
Please pray that God will use our ministries to help reach the 10/40 Missions Window at home and abroad.
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