Vision 5:9 Aims to Reach Entire Muslim World by 2025
Vision 5:9, a network of over 180 missions organizations, has set an audacious goal — to reach the rest of the Muslim world for Christ by 2025, Mission Network News reports.
To that end, Vision 5:9 gathered around 900 Christian leaders and missionaries for their Abide and Bear Fruit consultation last month in Thailand. Because they recognize, in order to get the Good News of Jesus out to all unreached Muslim peoples by 2025, they can’t do it alone.
Perry LaHaie with Frontiers USA was one of the Christian leaders at the consultation. He shares, “The theme of the conference Abide and Bear Fruit is very important here. It was stressed to us that in order to bear fruit, in order to make disciples, in order to reach this incredible, monumental goal of engaging the Muslim world, we have to take a counterintuitive approach.
“We’ve got to be abiding, spending extravagant time with Jesus, being connected to him, and only when we remain connected to Jesus can we bear fruit, can we make disciples in the Muslim world.”
Additionally, LaHaie says, “Twenty-five percent of the people at the conference were Christian leaders from a Muslim background and there was a strong sense from the Muslim-background believers in Jesus that, ‘It’s our time to rise up. It’s our time to take the baton as well and reach our own people.’”
One of the moving moments at the Abide and Bear Fruit consultation was when one of the mission leaders shared what God had placed on his heart.
“He had been spending some time in fasting and prayer and he just had this sense that God was saying to him, ‘I want to bring into my family ten percent of the Muslim world in the next ten years.’ Now that’s incredible. We’re talking 170 million-plus Muslims into the Kingdom in the next ten years.”
LaHaie says the Christian and missions leaders at the consultation realized that, bottom line, their faith must increase in order to boldly reach Muslims for Christ. And they would love if every believer in the Body of Christ around the world would take up this vision as well through prayer, fasting, and generous giving to missions in the Muslim world.
“Now is the time. There is this momentum. And I don’t want to have us to look back and say, ‘Wow, the first part of the 21st century there were a number of Muslims that came into the Kingdom, but it just sort of stalled because God’s people just dropped it,’” he shares.
“I know this is heard in other parts of the world other than America, but it’s going to take many more young Americans giving up the American dream to go to the Muslim world. We’re seeing the numbers decline, we’re seeing the interest decline across several mission organizations. We really need a spiritual awakening in America to awaken us to what this life is about. It’s so short. I love that old quote: ‘Only one life will soon be passed. Only what’s done for Christ will last.’”