ACTS 13 is a mediating structure inside New Life to help engage in cross-cultural efforts. ACTS 13 will partner with the Northwest Ministry Network to approve and send missionaries. ACTS 13 is the arm of New Life that focuses on efforts that lie beyond our own normal ministry cultural sphere here in South King County. If it has to do with crossing a cultural boundary, whether geographically near or far, we are going to use ACTS 13 as the mechanism and symbol for that work. Click HERE to view our detailed Acts 13 strategy.
You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.Acts 1:8
What is the focus?
The main priority of ACTS 13 is Unreached People Groups. The “10/40 Window” idea popularized in the 90’s by Luis Bush and the “AD 2000 and Beyond” movement caught on and became a great picture to help the church focus on that part of the world that has the fewest Christians, churches and church movements. As defined by the Joshua Project Database, the “10/40 Window” is the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia where over 2.7 billion people live in almost 6,000 unreached people groups. This region includes the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. Although the focus of ACTS 13 will be primarily Unreached People Groups, it will also strive to accomplish three things:
Our 10/40 Missionaries
One of the first steps in launching ACTS 13 was choosing a set of missionaries that New Life supported who were living and working in broadly what is known as the 10/40 Window or using the color coding scheme of the Joshua Project Database, the “Red Zone” of the unreached. This core group of New Life’s missions support focus will be called “10/40 Missionaries”. New Life will mobilize the church to pray, give and encourage our 10/40 Missionaries.
ACTS 13 will continue to resource many missionaries but only a few will be considered 10/40 Missionaries. Our rubric for “level of connection” with cross-cultural workers comes from Jesus’ relationship with His disciples….where He has different levels of closeness with the 70, having the 12, then 3 and 1.
What We Expect from our 10/40 Missionaries
The unreached remain unreached because they are the last and toughest people groups in the world. We know that among the Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist worlds that there remains hard back-breaking missionary labor that needs to be done to win and disciple the first generation of converts. So in our view “effectiveness” is not a numerical measure alone, but missionaries setting themselves up right and doing the right things in order to prepare for the breakthrough the Spirit will bring. Here is a list of all the missionaries we support.