North America (MNN) — If you love missions,
you’ve probably heard about the “10/40 Window”
— a term referring to countries located between 10
and 40 degrees north of the Equator.
Nearly 100% of the people who live in this region
are both poverty-stricken and have no access to
Residents of the “60/70 Window” face a similar
The Far North
Social ills like alcoholism, suicide, and rampant
drug abuse haunt most remote villages in the
“60/70 Window,” which stretches from Alaska to
Greenland. Located between 60 and 70 degrees
north of the Equator, the region is also home to
SEND International North.
“There’s a great draw to the North,” notes Barry
Rempel, Area Director for SEND North.
“It’s a fascinating part of the world; otherwise
there wouldn’t be all these [TV] shows and people
traveling. But how can we use that to turn our
focus to the Gospel outreach?”
Rempel and his team are bringing Jesus to remote
Native and First Nations communities in the “60/70
Window” of Alaska and Northern Canada. They
aren’t the first missionaries to brave this barren
terrain, Remple notes, but they face a similar
Churches planted years ago by pioneering
missionaries have long stood empty. Generations
have come and gone, and the Good News of Jesus
Christ has been forgotten.
“Can we bring a Christ-like presence into some of
these northern towns, northern villages, where the
Gospel is no longer being preached?” Remple
asks, knowing his team must somehow answer
Reaching the unreached
Their mission can sometimes seem as daunting as
the Far North’s unforgiving tundra. But, Remple
knows his SEND North team isn’t braving the
As missionaries step out in faith and obediently tell
others about Christ, the Holy Spirit softens hearts.
“It’s like you take one step and the door opens
wider,” Remple shares. “Our goal is to see
partnership develop, to see aboriginal leaders
develop, and to see, in the end, spiritual solutions–
Godly solutions–to the social ills.”
Next week, Remple and a few teammates are
heading to the northernmost tip of Canada for
outreach. SEND North recently received word of 23
unreached communities: places where no one’s
sharing or preaching the Gospel.
Will you pray for the team as they head into a new
“We need discernment and wisdom, boldness and
courage, as we visit communities that we’ve never
been to before,” Remple requests.
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SEND North observes on their Web site, “The
spiritual landscape of Alaska and northern Canada
can be dark and harsh.” They’ve developed a
prayer guide to help believers join them in pushing
back the Far North’s spiritual darkness.
“I would love to see us, throughout North America,
engaged in a strong prayer movement for the Far
North,” says Remple.
“Unreached people in unreached places are that
[way] because they are difficult,” Remple
“Life and living in the Far North just take a ton of
resources. These are difficult places that we’re
talking about; difficult to live [in], difficult to do
Transportation is one of the biggest needs in Far
North ministry. SEND North currently has 30
missionary families living in 19 villages, and
aviation plays a key role in keeping them
connected and in expanding the ministry all the
way to Greenland.
The fastest and least expensive way to move
between these villages is in small private aircraft.
The SEND North Aviation Fund is used to cover the
all the costs of flying team members around the
Not everyone is called to serve God in the Far
North. But, some are.
“There are individuals who are going to hear or
read these words, that God is calling to go into the
Far North,” Remple says. “We are seeking to
partner with those people.
“How can we help you live out God’s calling on
your life to go to a remote, isolated, dark, difficult
place and be the presence of Christ in that place,
and help bring about transformation?”
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