MAF releases Operation Access, a landmark study

By June 6, 2006

USA (MNN) —Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), a communications and technology ministry serving more than 600 Christian and non-governmental organizations worldwide, today announced the results of “Operation ACCESS!” — a five-year global research project that provides critical, unprecedented information that will shape international evangelism, ministry and humanitarian strategies for the next 20 years.

MAF’s Ghislaine Benny spearheaded the effort which focuses on pockets of people who are forgotten or unreachable because of transportation, communications and technology barriers prevent or impede access to the Gospel. Benny says the end result isn’t just to help MAF. “But, also to share it across Christendom so that together we can all develop strategies that would be effective in reaching some vast areas with countless number of people.” Many of whom, have never heard the Gospel.

The $516,000 research project It would help not only MAF, but also a host of other ministries, and missions agencies and churches in pinpoint sectors of the planet where they would want to bring the Gospel, start ministry or expand the ministry.”

Benny says many of the areas are located in Africa, Asia and Latin America. “They are areas within certain countries, that even though certain large centers or coastlines are well developed even by European standards, a lot of the interior areas are extremely remote and very isolated.”

The study, Benny says, is already being used by MAF. “The results are in the hands of all of our program managers, the MAF leadership, all of our operation folks — they are using that information as a basis for prioritizing where MAF will open a program.”

According to Benny, Operation ACCESS! Surveyed 364 sectors in 64 countries. In every case, transportation, communications or technology barriers prevent or impede people’s access to the Gospel, resources for spiritual growth and basic service. 66-percent of all sectors had no ministry in place, more than half of the top people groups facing significant barriers live in Burma and Nepal.

The full-report can be found at http://www.OperationAccessMAF.org.

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