PLEASANT HILL — Eleven countries in as many months. What would someone hope to accomplish in almost a year of running around the world?
For Luke Thompson, a resident of Pleasant Hill and a member of Covington Christian Church, he hopes to “spread the gospel.”
Thompson is continuing to raise funds and prepare for his nearly year-long mission trip.
“I’ll be leaving March 30th,” Thompson said.
Thompson has raised approximately $6,500 of his goal of $17,561 for his mission trip.
“It’s through an organization (called) Adventures Admissions,” Thompson said. He will be going with a team of approximately 30 other people.
The locations that Thompson will be traveling through will include parts of southeast Asia (Mongolia and Bangladesh, for instance); Europe (Greece); and North Africa (Morocco). Due to security purposes, Thompson was not able to name all 11 countries that he will be visiting.
Thompson explained that all of the countries that they will be going to will be a part of the “10/40 window.” The expression is a term that Christian missionary strategist Luis Bush popularized in 1990 to describe countries that are located between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator. Those countries include ones from the eastern hemisphere, as well as parts Europe and Africa in the western hemisphere that fall into that region.
Thompson described those areas in the “10/40 window” as having “very low health and very low living standards” and “vast amounts of poor and very little … Christian resources.”
Their mission will be to help residents in those countries with whatever assistance they need, as well to provide them with Christian resources, like the Bible.
“It’s mostly to spread the gospel,” Thompson said. “We’re going to do anything that they need … A lot of it we won’t even know until we get on site.”
Thompson explained that he feels most of their tasks will be feeding the poor, working with kids, and doing door-to-door evangelism.
“I know in Greece we’re going to be helping out with the refugees,” Thompson said. “Whatever they need us to do is what we’ll do.”
It was a separate mission trip with Covington Christian Church that first introduced Thompson to living his life for others and for his Christian faith.
“I went on a mission trip with them to Atlanta; I was just inspired through that,” he said. “When I was there, they just did so much good for the inner-city Atlanta kids that were there … I knew I wanted to do more, and this was kind of where I was led.”
“I still need donations,” Thompson noted.
The best way to support Thompson’s mission trip is to go directly to his blog at lukethompson.theworldrace.org and click “Support Me” in the left-hand column. Those interested in supporting Thompson, but who do not want to do so online can also contact Covington Christian Church at (937) 473-3443.
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall