from Executive Director, Ben Stewart
There is a certain panic that comes when something is lost. The scramble of looking for the misplaced car-keys. The pit-in-the-stomach feeling when the wallet isn’t where you left it. The desperation of the lost child in the store. It moves us into action and response. Why?
Because when something is lost, there is an expectation and hope that it can be found again. The sense of losing something is often coupled (perhaps subconsciously) with the hope of finding again.
- When love is lost, there is a hope that it can be renewed.
- When trust is lost, there is the expectation it can be restored.
- When respect is lost, an effort is made to rebuild what was torn down.
But there is a darker place beyond lost. It’s the place where all glimmers of hope, silver linings, and expectations have faded.
In the coming days, a team from Uncharted is embarking to a place that is marked by ‘forgotten.’
The ravages of war, the destruction of ethnic cleansing, the hopelessness of empty secularism, the divisiveness of multiple religions, the abandonment of numerous mission groups, and the struggling presence of the local church has led many of these people to both forget and feel forgotten.
The Balkans (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia) is filled with people who have forgotten they are made in the image of a real, loving, joyful, peaceful, living God.
But our prayer is that these words of God will ring true over this land: “Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands…” (IS. 49:16)
So, we go to discover if there are ways God wants to use Uncharted to dispel ‘forgotten.’ To establish a new Community that will help people remember. To remember that they are loved. That they are not alone. To remember both that they are forgiven and what it is to forgive. To remember that God desperately wants to be their God and longs for them to be His people.