Did you know that approximately 42% of the world’s population does not have access to the gospel and are considered unreached? What does “unreached” mean? Does that mean my neighbor down the street who doesn’t believe in Jesus? NO. According to the Joshua Project, “The unreached or least-reached people are a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group.”
Why should we as a church and individuals focus on reaching the unreached people groups? I believe that while it is very important and we are called to share the gospel with those we have contact with like our families, friends, coworkers, and the people in our city, but the command of our Lord is to “go to ALL the world. I also believe according to Matthew 24:14 that the end will not come until the gospel is proclaimed to all the nations. This idea is supported by Revelation 7:9 which says in heaven there will be a “great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”
“And thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation,” Romans 15:20
One of the major things that stood out to me when doing my research about unreached people groups was that on average about 10% of resources given to churches goes to missionary efforts and 95% of that goes to areas where people already have access to the gospel (i.e. churches in their language, bibles, missionaries). For every dollar of Christian resources given every year, less than one penny is directed at reaching unreached peoples. It breaks my heart to know that the majority of money given to the “church” around the world is going to people who already have access to the gospel.
As a church, our goal over the next few years is to put more resources in areas of the world where there is very little access to the gospel. We are also investigating adopting a people group as a church. This means we could have a part in helping efforts to get a Bible in their language or support a missionary with a heart and strategy for these people. This would also include praying for this people group as a church and as individuals.
How can I be involved?
Pray. Sign up to receive a daily or weekly people group/country to pray for.
- Unreached People of the Day – www.unreachedoftheday.org
- Operation World – www.operationworld.org
Learn about Missions and Unreached Peoples
- Take the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course next spring– a guaranteed life-changer – www.perspectives.org
- Joshua Project – www.joshuaproject.net
- Mission Frontiers – www.missionfrontiers.org
- 10/40 Window – www.win1040.org
- Caleb Project – www.calebresources.org
- Correspond with and support a missionary in prayer and finances
- Reach out to local international students – www.isionline.org
- Attend a national mission conference
Tori Burchfield - Missions Director