State of the World and Reaching the Unreached

This article titled, State of the World and Finishing the Task, was originally posted by David Joannes in the Within Reach Global blog on November 16, 2016. 
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In an arti­cle titled, State of the World and Finishing the TaskDavid Joannes, founder of Within Reach Global, explains the state of the world with regards to reach­ing the unreached. Here’s what he has to say:

Missionaries gen­er­al­ly want to share the break­throughs and pow­er­ful tes­ti­monies with you. To be clear, there are amaz­ing things hap­pen­ing in the world and there are pock­ets of revival around the world.

But I feel led to share with you some of the dark real­i­ties of glob­al mis­sions. Eugene Bach shared some­thing sim­i­lar in his recent, incred­i­bly mov­ing pod­cast from Back To Jerusalem, Episode 162: A Crisis In The Church—What You Are Not Being Told. As you lis­ten, I’m sure you will be blown away with the hard real­i­ty of unreached and unen­gaged peo­ple groups.

 This may not be the news you were hop­ing to hear, but truth bombs pro­pel us to com­pas­sion. We are not doing all we can to reach the remain­ing unreached peo­ple groups. Let’s spell it out a lit­tle bit more.

First of all, start by watch­ing this video: State of the World: The Task Remaining. This post is adapt­ed from globalfrontiermissions.org

  • World’s pop­u­la­tion: 7 bil­lion
  • 33% are Christian (World C)
  • 38% has access but have cho­sen not to fol­low Jesus (World B)
  • 29% have nev­er heard of Jesus and have no access to the Gospel (World A). They have no Bibles, no church­es, and no believ­ers near­by.

What?! It’s the 21st cen­tu­ry and they still haven’t heard the Gospel mes­sage? Yes. Keep learn­ing…

Only 1 out of every 1,800 Christians decide to serve as a cross-cul­tur­al mis­sion­ary. Total cross-cul­tur­al mis­sion­ary task force: 400,000.

  • 72% of these mis­sion­ar­ies for to World C—those who already claim a Christian her­itage
  • 25% are sent to World B—where there is already access to the Gospel.
  • 3% are sent to World A—to the unreached world, 29% of the world’s pop­u­la­tion!

These num­bers do not add up. Or in the very least, they reveal our lack of con­cern and pri­or­i­ty for those who have nev­er heard of Jesus before.

Something has to change. We need a new cat­a­lyst, a new par­a­digm, a rad­i­cal com­pas­sion to spark in our hearts for the unreached world

Don’t be over­come by the “out of sight, out of mind” syn­drome. God sees these pre­cious ones and loves them immense­ly. Will you allow your heart to be bro­ken with the things that break the heart of God and bring the Gospel mes­sage to those who have nev­er heard before?”

We need a new cat­a­lyst, a new par­a­digm, a rad­i­cal com­pas­sion to spark in our hearts for the unreached world.” -David Joannes

Won’t you join God in what he is doing around the world? Let’s not for­get the voice­less and those that have nev­er heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Do you feel God lead­ing you into becom­ing more involved with mis­sions and reach­ing the unreached? Take the first step by con­tact­ing the WIM office, explor­ing our site and recent blog posts, or by giv­ing to sup­port those who are already on the field. You can also sub­scribe to our newslet­ter, WIM Flash, to get the lat­est updates on WIM and it’s mis­sion­ar­ies. As David Joannes says in the orig­i­nal arti­cle (State of the World and Finishing the Task), “Don’t be over­come by the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ syn­drome. God sees these pre­cious ones and loves them immense­ly. Will you allow your heart to be bro­ken with the things that break the heart of God and bring the Gospel mes­sage to those who have nev­er heard before?”

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