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. Photo by Sharon Christina Rørvik on Unsplash
In an article titled, State of the World and Finishing the Task, David 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.
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?”
To read more articles like these, check out Within Reach Global.