My wife and I were privileged to attend “The International Day For The Unreached” a few days ago. Our hearts were stirred and we were encouraged as we got a glimpse into other ministries that have the same heart and passion. We believe that this event and events like these are vital in bringing an awareness to the western church as to the importance of reaching Unreached People Groups. It also is a great unifier of purpose as well as a catalyst for helping the church finish the task that is before us…..
The following is notes from the “Great Commission Action Guide” provided by IDU.
THE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING AND THE BREAK YOUR HEART.
More thank 2 billion people have never heard the name of Jesus. They haven’t even had the chance to accept or reject the love of Jesus and his work for hem on the cross. They don’t know anything about it!
But more sobering is the fact that they are on their way to eternity separated form God. 70,000 people every day, most without Christ.
Where those people and where are they?
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Jesus Matthew 28:18-20
THESE ARE THE UNREACHED
They live in some of the hardest to reach places, isolated from any Christian influence. You’ll find 90% of those people living in the most gospel-resistent parts of the world. It’s dangerous to tell people about Jesus in these places.
They live in countries you’ve certainly heard of, but may not be able to find on a map if you had to. Other countries are prominent.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” – Jesus Matthew 24:14
- 495,000 villages in India have no Christian presence.
- 90% of unreached people live in places resistant to the gospel.
- According to the Joshua Project there are more than 4,000 people groups that are less than 2% Christian.
- There are more than 500 people groups worldwide where there is not Christian presence and no one attempting to reach them.
In response to Jesus’ Great Commission to take the gospel to every nation, you can make a difference in the eternal destiny of souls who are today unreached with the love of Christ.
this Great Commission ActionGuide will show you how. Engage in one or more of the four ways to get involved. Make your life count for those who have never heard.
The concept of praying for the unreached can seem so vague. How can you put your arms around this idea? And how can you put your arms around the people and identify with their plight?
We’ve personalized this for you by painting the picture of several unreached people groups around the world. These represent men, women and children who are isolated from the gospel. We encourage you to pray for one a day, for the next thirty days. Watch God melt your heart as you bring these people before his throne of Grace.
To get you tased, below are three people groups you can pray for today, even now. Take two or three minutes and ask God to….
- Soten hearts to the truth of the gospel and the love of our Savior.
- Provide Christian workers to reach these people groups.
- Plant churches among these people groups.
PRAY – “The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.” – Samuel Zwerner
THE HAZARA PEOPLE OF CENTRAL AFGHANISTAN
There are more than 2.8 million of these people living in the central region of troubled Afghanistan. The number of believers among these people is as few as .03%.
THE KAZAKH PEOPLE OF CENTRAL ASIA
There are more than 14 million Kazakh people resident in Central Asia, but less than 1,500 known believers.
THE ALAWITE PEOPLE OF SYRIA
The Alawite people of Syria survive from day to day in one of the most horrific war torn places in the world. With a Muslim population of 99.79% virtually none of them have ever even heard the name of Jesus.
- Now continue your 30-day prayer effort. Going thousands of other believers who have committed to do the same thing in the days ahead. The International Day for the Unreached prayer movement is underway.
- Every morning, we’ll provide and unreached people group for you to pray for. Imagine starting the day in God’s presence bringing these needy souls to the Lord.
“…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 but as it is written, ‘those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” – PAUL Romans 15:20-21
Most Christians don’t know that more than 2 billion people have never heard about Jesus. And if they do know, they don’t know what to do about it. It’s too overwhelming. You can raise the flag for the cause of the unreached. The International Day for the Unreached is focused on that we’ve provided social media tools you can use to advocate for the cause. It’s simple.
FACEBOOK AND SOCIAL MEDIA
These days, most people have causes they support on Facebook and other social media. Make the unreached your cause.
CURCHES, SUNDAY SCHOOL, SMALL GROUPS
Help educate your brothers and sisters in Christ. Make sure that everyone you know understands that there are still millions of people who need to meet Jesus and we are the ones who can make that happen.
Be creative and host special events to help educate believers about the plight of the unreached. Not everyone is called to go, but anyone can pray, advocate and share.
SUPPORT THE MANIFESTO FOR THE UNREACHED
You can also stand with other believers by supporting the Manifesto for the Unreached. It’s a series of statements that encompasses what we stand for at the International Day for the Unreached. Read it, send it to others, and ask God to give you a broken heart for the unreached. The Manifesto is on the Resources page at www.dayfortheunreached.org.
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how will they to hear without someone preaching?” PAUL Romans 10:14
Are you feeling the tug of God to serve in the cause of the unreached? Our coalition members have opportunities for you to serve in a variety of ways short-term and long-term. Explore these opportunities. See what’s available and ask God how He would have you respond.
We encourage you to see what your church has to offer, as well. Are there short-term missions trips planned? Check into it. Get a flavor for missions and taking the gospel to this who haven’t heard.
You can be an ambassador for Jesus to those who have never heard, and not only can you be used to change them – you will never be the same either.
“Since you excel in so many ways in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us. I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.” PAUL 2 Corinthians 8:7
The Lord may be moving in your heart to share your resources to take the gospel to those who have never heard.
First of all, we encourage you to inquire in your church if there are missionaries who are investing their lives in this cause. If so, adopt one of them and support them in their work.
Second, if you’d like to give financially to one of our coalition members, we welcome that. Each member has a distinct area of ministry, but each is focused on the unreached.
We encourage you to check out our members and see what resonates with your heart. We would be honored to have you join in financial partnership with any of them.
If you’d like to share the Great Commission Action Guide with your friends, please do! Send them to our website and they can download it, or include the Action Guide in an email. Let’s raise the flag together for the cause of the unreached.