How Many People Have Never Heard Of Jesus?

Has Everyone Heard?

Certainly Everyone Has Heard?

  1. The following statement is sometimes heard: ″Almost everyone has heard about Jesus by now, without a doubt.
  2. Missionaries have undoubtedly been dispatched to every country.
  3. Don’t we seem to be nearing the conclusion of the Great Commission?″ Whilst Christian missionary efforts have been nothing short of miraculous in their growth and dissemination, there are still large sectors of the world’s population who have never heard the name of Jesus, much alone heard a clear presentation of the gospel of salvation.

Countries or Nations?

  1. However, while the Gospel has reached every political country on the planet, when Jesus told His people to ″make disciples of all nations″ in Matthew 28:18-20, He was not referring to political countries like Canada, Kenya, Russia, or any other country in which they could live.
  2. When Jesus issued the mandate, many of these entities, such as the United States, did not yet exist as separate legal entities.
  3. The Greek term ″ethne″ that Jesus used to refer to countries is derived from the word ″ethnic,″ which means ″ethnic group.″ ″Ethne″ can simply refer to any non-Jew, i.e.
  4. Gentile, or it can refer to a group of persons who share a shared identity with one another.

This link will take you to a thorough research of the subject.In the Great Commission, Jesus instructed His followers to make disciples of people from every ethnic group on the face of the earth.Jesus’ followers were told to create disciples from every nation, which meant from every ethnic people group on the planet.The significance of this is magnified dramatically when one considers the extent of the Great Commission.The following two maps demonstrate the relationship between a political country and the ethnic people groupings who live within that country: Nigeria is a political country with a single political system.

  1. Nigeria is made up of approximately 540 separate people groups, each of which is in desperate need of a church planting movement in their midst.
  2. As defined by mission strategist, a people group is ″a disproportionately large grouping of individuals who perceive themselves to have a common affinity for one another because of their shared language or religion or ethnicity; residence; occupation; class or caste; situation; and/or combinations of these factors.″ Evangelistic reasons, it is ″the greatest group within whom the gospel may grow as a church planting movement without hitting difficulties of comprehension or acceptability,″ according to the World Mission Society.
  3. Ralph Winter (Ralph Winter, p.
  • 536) When country boundaries are taken into consideration, current data reveals that there are around 17,400 unique people groupings.

Reached vs Unreached?

  • When referring to an unreached people group, it is defined as ″a people group within which there is no indigenous Christian community capable of evangelizing this people group.″ In the middle of the 1990s, mission planners attempted to put a number on this description. They came to the conclusion that less than 2 percent of sincere Christ-followers and less than 5 percent of professing Christians met the criterion for being unreached (this includes all forms of Christianity i.e. anyone that would call themselves a ″Christian.″) Despite the fact that these percentages are somewhat arbitrary, ″This tiny number of people with a vision of a just and gentle world should not be underestimated in their impact on the globe. When two percent of a culture’s population adopts a new perspective, the quality of the entire culture can be improved.″ — Robert Bellah, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, initially published in the magazine Psychology Today in the 1970s
  • reprinted in Christianity Today, October 2011, p. 42. According to estimates, roughly 7,400 people groups are still considered unreached by the gospel. As a result, how many of the approximately 17,400 ethnic people groupings are classified unreached – that is, they have fewer than 2 percent Christ-followers and less than 5 percent professing Christians, respectively? According to the most recent estimates, roughly 7,400 people groups are still deemed unreached by the gospel. Thus, over 40% of the world’s people groups lack an indigenous community of believing Christians capable of evangelizing the remainder of their people group, according to the World Christian Encyclopedia. Over 7,400 people groups make up over 42 percent of the world’s population, which totals over 7 billion people. Some frightening statistics regarding simply the 50 greatest unreached people groups are shown below: It is estimated that there are 1.48 billion souls living in these 50 unreached people groups, with fewer than 2 percent of them being Christ followers. Individuals living in these groups may have only little or no access to the Gospel.
  • One out of every five persons on the planet lives in one of these 50 unreached peoples.
  • Every group has a population more than 10,000,000 people
  • None of them has an indigenous church that is capable of spreading the Gospel throughout the entire group.
  • Among the primary religions are: Muslim (26), Hindu (17), Buddhist (5), Ethnic Religions (1), and non-religious (1)
  • All 50 of the world’s greatest unreached people groups are located inside the 10/40 Window, with 47 of them located in politically sensitive nations.
  1. The fact that every individual within an unreached people group has never heard of Jesus or the gospel of salvation should not be overlooked.
  2. There is frequently a tiny proportion of Christ-followers among these groups (less than 2 percent), but the great bulk of the group has had little or no exposure to the person of Jesus Christ and the Good News of God’s free offer of salvation.
  3. Consider the 135,000,000 unreached Shaikh of Bangladesh, the 59,000,000 unreached Brahman of India, the 58,000,000 unreached Yadav of India, or the 37,000,000 unreached Java Pesisir Lor of Indonesia.
  4. The vast majority of individuals in these groups, as well as thousands of other unreached people groups, are completely unaware of the existence of the King of Kings and his kingdom.

When a people group is considered unengaged, it implies that there are almost certainly no missionaries present, and it is almost certain that there is no outreach, no church, no Christian publications, and few, if any, Bibles available to them.

Unengaged People Groups

  1. According to data from the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention, the world’s largest denominational mission board, there are potentially over 3,000 ethnic people groups that are not only unreached, but also completely unengaged, which means that there is no known active on-site church planting effort underway and few, if any, known believers in Christ.
  2. According to the Finishing the Task program, this figure might be substantially lower.
  3. That many people groups still lack a witness in their midst 2,000 years after Jesus proclaimed the Huge Commission is a great injustice, and it is something that must be addressed.
  4. When a people group is described as unengaged, it indicates that there are no missionaries, no outreach, no church or fellowship of believers, no Christian resources, and few if any Bibles available in that people group at all.

However, while it is possible that the Lord has been supernaturally at work within an unengaged community without the involvement of outsiders, this would not be the traditional method He has established for the spread of the Gospel.He issued an order for the Church to depart.There are millions of people in these unengaged people groups who have never heard of Jesus or His act of redemption, and this number is growing.

Bible Translation Need

  1. It is necessary for the Scriptures to be available in the mother tongue in order to turn someone into a disciple of Jesus, not merely a convert.
  2. According to Bible translation agencies, over 1,800 languages have a genuine need for translation in the Bible.
  3. Accordingly, no Scripture exists for persons who speak in their native tongue any of the 1,800 other languages.
  4. In trade or major languages, they may have limited access to the Scriptures; nevertheless, they may not have access to the Scriptures in their heart language at all.

Of course, the Scriptures have been translated into the languages that have the greatest number of speakers, yet many millions of people still do not have access to the Scriptures in their native language.

Limited Access

  1. The Bible has been translated, and news media is available, yet around 1 billion individuals are deemed illiterate, according to estimates.
  2. A large portion of this is concentrated in only eight nations (Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Pakistan), all of which have extremely high numbers of unsaved people groups in their respective populations.
  3. There are three regions with extremely low literacy rates: the Arab nations, South and West Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, all of which are unreached by the majority of the world’s population.
  4. The CIA’s World Factbook.

In addition, 60 percent of the world’s population is classified as oral learners, which means that they choose oral communication over written communication as their preferred form of learning.According to some estimates, up to 70 percent of the world’s unreached peoples prefer oral communication over written forms of communication.Newspapers, books, written materials, the internet, and even a physical Bible will have little influence on the lives of individuals who are illiterate or who learn by oral tradition.ION stands for the International Orality Network.By 2020, around 65 percent of the world’s population will have access to the internet.

  1. Thus, almost one-third of the world’s population does not have online access to spiritual knowledge or the message of Messiah, according to current estimates.
  2. The situation is worse in regions where the Gospel has not yet reached its full potential.
  3. For example, internet penetration in rural areas of Asia and Africa is still low.
  • The 10/40 Window area, which includes the majority of unreached peoples, has some of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world.
  • These areas are also among the poorest in the country, which further restricts internet access even in areas where it is available.
  • Internet Statisticians from across the world 87 percent of all Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists have had had minimal, if any, interaction with a Christian, according to the Pew Research Center.

Limited Contact

  • A recent research conducted by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity intended to identify the extent to which Christians and non-Christians interact with one another. Here are a few of the more surprising discoveries: Only around 10% of Muslims in Asia are directly acquainted with a Christian, but over 70% of Muslims in North America are acquainted with a Christian.
  • Only approximately 15 percent of all Muslims worldwide are intimately acquainted with a Christian, according to some estimates.
  • Asia is the most isolated continent, with less than 20% of the world’s more than 4.5 billion inhabitants claiming to know a Christian
  • Asia is also the most diverse continent.
  • One-hundred-and-seven percent of all Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists have had little or no interaction with Christians

The majority of Christian resources are dedicated toward reaching unreached peoples, with fewer than one penny of every dollar spent on this goal.

The Great Imbalance

  1. In the Parable of the Lost Sheep, the shepherd separates himself from the 99 and goes in search of the one.
  2. He makes use of all of his resources in order to locate the missing.
  3. It appears that the priority has been reversed, with the great majority of Christian resources being used to care for the flock and just a small number of resources being utilized to seek out the lost.
  4. Over 90 percent of all missionaries operate among peoples who have previously been reached.

The majority of Christian resources are dedicated toward reaching unreached peoples, with fewer than one penny of every dollar spent on this goal.

Summary from Respected Sources

  1. According to data presented by Operation World, the growth rate of both Christianity in general and Evangelicals (a rough approximation of actual Christ-followers) has decreased dramatically since reaching a zenith in the mid-1990s.
  2. As part of its description of multiple advancements in the Gospel, Operation World points out that, ″despite all of this work,″ ″approximately 24-27 percent of the world’s population has not had the good news conveyed to them in a form that they might enjoy and meaningfully respond to.″ (Page 10 of Operation World) That corresponds to about two billion people, or one out of every four people, who are completely unaware of the Savior!
  3. A chapter on the unevangelized is included in the recently published Future of the Global Church, which is available online.
  4. While the proportion of the world’s population that has not been evangelized has declined, the absolute number of unevangelized people has grown.

″The distressing fact is that there may still be approximately 2 billion persons who have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel,″ according to the text on page 161.As defined by the World Christian Database’s Atlas of Global Christianity, a ″evangelized person″ is defined as ″a person who has had sufficient opportunity or opportunities to hear the Gospel and respond to it, whether he replies favorably or negatively.″ According to this description, the Atlas divides the world into three regions: World A, World B, and World C, with World A being the least evangelized.According to the Atlas, there are more than 2,000,000,000 (2 billion) humans living in World A.Pages 312 and 313 of the Atlas

Conclusion

  1. We still have a long way to go before we can complete the mission of finding and reaching the remaining unreached peoples — the grand challenge of ″discipling all the nations,″ as Ralph Winter put it.
  2. As promised in Scripture, God will be adored by ″a large number that no one could count, from every country, tribe, people and language,″ and we may be confident in that statement.
  3. We are within striking distance of reaching every people group on the earth with the light of the gospel, and we are gaining momentum at a faster rate than at any time in history.
  4. Become a part of it by securing a spot of historical significance in proclaiming ″His glory throughout the nations!″

There’s A Bunch Of People Who Have Never Heard Of Jesus, And Chances Are, You Don’t Care

1024 682 kilobytes Within Reach of the World Within Reach of the World 14th of September, 2015 14th of September, 2015 No offense intended, but I have to be honest: the chances are stacked against you numerically, and I apologize in advance for being blunt.

THE 10/40 WINDOW

  • The 10/40 Window is home to 6,921 people groups that have not yet been touched by the gospel. According to the Joshua Project, 2.82 billion people live inside the 10/40 Window, and 82 percent of the world’s poorest of the poor reside within the 10/40 Window. It is estimated that over 40% of the world’s population lives on less than $1.40 per day in the 10/40 Window
  • nevertheless, just 2.4 percent of all missionaries operate among this group (despite the fact that 2.8 billion of these people reside inside the 10/40 Window)

MONEY AND MISSIONS

  • The combined annual income of all church members is $30.5 trillion, with $545 billion going to Christian charities (1.8 percent of our income) That is also the amount of money we spend on Christmas in the United States
  • the amount donated to missions is $31 billion (0.1 percent ). The amount donated to Christian charities in general is just 5.7 percent of the total amount donated. That is also the amount of money we spend in the United States on weight-loss programs.
  • A total of $26,970,000,000 is directed toward the ″reached″ world (which means that 87 percent of the money given to ″missions″ is directed toward areas that have already been ″reached″ or have access to the gospel)
  • a total of $310 million is directed toward unreached peoples (which represents only one percent of the money given to ″missions″).
  • That is also the amount of money that Americans spent on Halloween costumes (for their dogs) in 2011.
  • The $310 million (which will be used to reach unreached people groups) is barely 0.000001 percent of the $30.5 trillion in Christian income. The unreachable receive one dollar for every one hundred thousand dollars that Christians earn. This includes the traveling team as well as money and missions.
  • Excitement and empathy aren’t enough to make a difference. It is necessary to turn compassion into action. It’s empathy on wheels, to be precise. It’s a combination of consideration and dedication. Yes, it is correct. Unreached people are the world’s forgotten population, and they are the most vulnerable. But, don’t you care about it, don’t you? One of my Facebook friends made a comment on my status the other day, which I appreciated. The ″wonderful things you’re doing over there on the other side of the earth″ are something I enjoy seeing. That was a really good comment. It had an impact on me. I’ve figured it out. It became a bit clearer to me after that. ″What you see is determined by your experiences,″ Craig Groeschel argues, and so I write about the strange side of the earth that I have discovered. *Names have been altered for reasons of security. The first time I met *John was at The Hub outreach center, which is also known as the Within Reach Global student center, where we were attempting to reach out to college students in the Southwest region of the United States. ″There’s no way in hell I’m ever going to become a Christian,″ he said to me. ″I am a member of the Communist Party.″ ″I’m not able to believe in God.″ ″It’s all up to you,″ I said in response. My experience has taught me that the most effective method of sharing the gospel is to allow people to make their own decisions rather than forcing them to eat Jesus with a spoon, or in John’s case, chopsticks. I was aware that God was keeping an eye on him, and that it was only a matter of time before he came to accept the life of Christ. ″What a pity for him! Despite his best efforts, he will not be able to escape the force of the gospel!″ I had this thinking to myself. John, on the other hand, continued to come to The Hub and participate in meaningful talks about life, God, and culture. He went there every Thursday, deluding himself into believing that he could get away from the reality of a profoundly benevolent God by deluding himself. ″So, John, do you still believe in God?″ I inquired three weeks after first meeting him. ″I don’t believe in God, but I have faith in him,″ he said to me. ″I don’t believe he exists, but I sense him,″ he said, continuing in a self-defeating tone. ″I am not a Christian, but I do pray to God from time to time.″ ″I believe you’re closer to becoming a Christian than you realize,″ I said, a roguish grin on my face. A couple more weeks have gone since then. God’s radar began to zero in on John, and he became increasingly alarmed. We began to see that he was changing. ″Yep, it’s only a question of time,″ I reasoned to myself. After 10 months of living with John, he expressed his desire to become a Christian to his family and friends. Following The Hub English Corner, we found a quiet spot in the back room where we all prayed for one another. That night, the atheist’s trip would come to an end. On the 22nd level of our student facility, the formation of a new young man took place. Within a short period of time, he began to tell his acquaintances about God. He would facilitate talks about how Jesus had changed his life and the lives of others. Chinese students sat in awe and bemusement as he described his life transformation. Our baptism took place in the lake at the foot of an ancient city, a few weeks after his baptism in the lake. An agnostic who became an evangelist. In Acts, you’ve read stories like this before, and the 29th chapter is still being written. Barry, a member of the Yi tribe, has a similar experience. When Lorna was chatting to a group of 11 girls under the shade of an antique pagoda as the twilight turned pink and orange on the horizon of a village three hours west of The Hub outreach center, the girls were thinking about their future. Despite the fact that the females were paying close attention, Barry continued interrupting. ″I don’t believe in the existence of God!″ ″Let’s switch the conversation to something else.″ Lorna had had enough of his incessant interruptions after 20 minutes and decided to leave him. ″Why don’t you just shut up and listen?″ she said, a little sarcastically. The lights came on with a snap. It was a heavenly experience. Something went wrong. On that night, Barry surrendered his life to Christ, and he was unable to articulate what had occurred other than to say, ″I sense God’s presence right now.″ With in a month, he had brought 21 of his friends to faith in Jesus Christ. These are the stories of the 10/40 Window, a time period in which religion is banned, if not outright prohibited, in some countries. The forward march of God’s life-transforming movement, on the other hand, cannot be stopped. Brother Fu, who was freed after being set free from demon possession while writhing on his dusty village floor, agrees with this statement. And then there’s Brother Li, who assaulted our Within Reach Global local missionary in the face after he shared the gospel with him in his town while intoxicated. He was rescued ten months later, and after attending Bible school and literacy training, he is currently serving as a missionary to his own ethnic group in Africa. Every missionary on the face of the earth (Catholic, Protestant, etc.) There are 419,500 foreign missionaries
  • all missionaries in the globe have been reached. Over 316,500 missions across the world (75.4% of the total)
  • all missionaries serving in the unevangelized world. Foreign missionaries account for 24.6 percent of all missionaries serving in the unreached globe. In the world, there are 10,200 foreign missionaries (2.4 percent)
  • full-time Christian workers in every country. 5.5 million employees
  • all Christian employees in the world’s reachable areas 4.19 million local employees (75.9 percent)
  • all Christian workers in the unevangelized globe (including those in the developing countries). 1.3 million local workers (23.7 percent)
  • all Christian workers in the unreached world 20,500 local workers (0.37 percent)
  • and all Christian workers in the unreached globe
  • Unreached people group workers to the entire unreached global population is 1 missionary for every 278,431 people
  • there are 95,000 Evangelical Christians for every one unreached people group, according to the World Mission Society.
  • (Those on the traveling team, missionaries, and workers
  1. Sharing the gospel with unreached people groups is a noble goal.
  2. Jacob Smith captured this image.
  3. I’ve been around the majority of Southwest China.
  4. I’ve consumed dog, cat, and a variety of other, shall we call, ″strange″ cuisines.

Because I enjoy the pungent flavor of puppy and kitten so much, this is not always the case.It’s also not because a bowlful of live grub worms is especially appetizing, though it is.When you spend the night in a tribal community where everyone is penniless and they serve you with the best they have, it’s difficult to refuse a meal and cause your impoverished host to lose face.″Eat whatever is placed in front of you.″ The mandate of Jesus comes to mind, and I roll up my sleeves and get to work.They are completely unfamiliar with the name Jesus.

  1. This is shown by the fact that when I inquire, they wonder if ″Jesus″ is a brand of soap or a medication they’ve never heard of.
  2. The truth of their situation as an unreached people group irritates me because it makes me feel powerless.
  3. It genuinely annoys me, or perhaps I should say it irritates me.
  • It makes me a little envious.
  • Why should anyone be subjected to the gospel a second time before everyone has heard it the first time?
  • — C.T.
  • Studd, Jr.
  • I’ve visited far too many unreached people groups to list them all here.
  1. Moreover, despite all of these events, it is evident to me that God is still envious of their opportunity to hear the gospel preached to them.
  2. It will be taught all across the world as a witness to every country until the end comes.
  3. – Matthew 24:14,15,16,17,18 Don’t you think that God has placed a condition on himself, which is that he will not return until every tribe, people, and language ethnic group has had an opportunity to hear the message of salvation?
  4. I believe the answer is YES.
  • Hence my prayer: That whatever it is that pierces God’s heart would, at the very least, puncture mine as well.
  • I, too, am a statistic in the same way that you are.
  • However, I pray that the things that revolve around our own experience do not divert our attention away from God’s broader plan of redemption, which is to ensure that every people group on the planet gets the opportunity to learn about him.
  • To be honest, how can it be that we are in the twenty-first century and that 2 billion people have never heard of Jesus?
  1. Just not fair, is what I’m saying.
  2. In 1976, it was believed that there were 17,000 unreached people groupings on the planet.
  3. As of 2012, it was projected that there were only 6,921 unreached peoples.
  4. Christianity is affecting the numbers because Christians are coming to recognize the broader picture and understand their role in it.
  5. (Source: Joshua Project) There is just one technique I know of to change the statistical possibility that I don’t care about: I must choose to care.

Care must be combined with dedication.For some, this means spending money out of their own pockets.For some, it requires using your hands and feet in addition to your mouth.It is possible to see, in the early sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been––villages whose people are without Christ, without God, and with no hope in this world––on the great plain to the north.— Robert Moffat, missionary to Africa and father-in-law of David Livingstone (1795-1883), missionary to Africa Empathy should be put on wheels.

  1. Be a voice for those who do not have one.
  2. For the foreseeable future, the 10/40 Window will no longer be home to unreached people groups because we will rise up and do something about it.
  3. Those who are on the other side of our obedience are waiting for us.
  4. Jacob Smith captured this image.
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Statistics — Global Commission Partners

  1. Christianity began with a small group of followers who toured around Galilee performing miracles and spreading the Good News.
  2. This was when Christianity first gained popularity.
  3. Christianity has grown to become the world’s largest religion as a result of the activity of the Holy Spirit in the globe.
  4. The Christian faith is practiced by 2.3 billion individuals, or 30.9 percent, of the world’s population of nearly 7 billion people.

Despite the fact that this is a significant achievement, our religion faces an even larger test in the future.With regard to individuals who have never heard the Gospel before, the Church of today appears to have turned its back on them.Even more shocking, over 70% of evangelical Christians are unaware that there are an estimated 1.6 billion unevangelized individuals in the globe.(Word Evangelization Research Center) (World Evangelization Research Center) (World Evangelization Research Center) When we don’t even know who the unevangelized are, how are we meant to reach out to them with the Gospel?This is a critical part of the ministry of Global Commission Partners, and it deserves special attention.

  1. GCP thinks that teaching the Church on the unevangelized, including where they live, how we might approach them, and other relevant information is critical to fulfilling the Great Commission in our generation.
  2. Despite the fact that the church has made significant success in evangelizing the globe, the figures shown here indicate that there is still more work to be done.
  3. Statistics about the world and Christianity While Christ commands us to evangelize, the majority of mankind from AD 30 to the present day have never ever heard of Jesus Christ, according to statistics.
  • (2006) (Baxter 2007, p.
  • 12).
  • Over the previous 40 years, more than 1 billion people have perished who have never heard the name of Jesus, and around 30 million people will perish this year who have not heard the gospel of redemption.
  • (2006) (Baxter 2007, p.
  • 12).

MONEY AND MISSIONS

  1. ″And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the globe as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come,″ Jesus stated during his time on earth.
  2. Jesus said this in Matthew 24:14.
  3. The term ″nations″ does not relate to individual countries in this context.
  4. The term ″etnos″ comes from the Greek language and means ethno-linguistic groupings or people groups in its original form.

Today, the globe is home to about 10,000 different people groups, with more than 4,000 of these people groups still considered unreached.To put it another way, more than 40% of the world’s people groupings do not have adequate access to the Gospel message.For every assembly of believers in the year AD 100, there were 12 unreached people groups to consider.There is now one unreached people group for every 1000 churches in the world.(Winter and colleagues, 3) As a result, why are there still more than 4,000 unreached people groups in the world?

  1. The reality is that the Western Church, which possesses more than sufficient resources to evangelize these people groups, has become absorbed with local projects and has failed to make reaching these unreached people groups a priority in its efforts.
  2. Despite the fact that there is an increasing number of ministries that are beginning to seek funding for evangelizing the remaining unreached people groups, GCP is unique in that we deal solely with unreached peoples groups.
  3. The unreached are the focus of God’s vision for GCP, which is to inform the Western Church about them, generate funding, and provide these resources to indigenous ministries that are reaching those people groups who do not have access to the Gospel.
  • Money and mission statistics are provided.
  • 86 percent of all unreached people groups are concentrated in a zone known as the 10/40 window, which spans the globe from the west coast of Africa to the east coast of Asia and is located between 10 and 40 degrees north.
  • (Source: Joshua Project) Every day, more than 70,000 people die in the unreached globe because they do not know Jesus.
  • (2006) (Baxter 2007: 12) Sixty percent of unreached people groups live in nations where missionaries from North America are not permitted to work.
  • (From the Traveling Party) A total of 818 unreached people groups have never been targeted by a Christian organization in their history.
  1. (Word Evangelization Research Center) (World Evangelization Research Center) (World Evangelization Research Center)
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WESTERN CHURCHES SPENDING

  1. ″If 10 guys are carrying a log — nine on the lighter end and one on the heavier end — and you wish to assist them, which end will you lift on?″ William Borden is a fictional character created by author William Shakespeare.
  2. Obviously, the best course of action would be for the man to assist himself at the heavier end!
  3. Nevertheless, when it comes to international evangelism, many western Christians, for whatever reason, do not see things in this light.
  4. GCP argues that the most serious problem facing missions today is that the vast majority of the resources available to the western church are being spent on evangelizing locations that have already been evangelized, while virtually no resources are being directed to the least reached areas.

Evangelizing unreached people groups receives barely 1% of total Christian donations, according to the Pew Research Center.Another issue to consider in this situation is the presence of native missionaries.These missionaries are familiar with the local languages and cultures, and they are not subject to deportation.In addition, they may be sponsored for a fraction of the expense of a foreign missionary in the same area.These workers constitute the most successful missionary force the world has ever seen, yet they get barely a tenth of the resources allocated to evangelize unreached people groups throughout the world.

  1. In other words, barely ten cents of every dollar spent by the western church gets to native missionaries laboring among unreached people groups.
  2. The reason for this is that GCP works entirely with native missionaries who are sharing the Gospel among unreached people groups in their home countries.
  3. Ultimately, we feel that this is the most effective approach to complete the great commission.
  • 10 cents for every $100 spent 40 percent of the church’s total worldwide foreign mission resources are being allocated in only ten oversaturated nations, according to the International Mission Board.
  • (Word Evangelization Research Center) (World Evangelization Research Center) (World Evangelization Research Center) In spite of the fact that Christians account for just 33 percent of the world’s population, they obtain 53 percent of global annual revenue and spend 98 percent of it on themselves.
  • 656 (Barrett and Johnson 2001).
  • The Church possesses around 3,000 times the financial resources and 9,000 times the people required to complete the Great Commission, according to estimates.
  • (From the Traveling Party)

CITED RESOURCES

  1. Winter and colleagues (Winter et al., 2003) provided the information for the ″People Groups″ infographic.
  2. The following is the source for the ″Money and Missions″ pie chart: International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol.
  3. 39, No.
  4. 1 (July/August 2000).

World Christian Database, 2015* (World Christian Database, 2015).Barron and Johnson, 2001.Barrett and Johnson, 2001.p.656 of World Christian Trends Pg 296 of Todd Johnson’s Global Atlas of Christian Thought Bob Finley’s Reformation in Foreign Missions (pgs.

  1. 178 and 244) is an excellent resource.

What happens to those who have never heard about Jesus?

  1. Answer to the question Everyone is responsible to God, regardless of whether or not they have ″heard about Him.″ God has plainly shown Himself in nature, according to the Bible (Romans 1:20), and in the hearts of mankind, according to the Bible (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
  2. Because the human race is sinful, we all reject God’s wisdom and rebel against Him, which is the root of the problem (Romans 1:21-23).
  3. Our wicked desires would be fulfilled if it were not for the mercy of God, and we would come to see how pointless and terrible life is when we are not in Christ.
  4. He does this in order to punish people who reject Him on a consistent basis (Romans 1:24-32).

In truth, it is not the case that some individuals are unaware of God’s existence.Instead, the problem is that they have rejected what they have heard as well as what is clearly seen in the natural world.Nevertheless, according to Deuteronomy 4:29, ″If from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and all your soul.″ In this passage, we learn a vital principle: anybody who really strives for God will eventually come upon Him.If a person has a genuine desire to know God, God will make Himself known to him or her.″There is no one who understands, and there is no one who seeks God,″ says the dilemma (Romans 3:11).

  1. People choose to reject the knowledge of God that is present in nature and inside their own souls, and instead choose to worship a ″god″ that they have created in their own image.
  2. Debating whether God is fair in condemning someone to hell who never had the opportunity to hear the gospel of Christ is a silly exercise in futility.
  3. In God’s eyes, people are responsible for what they have previously learned about God.
  • According to the Bible, many refuse to accept this information, and as a result, God is justified in sending them to hell.
  • While others debate the fate of individuals who have never heard the gospel message, we, as Christians, should be putting out our best efforts to ensure that they do hear.
  • We have a responsibility to disseminate the gospel across the world (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
  • We are aware that many people reject God’s revelation through nature, and this should serve as motivation for us to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ with them.
  • People can only be redeemed from their sins and saved from an eternity apart from God if they embrace God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.
  1. As long as we believe that people who do not hear the gospel are granted compassion by God, we will have no reason to evangelize in the future.
  2. In addition, we encounter a horrible dilemma.
  3. If those who never hear the gospel are automatically saved, then it is reasonable to ensure that no one ever hears the gospel—because there is a risk that they will reject it and be condemned—because then there is a chance that they will reject it and be damned.
  4. The Bible is unequivocal in its assertion that individuals who die without Christ will spend an eternity in hell.
  • The mission of Jesus to evangelize the entire globe is still in effect today.
  • People must invoke the name of the Lord, but ″how…
  • can they invoke the name of the one in whom they have not placed their trust?
  • And how can they put their faith in someone they have never heard of before?
  1. And how are they supposed to hear if no one is preaching to them?
  2. ″How can anybody preach unless they have been sent?″ says the author.
  3. (See also Romans 10:14–15.) Paul exclaimed, ″Woe to me if I don’t preach the gospel!″ because those who have never heard about Jesus Christ are in dire need of hearing it.
  4. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 9:16 that Questions concerning Salvation can be found here.
  5. How does the fate of those who have never heard of Jesus play out?

What about the Unreached

  1. What happens to people when they die if they have never heard of Jesus Christ?
  2. We talk a lot about the unreached people in the world.
  3. According to current estimates, more than a billion people on the planet today have little to no knowledge of Jesus, little to no understanding of the gospel, and little to no opportunity of hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ before they pass away.
  4. What happens to them once they die is therefore a legitimate subject to consider.

This is a religious matter at its heart.In any response to this question, there are a variety of different beliefs entwined, and it is an extremely emotional subject to ask.If we look in the Bible, there isn’t a single passage where Jesus says, ″Some of you have pondered what would happen to those who never hear about me, and here’s the solution.″ God, on the other hand, is not deafeningly quiet.That subject has been addressed, I believe, in a very direct manner by him.The book of Romans might be thought of as a missionary’s letter of encouragement.

  1. The church is being encouraged to take the gospel to those who have never heard the name of Jesus, and an entire book has been produced to help them do it.
  2. In this case, the book of Romans has significant consequences for how we interpret any solution to this issue.
  3. 1) God the Father is known by all people according to Romans 1:18-21.
  • God has revealed himself to all people in a consistent and unmistakable manner throughout history.
  • Every single guy in the African jungle, every single lady in an Asian town, and even the Eskimo in the Arctic tundra have knowledge of God the Father; every single person throughout history has knowledge of God the Father.
  • ″For even though they were aware of God…″ Paul explains.
  • 2) According to Romans 1:18-21, all people reject genuine knowledge of God.
  • Our sinful nature predisposes us to idolize creation rather than the Creator, and this is something we all share in common.
  1. The fact of the matter is that this is a fundamental truth of Scripture, but I believe that it is often missed when considering the subject of what happens to those who never learn about Jesus.
  2. ″What about an Indian tribe that was here long before Europeans arrived, and they didn’t know anything about the gospel, but they had an intrinsic yearning to worship something?″ says the author.
  3. Due to the fact that they were unaware of what that item was, they made do with what they had at hand.
  4. They may have worshipped the sun deity, but that was the best they could do with the resources they had.
  • Do you think God is happy with that?″ Romans 1 states unequivocally that you do not worship the sun and name it ″God,″ and that doing so is not pleasant to the God who is worthy of all adoration and is worthy of our worship.
  • That is a form of idolatry.
  • This is not meant to be a criticism of any particular Indian tribe.
  • It is not intended to be a condemnation of any African tribe or anybody from Asia.
  1. It’s an indictment on each and every one of us.
  2. The tendency for all of us is to worship the creature rather than the Creator, who alone is deserving of all honor.
  3. We worship ourselves, we worship things, we worship idols, or we worship anything else other than God.
  4. We have rejected the actual understanding of God.
  5. In the Bible, it says that there are no innocent persons in the world (Romans 3:10-12.

None are virtuous, not one; nobody comprehends the situation; no one searches for God.Everybody has turned away; they have become useless as a group; no one, not even a single person, performs good.″ All of those statements have a certain universality to them, don’t you think?It is easy to get the impression that there are innocent individuals all over the world who are eager to hear the gospel when we talk about mission.As a reminder, based on the authority of God’s Word, I want to remind you that there is no innocent person in Africa who is waiting to hear the gospel message.There isn’t a single unbeliever in Asia who is waiting to hear the gospel.

  1. The reason they require a gospel is that they are guilty, and not only they, but we all are.’ 4) According to Romans 3:19-20, all humans are condemned for rejecting God.
  2. Believe it or not, do you believe it would be reasonable or fair for God to send someone into hell simply because they did not believe in Jesus when they had never even had the opportunity to learn about Jesus?
  3. I believe that the answer to that question is unequivocally no.
  4. It wouldn’t be fair in any way.
  • Someone who had never heard of Jesus would be unfairly condemned to damnation if they did not believe in him since they did not have the opportunity to hear about him.
  • As a result, many in the Christian community today have concluded, ″Okay, based on this, therefore, if they haven’t heard about Jesus, then they will be OK,″ which is a reasonable conclusion.
  • Everything has its problems, the biggest of which is that everyone gets blamed for rejecting whom?

As a result of rejecting God.When we look at ourselves, we see an unfathomable abyss that divides us from God.But God, in his mercy, came down to meet us where we were and draw us to himself.Now, I’d like you to follow along with my reasoning.The worst thing we could do for someone is give them a pass in some way.If someone will get to heaven exactly because they have never heard about Jesus, what is the worst thing we could do for them?

Tell people about Jesus while you’re out there.Due to the fact that the moment we tell them about Jesus, we have just raised their odds of being sentenced to Hell.They had already entered the kingdom of heaven before we arrived.Obviously, this does not make sense in the context of Scripture.

  1. It doesn’t hold up under scrutiny, and it undermines the entire mission endeavor of the Christian church.
  2. All humans are condemned because they have rejected God.
  3. As a result, people require information about Jesus.
  4. 5) God has provided a means of redemption for those who have fallen away – Romans 3:21-26.
  5. The Bible says, ″For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified as a gift by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…″ God has not waited for us to figure out how to get to him since we are unable to do so.
  6. When we look at ourselves, we see an unfathomable abyss that divides us from God.
  1. But God, in his mercy, came down to meet us where we were and draw us to himself.
  2. He took upon himself the condemnation that was due to us, and he took upon himself the righteousness that we could never have, and he placed it on us.
  3. That is the gospel; that is the grace of God.
  4. 6) People cannot get to God unless they first place their confidence in Christ.
  5. God has orchestrated the entire scenario in such a way that not a single ounce of our efforts is the mechanism by which we are rescued.
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It is absolutely and entirely a gift from God.You cannot come to God unless you have trust in Jesus Christ.It is at this time, without a doubt, that you begin to feel the emotional tug of our inquiry.″Surely there is a possibility, therefore, that they can still make it to paradise,″ some have speculated.″Surely, there is something in their life, something they have done…certainly, there is something there that God will still use to bring them to himself in paradise,″ says the pastor.

I can sense the emotion that is driving that tug, but please consider what I’m saying.After saying that, after saying ″Surely there’s some other way that God brings them to himself,″ after saying ″Surely there’s some other way that God brings them to himself,″ after saying that, what we have said to Jesus on the cross is, ″Thank you for what you did, but we could’ve gotten to God in another way.″ Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your sacrifice; yet, God is compassionate, and I would’ve made it just as well.″ God’s Word states unequivocally and unequivocally that ″people cannot get to God unless they believe in Jesus Christ.″ 7) According to Romans 10:12–14, Christ requires the church to make the gospel known to all people everywhere.The reason for this is that ‘everyone who calls on God’s name will be saved.’″ That’s a promise, believe me.It comes with a warranty.

″How are they going to call on someone in whom they have no faith?″ says the author.And how are they supposed to believe in someone they have never heard of before?And how are they going to hear if no one is preaching to them?And how are they supposed to preach if they aren’t sent?″How lovely are the feet of those who spread the good news!″ it says in the Bible.

This isn’t merely a demonstration of rhetorical prowess, though.This is a representation of God’s redemptive plan for bringing the gospel to all peoples and making it known to them.Christ dispatches his disciples.What exactly do his followers do?

Followers are admonished.Those who follow Christ preach, and those who follow Christ are sent.Specifically, the type of preaching that is being discussed here is the act of telling and proclaiming the good news to others.All followers of Christ have a duty, a privilege, an obligation, and an opportunity in this regard.

Those are causes worth fighting for; they are causes worth dying for; they are causes for which we have been saved, and they are causes for which we are still alive on this earth.This is God’s plan for the world.Followers of Christ are dispatched, and followers preach; people listen, and listeners believe; believers call, and those who call are saved.One of the only ways the plan may fail is if individuals who have been rescued by this gospel choose to sit back and take it all in on their own, while simultaneously turning a deaf ear to others who have never heard it.

  1. That is the only way you can have unreached peoples in the first place: if followers of Christ are not proclaiming the gospel to these people.
  2. The objective of Scripture is not to provide a response to the issue that we are posing; rather, the goal is to eliminate the need to raise the question completely.
  3. The Genuine Question…

I’d want you to visualize something with me right now.I want you to visualize yourself ascending…The person in front of you, the person behind you, or anyone else…it’s all about you…When you walk up to a Bedouin in Algeria, you have the luxury of staring them in the eyes and telling them for the first time about Jesus Christ.Informing people about how their life can be rescued from everlasting damnation as a result of what Jesus accomplished for them on the cross.

Consider the possibility of doing so while also knowing that there is a Bedouin nearby who will come to believe in Christ as a result of your gospel proclamation.Those are causes worth fighting for; they are causes worth dying for; they are causes for which we have been saved, and they are causes for which we are still alive on this earth.What influence do you want your life to have on the unreached peoples of the world?

Unreached People Groups – Global Teams

  1. The term ″people group″ refers to a collection of individuals who have a shared identity and set of features.
  2. For example, language is a distinguishing characteristic of a certain people group (although some people groups speak multiple languages).
  3. People groups also have shared conventions, regulations, and practices that help define who they are as a group, such as marriage and inheritance procedures, that help define who they are as individuals.
  4. Global Teams are primarily concerned with reaching the ″unreached″ population groups of the globe.

In the context of evangelical Christianity, an unreached people group is one in which fewer than 2 percent of the population is evangelical Christian.If you count every unreached people group once inside each nation in which they exist, which includes the United States and Canada, the globe presently has roughly 6,825 unreached people groups, according to IMG.org.This includes the United States and Canada.The unreached people groups account for around 40% of all people groups in the world, according to this estimate.

Global Teams Working Within Unreached People Groups

  1. Global Teams is now working with 167 unreached people groups in different parts of the world.
  2. From training sites across the world, our international teams are dispatched to unreached people groups to live and serve alongside them.
  3. Our international teams are made up of workers from a variety of nationalities.
  4. Several Costa Rican nursing students, for example, are sent to Africa to work as part of a team with a Kenyan and an American in order to reach the nomadic Turkana people.

As whole communities gradually come to trust in Christ, new Christian groups begin to arise.These new disciples of Jesus continue to live in their culture, and the church is planted into their existing family and social networks as a result.We have seen 29 new church planting movements for Christ form as a consequence of our efforts in these people groups, and these movements have begun sending out missionaries to additional unreached people groups.

An Example of an Unreached People Group in Africa

The Bangubangu are an example of an unreached people group living in Africa who has partnered with Global Teams to spread the gospel. They have a population of 90,000 individuals who all speak KiBangubangu as a common language among themselves. This people group does not have a Bible that is written in their native tongue.

Religious Background

The Bangubangu are devout followers of a supreme divinity known as Vilie Nambi. They participate in ancestor worship that is heavily influenced by Islam, and they are wary of bad spirits.

Interesting Fact About the Bangubangu People

Belgian colonial authorities were the first to establish the village authority system, which consists of a paramount chief who is aided by many officials. Many communities do not accept this system and instead pledge their loyalty to locally appointed leaders known as Sultani, which is an Arabic term that means ″sultan.″

Prayer Points

Specifically, pray for God to expedite the translation and distribution of his word in KiBangubangu, as well as for his message to be alive and active among the Bangubangu people (Hebrews 4:12). Global Teams is also collaborating with the Wabwari people who live nearby. If you could, please pray that both of these groups may come to see Jesus as the Bread of Life (John 6:48)

So What’s Left To Do?

  1. You can reach a total of 121,274,620 people if you tally up all of the people who are members of an unreached people group who have not yet been reached by anybody anywhere.
  2. (Image courtesy of IMG.org) Consequently, much labor remains to be done, a great deal of seed to be planted, and an inordinate amount of soul-fishing to be done.
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The lost years of Jesus: The mystery of Christ’s missing 18 years

Known as the ″Lost Years″ of Jesus Christ, the period between the ages of 12 and 30 between his birth and death is a scriptural riddle that has perplexed historians and Christians alike for many centuries.It is unknown where Jesus may have been or traveled during that time period, creating a theological vacuum that has been filled with beliefs that are mostly inspired by religious belief, rumor, and mythology depending on the sources used to develop them.In this essay, whether readers are believers or not, the author examines the diverse spectrum of stories that have emerged since the early 1900s.

Many attempts have been made to fill in the eighteen years that have elapsed since Jesus vanishes from the pages of the Bible.This has resulted in legends of his traveling to far-flung regions such as India to study with Eastern mystics, Persia, and even North America, as well as claims of him having visited Europe.Other myths, such as those centered on the notion that Jesus traveled to Britain and even made a stop in Cornwall, have spawned colorful narratives that are tied to King Arthur and the legend of the hunt for the Holy Grail, among other things.So, what proof do we have to back up the claim that Jesus traveled hundreds of kilometers from Judea to other countries on his mission?

  1. The earliest sources include the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which are the earliest sources.
  2. Jesus is thought to have been born at Bethlehem, but according to the Gospels, his family moved away shortly afterward and resided in the town of Nazareth, thereby fulfilling the prophecy of the Bible that Jesus would be known as a Nazarene.
  3. It is possible that Jesus’ social standing was ‘blue collar’ since he and his carpenter father Joseph made their little living as artisans because Nazareth was a peaceful, agricultural and fishing hamlet where the people lived on a tight budget.
  4. A popular narrative is that Jesus went three miles away to the bustling town of Sepphoris, which at the time was noted for its beautiful mosaic artwork made by the Romans, in the middle Galilee area of today’s Israel, in search of employment because he had little possibility of finding it.
  5. Given the abundance of options to construct houses and walls, this community may have served as the initial stepping stone on the path that would eventually lead to what is thought to be the beginning of Jesus’ search for spiritual enlightment.
  6. It is possible that Jesus spent the majority of these intervening years working as a carpenter in Galilee, as some Christian scholars think; nevertheless, there are few allusions to this in the Scriptures.
  • In response to the eighteen-year gap in the scriptures, various intriguing explanations have been proposed, but none has yet been proven by trustworthy evidence.
  • Jesus may have gone on an epic ‘walkabout’ from his home in Nazareth, according to one idea about his disappearance and his missing years.
  • If this incident had transpired, Jesus would have been no more than a 12-year-old child; thus, how emotionally prepared and aware would such a young person have to be in order to go on such a long and potentially perilous journey?
  • Most likely, while living at Sepphoris, the young Jesus received his first awareness of the world by both speaking the Aramaic language and learning to read, which is how he came to be known as ″the Christ.″ According to the Gospel of Luke, Jesus walked into the synagogue and read from the scroll of the prophets, which is the only piece of recorded scripture that supports this theory so far.

In his childhood, he would have witnessed firsthand the social and economic persecution of the Palestinian-Jewish peasants, of which he was a member, which he would have learned about from his parents.Such information may have served as an impetus for Jesus to seek answers in the outside world, and it may have had an impact on his choice to abandon his family, which would have been contentious at the time.Scholars have speculated that Jesus’ father Joseph passed away when he was approximately 12 years old, and that this tragic occurrence may have served as the impetus for him to embark on a personal quest to achieve spiritual enlightenment while still in his childhood.This ‘walkabout,’ which lasted nearly two decades, may have begun when he was 13 years old and continued until his death.

During this vulnerable period, the purported ″lost years″ begin, and the numerous ideas about where Jesus spent his formative years as he matured into manhood are accessible to a wide range of interpretations.Whatever obligations a young Jesus may have had to his mother and extended family in Nazareth, it must have been a contentious decision for him to abandon those closest to him at such an early age in order to embark on an epic and risky journey on foot.But some Christians feel that the years that have been lost are insignificant, and that any revelations regarding them are unlikely to make a significant impact to their understanding of the Christian faith.To put it another way, if anything was significant, it would have been included in the Bible.According to some researchers, learning more about the whereabouts of Jesus and the experiences he had during those unrecorded years might aid in the understanding of many of the mysteries surrounding Christianity.

  • For many years, there have been rumors that the Vatican is hiding certain fascinating realities regarding the life of Jesus, including his eighteen years in exile.
  • Traditional beliefs might be radically altered as a result of this understanding.
  • To this day, nothing has been disclosed concerning the existence of such records, as well as what Jesus was doing and where he was throughout the period between the ages of 13 and 30.
  • Some researchers believe that he spent these undocumented years traveling around Britain with a man named ‘Joseph of Arimathea,’ while others believe he traveled to India and Persia during this time.
  • When a Russian traveller claimed to have uncovered authentic scriptures at a monastery in India in the late nineteenth century, it was widely believed that Jesus had been to India and taught there as well as elsewhere in the East.

This story is based on a belief that Jesus travelled to Britain with ‘Joseph of Arimathea’, a tin trader who some believe was his uncle, although other ‘canonical gospel’ texts describe him mainly as a rich man and disciple of Jesus.A great degree of literature had been written about this particular tale, taking it into the realms of tradition, so that by the 15th century, Glastonbury in Somerset was touted as the birthplace of British Christianity.Joseph was believed to have erected the first church there to house the Holy Grail.There was also an account that Joseph of Arimathea had earlier visited Glastonbury with Jesus as a child, which inspired artist and

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