Posts Tagged ‘unreached’
Posted on June 13th, 2014 by Jonathan
The guys at CROSS would love to hear where the Lord is leading you since the conference last December. So if you attended CROSS and are going overseas in the next 2 years (short or long term), let them know by emailing email@example.com. Be sure to include where you’ll be going and how long you’ll be there. It’s possible that you could serve the next gathering!
Posted on June 10th, 2014 by Jonathan
“And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’” (Luke 10:2)
If you went to CROSS Conference this past December, they’d love to hear how the Lord has led you since. So if you’re going anywhere in the next 2 years (short or long term), email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them about … it could be that your story serves to encourage others in an exciting CROSS project. Go here for more info.
If you missed the conference this past December, you can see all the talks at crosscon.com. Below is Pastor David’s message, “Mobilizing God’s Army for the Great Commission.”
Posted on May 1st, 2014 by Jonathan
As we commit to pray for Turkey throughout May, here are some compelling figures to keep in mind. The following information was taken from Joshua Project and Hope for Turkey–our official prayer focus website. Check HopeForTurkey.com regularly for updates and prayer requests this month, and be sure to take advantage of the 31-day prayer guide.
People Groups: 60
Unreached People Groups: 42
Evangelical Christian: (0.01%); 4,000
Posted on April 30th, 2014 by Jonathan
If you missed Secret Church on Good Friday and have not yet been able to participate in the simulcast replay, then you may have also missed our prayer focus. Together, throughout the month of May, we’ll be focusing our prayers on the Peoples of Turkey. You can find out about Turkey, the people groups that live there, and the unique culture of the country at HopeForTurkey.com, our official prayer focus website.
To assist you in knowing how to specifically pray, we’d encourage you to use this beautiful 31-day prayer guide. It includes various general topics as well as specific requests.
We are praying with expectancy, excited to see what our Father in heaven does as thousands of people lift up Turkey on a consistent basis for the next 31 days. We hope you’ll join us, starting tomorrow!
Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Jonathan
The missionary question is not, “Where are there unbelievers?”
The missionary question is, “Where are there peoples who don’t have any Christians among them?”
HT: Justin Taylor
Many of you may be familiar with Joshua Project. Joshua Project is an amazing resource ministry that can be used to learn about, pray for, and go to people groups all over the world for the sake of the gospel. We wanted to let you know that they have a new updated look that is sure to make it easier to learn more about the different peoples of the world.
They make it easy to:
1. Find people groups by country, language, listings, and maps.
2. Find accurate global statistics.
Posted on March 17th, 2014 by Jonathan
In case you missed it, the prayer focus for the upcoming Secret Church (“The Cross and Everyday Life”) is the peoples of Turkey. Today, Turkey is 99% Muslim. Though there are only a handful of believers there now, there was a day when Christianity thrived in the region. Join us as we learn more about this country and the rich Christian history of a region now dominated by mosques.
Secret Church 14, “The Cross and Everyday Life,” takes place on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. You can find out more information and register for the simulcast at SecretChurch.org.
Posted on March 14th, 2014 by David Burnette
David Sills’ recent post is a powerful reminder of the urgency of our mission as followers of Christ. Reaching the unreached must remain a priority, for as Sills notes, “The tragedy of those who depart this life without hope in Christ is a horror beyond description.” However, this reality should also give us an urgency to teach the saved, that is, to see new believers grow and become stable and mature in their faith.
Here’s Sills’ reflection on the tsunami that hit Asia not too long ago, killing more than 200,000 people who in all likelihood did not know Christ:
“However, as I thought about the staggering reality of that vast number of souls who perished in one day during a massive tsunami in Southeast Asia, feeling the temptation to strategize to reach the rest of the world to give them at least John 3:16, I remembered something else. Virtually the same number of people died in one day in Haiti, a country that is considered Christian by almost any modern standard. Indeed, even CNN coverage noted those who were praying and singing hymns in the rubble. Haiti was deemed reached and left in the hands of the nationals, while many missionaries turned their attention to the unreached areas of the world. Yet, missiologists report that about 90 percent of Haiti’s population adheres to Voodoo, the brand of paganism that emerged during the colonial era that incorporates many Christian elements, adding Jesus to the pantheon of spirits that address all needs, fears or concerns of life.
There are many sincere evangelical Christians among the Haitian population, godly men and women who are burdened by the syncretism they see every day. There are countless more whom we have considered to be believers, but who are deceived by Voodoo and blinded by demonic forces. The same number of people died in Haiti in one day as died in the tsunami in one day. One group was never reached, the other was never taught what it means to know Christ truly, to turn away from the old, to repent and be born again. Can we begin to measure which one is worse? Are they not both unbearable?
Look back a few more years, to what was arguably the most reached country in Africa, with more than 90 percent of the population being baptized Christians. Yet, while the West blinked, almost one million were hacked to death by their “Christian” brothers. Between 800,000 and one million people died in less than 100 days in the worst genocide we have known – among “Christians.” They called themselves reached Christians; we called them that, too.”
This is a good reminder of the central thrust of Christ’s commission in Matthew 28:18 – to “make disciples.” Sills points out that we shouldn’t simply aim to let others know about Jesus (obviously a great and necessary starting point), but rather to see disciples grow and flourish in their faith. Of course we want these disciples to multiply in their own contexts, but this won’t happen in a healthy and sustained way for those who are nominal or immature Christians. Here’s how Sills closes:
“There should be no dichotomy between search and harvest, as if one is more biblical than the other, as if one is essential, crucial, imperative and urgent while the other is less important. Reaching the unreached is an absolute necessity and unquestionably the Christ-given task of the church. Teaching the reached is its twin duty – equal in importance, urgency and biblical origin.
Reaching the lost and teaching the saved is the task of missions.”
Posted on September 20th, 2013 by David Burnette
Why does Cross exist? From the website:
for the global purpose of magnifying the kingly majesty of Jesus Christ. Our focus is on all the unreached peoples of the world where Jesus is not worshipped as God and Savior.
To that end CROSS aims to mobilize students for the most dangerous and loving cause in the universe: rescuing people from eternal suffering and bringing them into the everlasting joy of friendship with Jesus.
Jesus said that every person without faith in him, remains under the wrath of God (John 3:36). He also said that God did not send him “to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17).
That saving faith is born through the message of Jesus’ blood and righteousness—his cross. Everyone who believes is saved. But nobody believes without a messenger.
World missions is the glorious gospel enterprise of going like Christ into another cultural world to rescue people from eternal suffering, and renovate their broken lives, that they might render to God the splendor of his majesty through faith in Christ.
There is no better reason to lose your life and no greater way to live it.
The Cross Leadership Team:
Thabiti Anyabwile, Kevin DeYoung, John Piper, David Platt, Zane Pratt, David Sitton, Mack Stiles
You can register for Cross by going here.
Posted on August 6th, 2013 by Jonathan
The country holding the number 14 spot on the World Watch List (a list of the most persecuted countries) lives up to its unfortunate reputation for several reasons. One of those has to do with its stringent blasphemy laws and zealousness to carry out harsh punishment on those who break them. From Asia Bibi to Rimsha Masih, these unjust laws not only leave the door open for persecution of Christians, but enable and encourage it. On top of the blasphemy laws, Pakistan’s general “Islamizing culture” allows for radical Islamist groups to rise up in power with viral hatred for Christians.
Here are some facts about Christianity in Pakistan.
- While there are around 5.3 million Christians in Pakistan, they only make up about 2.8% of its overall population of 190 million.
- Of Pakistan’s 465 people groups, 453 are unreached, which means they are less than 2% Evangelical Christian.
- Pakistan hosts between 1 and 1.8 million immigrants in its north, many of whom are refugees from neighboring countries like Afghanistan. Many of these refugees have become Christians due to Christian aid workers, yet they are surrounded by hostility.
- Pakistan is home to 4 million Ahmadiyya people, an intensely-persecuted, “heretical” Muslim sect that has been forced into hiding. While no groups are currently focused on reaching them, they may be more open to the gospel in their present suffering.
- Pakistan has the second largest concentration of unreached, unengaged people groups in the world.
- Pakistan has the world’s second largest Muslim population.
Let’s pray for Pakistan’s Christians. They need strength from God to persevere in their faith, endure suffering, live with wisdom, and spread the gospel in boldness. Pray for those who are hurting, afraid, and lonely. At the same time, pray that the Lord uses Christians there to reach the scores of people there who, like the Ahmadiyya, are currently unreached. And remember to pray for the persecutors… they need to hear the gospel even more than the believers they persecute.
This post was originally published on the Secret Church blog. Check it out for updates and information bout Secret Church gatherings and the persecuted church.
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