Posts Tagged ‘unreached’

  1. The Missionary Question

    Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Jonathan Lenning

    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

  2. A Great Website on Missions is Now Even Better

    Posted on April 14th, 2014 by Eric Parker

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    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:

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    1. Find people groups by country, language, listings, and maps.

     

     

     

     

     

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  3. Secret Church 14 Prayer Focus: The Peoples Of Turkey

    Posted on March 17th, 2014 by Jonathan Lenning

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    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.

    As we continue to post about Turkey on the Secret Church blog, also be sure to check out HopeForTurkey.com, the official website of the SC14 prayer focus.

    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.

  4. Teaching the Saved is Urgent Too

    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.”

  5. Cross: For the Global Glory of Jesus Christ

    Posted on September 20th, 2013 by David Burnette

    Why does Cross exist? From the website:

    CROSS exists

    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.

  6. Country Profile: Pakistan

    Posted on August 6th, 2013 by Jonathan Lenning

    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.

    Information for this post was gathered from Operation WorldWorld Watch List, and Joshua Project.

    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.

  7. Unreached

    Posted on July 31st, 2013 by Jonathan Lenning

    We encourage you to specifically and intentionally pray for Muslims during Ramadan. Below is a people group that is almost completely Muslim. Lift them up to the Lord that they might know and worship him.

    Domari, Gypsy of Egypt


    Domari Gypsy of EgyptPopulation:
      270,000

    Religion:  Muslim (99.00%)

    What are their beliefs?

    The Middle East Gypsies are often Muslim and they follow the practices and beliefs of the Islamic faith. The traditional beliefs of the Gypsies – that ghosts, lizards, and snakes are capable of harming humans, that men have the power to curse others by giving them the “evil eye,” and that some people have the power to heal the sick – are no longer held by most Gypsies. There are a growing number of Christian Gypsies.

    What are their needs?

    Domari Gypsy of Egypt MapThe quality of health care, nutrition, housing, and education is poor. Adequate educational opportunities must be provided in order to raise their standard of living. Spiritually, the Islamic religion is very difficult to influence.

    Their nomadic lifestyle has also made it difficult for missionaries to reach them. It is encouraging to hear of recent breakthroughs in ministering to Gypsies. Most Gypsies have no Christian resources available to them. Christian broadcasts and Scriptures must be made available if they are to hear the Gospel. Christian workers are needed to teach them how to live lives pleasing to God.

    Prayer Points

    • Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to share Christ with the Gypsies.
    • Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the small number of Gypsy Christians, and that they will be bold witnesses to their own people.
    • Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of Gypsies towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
    • Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Middle East Gypsies.
    • Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group’s primary language, Domari.
    • Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in Domari.

    Learn more about this people group by visiting:

    Joshua Project, People Groups, or Operation World.

  8. Unreached

    Posted on July 24th, 2013 by Jonathan Lenning

     We encourage you to specifically and intentionally pray for Muslims during Ramadan. Below is a people group that is almost completely Muslim. Lift them up to the Lord that they might know and worship him.

    Shaikh of India

    Shaikh of India, ManPopulation:  76,868,000

    Religion:  Islam (100%)

    What are their beliefs?

    The Shaikhs are not bound by one particular profession. The Shaikh can be broadly grouped into five communities. Three of these communities are the Siddiks, Farukis and Abbasi who are often descendents of Arab immigrants. The other two are the Chistis and Kuraishis communities who tend to be mainly from converts to Islam. Consequently, the Shaikhs profess Islam and have both Sunni and Shia traditions among them. In Nepal they speak Nepali and either Urdu, Bhojpuri or Maithili in their communities. They are not vegetarian and their common food is rice, mutton and vegetables. Common surnames are Mondal, Siddiqui, Usmani, Faroqui and Sheikh.

    What are their needs?

    Shaikh of India, MapThere has been much ministry activity among the Shaikh in India but few works in Nepal. Pray that this largest group of Nepali Muslims will find the truth of Jesus and that the advancement of the gospel among the Shaikh in India continues. There is a lot of potential for gospel growth within the Shaikh community because of relatively few social divisions.

    Prayer Points

    • Pray that groups of Christians will regularly pray for the Shaikh.
    • Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide Christians to best witness the gospel to the Shaikh.
    • Pray that preachers will be sent to preach the gospel to the Shaikh.
    • Pray that God will establish strong local churches among the Shaikh as they repent and believe in Christ.

    Learn more about this people group by visiting:

    Joshua ProjectPeople Groups, or Operation World

  9. Unreached

    Posted on July 17th, 2013 by Jonathan Lenning

    We encourage you to specifically and intentionally pray for Muslims during Ramadan. Below is a people group that is almost completely Muslim. Lift them up to the Lord that they might know and worship him.

    Arab, Bedouin of Iraq


    Arab BedouinPopulation:
      1,578,155

    Religion:  Islam; less than 2% evangelical Christian; no active church planting activity

    Who are the Arab, Bedouin of Iraq?

    The Bedouin Arabs of Iraq have a population of 1,578,155. They are part of the Bedouin, Arabian people cluster. The global population of this people group is 12,739,482. Their primary language is Najdi Arabic – (ars). The primary religion practiced by the Bedouin Arabs is Islam, a monotheistic religion built around the teachings of the Quran and of the prophet Muhammad.
    IraqTheir GSEC status is 1, which means this people group is less than 2% evangelical, some evangelical resources are available, but there has been no active church planting among them within the past two years.

    Prayer Points

    • Pray that groups of Christians will regularly pray for the Arab, Bedouin.
    • Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide Christians to best witness the gospel to the Arab, Bedouin.
    • Pray that preachers will be sent to preach the gospel to the Arab, Bedouin of Iraq.
    • Pray that churches will be planted and sustained among the Arab, Bedouin of Iraq as many repent and trust in Christ.

    Learn more about this people group by visiting:

    Joshua ProjectPeople Groups, or Operation World

  10. 10 Things Every Christian Should Know About Islam

    Posted on July 16th, 2013 by Jonathan Lenning

    The following article by Zane Pratt was originally published in Southern Seminary Magazine and was shortly thereafter posted on The Gospel Coalition blog. These are good things to know as we pray for Muslims together during this Ramadan month and proclaim Jesus to them. (HT: Justin Taylor’s helpful summary)

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    Islam is a fast-growing religion, especially in the Western world. Christians increasingly need to be aware of Islam and, most importantly, how to engage its adherents with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here are 10 things I learned about Islam during my 20 years as a missionary in a Muslim-majority country.

    1. “Muslim” and “Arab” are not the same thing.

    “Muslim” is a religious term. A Muslim is someone who adheres to the religion of Islam. “Arab,” on the contrary, is an ethno-linguistic term. An Arab is a member of the people group who speak the Arabic language. It is true that Islam originated among the Arabs, and the Qur’an was written in Arabic. However, some Arabs have historically been part of the ancient orthodox Christian churches. On the other hand, Islam spread far beyond the Arab world, and today most Muslims are not Arabs. This includes the Turks, the Kurds, the Iranians, the Pakistanis, other South Asian Muslims, the Malaysians and the Indonesians, almost all of whom are Muslim but none of whom is Arab.

    2. The word “Islam” means submission.

    A Muslim is someone who submits to God. The Islamic conception of who God is, and how he is to be worshiped and served, is based on the teaching of Muhammad. Thus the Islamic creed is: “There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his prophet.”

    3. There are two major denominations of Muslims.

    The two major denominations of Muslims are Sunni and Shi’a. Sunnis are the vast majority, at 85 percent of all Muslims. The split occurred in the first generation after Muhammad’s death and was based on a dispute over who should succeed him as leader of the Islamic community.

    4. Islamic theology could be summarized as belief in one God, his prophets, his books, his angels, his decrees, and the final judgment.

    Islam teaches that humans are born spiritually neutral, perfectly capable of obeying God’s requirements completely, and that they remain this way even after they’ve personally sinned. The need of humanity, therefore, is not salvation but instruction; hence Islam has prophets, but no savior.

    5. Islam teaches that Jesus was a great prophet.

    Islam affirms that Jesus was born of a virgin, that he lived a sinless life, that he performed mighty miracles, and that he will come again at the end of history. It even calls him a word from God. However, it explicitly denies the deity of Christ and repudiates the title “Son of God” as blasphemous. It also (according to the majority view) denies he died on the cross, claiming that Jesus’ visage was imposed on someone else, who was then crucified, and that Jesus was taken up into heaven without tasting death. Islam explicitly denies the possibility of substitutionary atonement.

    6. Islamic practice can be summarized by the Five Pillars of Islam.

    These are composed of the confession of faith (“There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his prophet”), prayer (the ritual prayers said in Arabic five times a day while facing Mecca and performing the prescribed set of bowings, kneeling, and prostrations), alms (taken as a tax in some officially Islamic countries), fasting (the lunar month of Ramadan, during which Muslim believers fast during daylight hours but can eat while it’s dark), and pilgrimage (the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, which every Muslim believer should make once in his or her lifetime).

    7. The vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists.

    In fact, normal Islamic religious law forbids the intentional killing of non-combatants in battle. It also forbids suicide. It’s a small minority view that allows these things, and it’s a small minority who engage in terrorist activities.

    8. Muslims can be some of the friendliest, most hospitable people on earth.

    They make great neighbors and great friends. No Christian should be afraid to build a relationship with a Muslim.

    9. Muslims need salvation through Jesus Christ.

    They are lost exactly like any other non-Christian—neither more nor less than anyone else. Furthermore, Muslims do come to faith in Jesus Christ. It usually takes time, and extended exposure to the Word of God and the lives of Christians, but more Muslims are coming to faith today than at any other point in history.

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    10. God loves Muslims, and so should we—even those few who are our enemies.

    We should love them enough to befriend them, love them enough to make them welcome in our homes, and love them enough to share the gospel with them.