Hundreds of Unreached People Groups are right here in our nation.

/Hundreds of Unreached People Groups are right here in our nation.

Hundreds of Unreached People Groups are right here in our nation.

Hundreds of Unreached People Groups are right here in our nation.

 

Sue and I have been so blessed to connect with Dr. Howard Foltz and AIMS.  The mission is to empower the church to take the Gospel where it has never been proclaimed.  As we have embraced this focus to the church in various parts of the world, we can see that we are joining fellow-workers throughout the world who have this same passion.

The Great Commision is being carried out by our family in Christ in these nations that have been closed or restricted to the Gospel.  These indigenous believers are taking up the mandate with a heart and desire to be obedient to the love of Christ, and to Go into all the World and preach the Gospel and make disciples of all nations (people groups).

In pursuit of a greater knowledge of this unfinished task that lies ahead of the church, we see a harvest that is very great but the laborers are few.  Jesus told us to pray to the Lord of the Harvest that He would send laborers into this field.  We can see that the greatest percentage of these unreached peoples are found in the 10/40 window.  83% of Ureached People Groups are found in this region of the world from North Africa, Middleast and Asia.

A different naritive exists in the United States.  Many immigrants and refugees from these difficult and restricted nations now live among us.  They are no longer under the smothering  governments that would want to stop the church.  Yet there is still a subtle barrier that stands between these people that the church.  Many do not know about this tremendous opportunity of cross cultural ministry.  There are far more laborers here for a harvest that has sprung up within reach of our local churches.  Many local churches do not see this harvest and as a result are indifferent to the need.

Missionaries in the past would forsake all and move to remote regions of the world without the hope of ever seeing their homeland and family again.  Today UPGs can be reached with the strength of the local church in our our own communities.

Could it be that Peoples who have been held in darkness in dangersous and restricted regions of the world have been transplanted into North America?  Do you think that God may have a plan to mobilize churches that will love, serve and reach these peoples who have come as immigrants and refugees?  Yet many of these people live in this nation untouched.  Spiritually speaking they are no better off than when they were trapped in spiritual darkness in their country of origin.

It is possible for a local church in the U.S. to touch and even reach a Unreached People Group without even getting a passport or a plane ticket.  The Unreached world has come to our front porch.  I believe that it is in God’s plan for the church in the the U.S.A. be used to express the love of God to these people, look beyond themselves and dare to embrace cross-cultural ministry in their own cities and counties.

The following information has come from Dr. Bryan Galloway, Senior Research Analyst with the International Mission Board’s Global Research.   I would like to share this with you and provide a link at the bottom of the page.   Keep in mind the research is still being conducted for the U.S. and Canada (and posted at peoplegroups.info), and these present numbers are likely to be off by one to five people groups. If you compare them to last year (and compare with Strangers Next Door), you will see the differences provided by better research.

The United States and Canada make the top-six list of countries in the world with the largest numbers of unreached people groups (defining an unreached people as less than 2 percent evangelical).

An examination of the 282 and 167 unreached people groups in these two countries reveals a more troubling set of numbers—the unengaged-unreached people groups.

An unengaged-unreached people is a group that is less than 2 percent evangelical AND there is no evangelical church planting strategy being executed to reach that group. The present UUPG count is 207 for the U.S. and 141 for Canada.These are our present North American realities.

Some of us have been sharing these number for a few years, calling the church to give priority to church planting activities among the unengaged and unreached peoples of North America. However, the reality remains: In North America, the expectation is that church planting is to take place among reached people groups.

If you are a church or denominational leader, I want to ask you to question your present reality. If you are not familiar with your denomination’s (or network’s) church planting activities, then I would encourage you to contact your leaders and inquire about the work among unreached peoples in North America. Then ask why the highest priority is not with the unengaged and unreached.

Our priority in North America is to shuffle the sheep around in the Kingdom in order to add another local church to the country. Our theology and missiology expects churches to be planted instantly with long-term Kingdom citizens, rather than from the harvest with 100 percent conversion growth (i.e., Acts 13-14). Our ambition is to preach the gospel where Christ has already been named and build upon someone else’s foundation.

And yet an ancient model calls to us across the ages:

“Thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, ‘Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand’” (Romans 15:20-21, ESV).

Though data may very from different organizations these statistics still give us a good picture of where we are at with our goal of reaching every ethnos (people group) with the good news of Jesus Christ.

This article originally appeared here.

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