While there are many unreached people groups in the countries that fit into what is called the 10/40 window (see map), India poses the largest challenge. Here are some numbers to digest.
· Number of People Groups in India = 2,585
· Number of Unreached People groups = 2,311 or 89.4%
· Total population of India = 1,347,994,000
· Population of the Unreached People Groups = 1,293,515,000
· Largest Religion = Hinduism (80.9%)
· Population Professing Christianity = 2.1%
What would missionary to India, William Carey (1761 to 1834), say if he read these numbers (above)? The progress in reaching India with the gospel has been far less than it should be. What has hindered this progress and how can we promote movements of God that will rapidly get the gospel to these groups and establish disciples into self-sustaining, self-governing, and self-propagating churches? More money is not the answer. Neither is it more buildings, schools or hospitals. I agree with Rick Wood (Mission Frontiers); “sending tens of thousands of missionaries to India to “convert” people from any other religion to join the Christian church is not…a biblical plan” (May/June 2019).
What is needed and must be done is the awakening of the indigenous church to realize its responsibility to proclaim the gospel to their own. We have seen how the Western church model has become a stumbling block with its emphasis on money and buildings. It is time to return to God’s word and again observe the biblical model.
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