From my personal reading of the New Testament and many books on missionary work, I believe there is confusion with some on where our energies should be concentrated. Before I explain what I mean, I will be quick to affirm that there are many missionaries God’s has used over the past two or three centuries who pushed the gospel into uncharted territory, i.e., “unreached people groups”. In this century, with modern technology at our finger tips and exceptional translating skills for Bibles to be in every language, you would think that the Great Commission would be just about complete. According to the statistics of the Joshua Project, there are still 6,693 unreached people groups, or 40.4% of the total people groups of the world (1).
Why are we falling behind in the command of Matthew 28:19-20? Could it be that we really don’t understand the process Jesus intended us to pursue? Tomorrow I want to dig into the definition of a “people group” from a biblical understanding with the hope that it will bring adjustment to our focus in missions.
Level 1 - Unreached = Less than 2% Evangelicals or less that 5% Professing Christians
Level 2 - Minimally reached = Less than 2% Evangelicals or 5% to 50% Professing Christians
Level 3 - Superficially reached = Less than 2% Evangelicals or more than 50% Professing Christians
Level 4 - Partially reached = More that 2% Evangelicals but less than 10%
Level 5 - Significantly reached = More that 10% Evangelicals
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