Perhaps the most helpful tool in testing our missions work is simply by understanding the word “nation” in Matthew 24:14 and 28:19. This word in Greek is ethnos which literally means, “a people group, a large group based on cultural, physical or geographic ties”.
As many missionary minded believers have wrestled with testing their work, a statement was issued in March 1982 by the Lausanne Strategy Working Group as follows:
A “people group” is “a significant large grouping of individuals who perceive themselves to have a common affinity for one another because of their shared language, religion, ethnicity, residence, occupation, class or caste, situation, etc. or combination of these…[It is] the largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance.”*
Why do I quote this here? As I posted yesterday, there are still about 6,693 people groups in the world that are unreached. If we truly understand why we have been left on earth, we should be strongly motivated to do all we can with God’s help to put the Gospel on a fast track for reaching those who have never heard. “Then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). That is what this ministry is about. Pray with us for effective work under the Spirit’s direction and power.
*Ralph Winter, Unreached Peoples, Recent Developments in the Concept, Mission Frontiers, (August/September 1989); page 18.
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