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Unreached and Unengaged

September 6, 2011

Tomorrow, I will be in Atlanta with a team for a conference called “Embrace.”  We will be immersed in information about the global gospel crisis.  While Jesus gave us the command to make disciples of every group of people in the world (Matt. 24:14, 28:19; Luke 24:13; Acts 1:8), we are still short of accomplishing that task.  Out of over 16,000 identifiable distinct cultures (“people groups”) in the world, more that 6,000 remain unreached (meaning less than 2% profess Jesus as Lord).  Many of those are unengaged, with no current presence of the gospel. 

We cannot fulfill the mission of Christ apart from our global responsibility.  Some will always resist by claiming there are needs right here where we live.  Of course there are.  We are not ignoring those at all; HWC has a profound local witness of Jesus.  This is not an “either/or” question.  It is a “both/and” issue.  

There is also a discrepancy concerning the amount of gospel witness around us versus many places in the world.  We have a small number of believers in the U.S. compared to the world, and yet, we have most of the resources and trained clergy in the world.  We must redistribute the gospel to places where there is not much of a witness.  Listen to the words of one of the first Christian missionary, the Apostle Paul: 

How then shall they call on [Jesus] in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without someone to preach.  And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” (Rom. 10:14-15 b, emphasis added).

Pray that our hearts would gaze upon the call of Christ, the scope of the need, and the best way for HWC to engage and reach the unengaged and unreached of the world.  To do otherwise is to demote Jesus and His mission from the supreme place. 

Here is a link to the conference we are attending:    http://www.imb.org/main/lead/embracedefault.asp?StoryID=9651&LanguageID=1709

Here is more on the unreached and unengaged people groups of the world and the global task God has given us:  www.joshuaproject.net

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