Hello friends, before jumping back into my series on Local Church mission strategy, I wanted to start a new Monthly-ish series called “Life Changing Stat of the Month” where we simply share a stat and discuss it’s importance for the Church and her mission.
This month’s stat comes from the Center for the Study of Global Christianity. I want you to read it at least 3 times before moving on. Ready, here it is:
86% of all Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists do not personally know a Christian
What do you think about that? That means that the largest blocks of people without the Gospel don’t even know someone that could tell it to them. What should that mean for the Church? This SHOULD have seismic shifts in our churches’ mission strategy (we’ll visit this soon), in our short-term mission practices, in our prayers, and in our day to day lives.
Do you see it…the lost are, in many ways, because Christians choose to not live anywhere near them. Even some residual evangelism might take place if we just lived among them. Some people ask me why God is allowing the refugee crisis today…I think a major reason is this stat. I think Paul would agree. Read Acts 17.26-27
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.
God has, as my friend Cody Lorance says, taken the 10/40 Window and started shaking it upside down over places where Christians do live and churches do exist. WHY? So that these poor, lost, miserable masses might seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him!!!!
Well then, besides welcoming the unreached that come to us, what are we to do? What if we started allowing the Biblical priority that the Gospel should move from where it is to where it is not (see Genesis 12.1-3, Luke 4.43, and Romans 15:18-24 for instance) affect where we send workers. It may not be enough simply to say, “we’ll send you anywhere God has laid on your heart.” Maybe we need to help them see God’s heart on this matter.
What if, too, we encouraged our marketplace professionals to find out if their company (or a company like it) might consider transferring them to Unreached places. I have friends that have been transferred (along with very healthy pay raises) to some of the most unreached Muslim countries in the world. We must be in contact with the lost. Even those of us stuck in the West or the “bible belt” need to be asking whether many lost people know us.
I know some of you out their have even better ideas. Let’s hear them!