Here are some realities that I really hope you read and read again while listening to God:
- Almost 7 billion people are on earth today.
- Almost 3 billion do not know about Jesus yet!
- There are 6,890 unreached people groups (less the 2% Christian) on earth today.
- There are 1,015 unengaged people groups (no gospel presence and no one working there) on earth today.
(Interested in knowing more about this stuff, visit http://www.finishingthetask.com/index.html and http://www.joshuaproject.net/index.php. Note that some of their data is wrong in both directions, but it is close.)
Today I visited one of the unreached people groups (Silte) and discussed serious possibilities for (All Nations) adoption and engagement with an unengaged one (Argobba).
MKC Mission Director, Yemiru Tilahun (amazing Brother) personally drove me 3 hours outside of Addis Ababa to this unreached people group (Silte)! And something clicked in me. I have heard the stats above! I've read the books. I just did not really believe them. I mean, I did, but I needed to see one and touch one--it is just how I am wired. Today it happened. I have waited years for this.
I finally believe!
There is a lot going on in my heart tonight as I try to make sense of it all. I have more questions than I do answers, but I am sure of one thing...I want to give my life for this!!
Paul says something that makes my heart leap in Romans 15:20-21. Look at this:
It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. Rather, as it is written: “Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.
Do you realize that YOU could be a part of this? YOU reading this right now can help engage and reach one of these groups. There are a number of ways ranging from a prayer to packing it all up and moving here. Yes, you! Wanna give your life to something that changes earth and eternity?