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In 1984 someone handed me a Global Prayer Digest. I was shocked to discover that only 2% of the world’s missionaries were working among unreached people groups. I’ve never been able to get this out of my mind. About that same time I began to write a daily devotional for field missionaries. It was a collection of my personal thoughts expressing my passion as well as my frustration with the state of Christ’s great commission. Years soon passed as I kept searching for more evidence to confirm that little fact. I hoped to find it all false as if waking up from a bad dream. Could the church be so far behind and so blind to her true purpose?
More than thirty years have passed and I keep finding confirmation that not enough missionaries are going to unreached peoples. The purpose and passion of Christ for the unreached peoples is the reason for this writing. I hope that this book gives you a greater vision and brokenness for the lost who live in the most inaccessible places and unreached peoples of the world. Read More about this book.
Excerpt from Missions to Remote Unreached People Groups
Matthew 21:28-31 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ 29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. 30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. (NIV)
When comes down to it, missionaries do the work the rest don’t want to do. There is a job to be done and someone has to do it. Missionaries do that job even if they don’t want to. It is called missionary work for a reason. If you look up the words in the dictionary for fun and work they are on two different pages and have two different definitions. Many times I have thought to myself, “I am not going to do that” or “I will never do that again.” But somehow I keep doing it. Somehow I keep going. I love Jesus for what he said in Matthew chapter twenty one because I am that first son. There is a job to be done and I know no one else is going to do it. I may not want to do it but I know that if I don’t it will not get done. This is a picture of today’s mission field; there is all this work to be done and someone has to do it. There are all these mission fields (remote unreached people groups) who still do not have even one missionary. Who is going to do it? Who is going to get the job done? There are not a lot of first sons out there. Where are the second sons? The modern mission movement keeps preaching erroneously that we are getting close to finishing the task and then after doing additional research, we find more unreached people groups and unclassified languages. ~ Chapter 5 – Missions to Remote Unreached Peoples is Work
Look for this new book coming in early 2015!
Research Among Remote Unreached People Groups:
Sub headings of Chapter 7 – Understanding Confusing Aspects of Unreached People Research
Various Definitions of People Group
New Testament Words Referring to Our Definitions of People Group
Terms Used for People Group in the Missionary Movement
Should We Focus on Larger People Groups?
Should People Groups Have the Chance to Hear Twice?
But There Are So Many UPG Movements and People Lists, What Do We Do?
In-depth Overview of the Different People Lists
How Many Unreached People Groups Are There?
How Many People Groups Are There In The World? – The Long Answer
Varying People Group Numbers Across Multiple Christian Data Sources
Our Attempt to Make Use of the Disparate People Group Lists
Why Focus on Small Individual Unreached People Groups When There Are So Many?
What Is Needed In Your Missionary Sending/Going List
How to Avoid Duplication of Missionary Sending Across Unreached People Movements
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