You might have noticed a new banner in my sidebar, a bright colourful symbol that you can click on. If you should click on it you would be taken to the Joshua Project page. I discovered this page by accident on Monday but what a happy accident.
9 After I heard about these who would be sealed, I looked and saw a huge crowd of people, which no one could even begin to count, representing every nation and tribe, people and language, standing before the Throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and waving palm branches.
What a picture – people from every nation, every tribe, every people group standing before the Throne and worshipping the Lamb. Maybe you think that’s not a huge thing but do you know that 2000 years after Jesus gave us this command:
19 Go out and make disciples in all the nations. Ceremonially wash them through baptism in the name of the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
there are still around 6,648 people groups unreached by the gospel – unreached by us? I went searching for a definition of unreached because that seemed like a huge number.
An unreached people group is “a people group within which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to evangelize this people group.”
In the middle 1990’s mission strategists sought to quantify this definition.They settled on the criteria for unreached as less than 2% true Christ-followers and less than 5% Professing Christian (this includes all forms of Christianity i.e. anyone that would call themselves a “Christian.”) Joshua Project
When I look at the map on their main page and I see that both the UK (my first home) and Canada (my current home) have a lot of unreached people groups it’s shocking to me.
So what can I do? I can support missionaries. I can support organisations that are developing resources to reach these groups. I can go. I can pray. Of those 4 things going is the one that requires more thought and a direct call from God. The first two shouldn’t require thought beyond how much and which ones? The last one – prayer is a no-brainer. Prayer is the blood flowing in the veins of the church. It is what connects us to each other (one body) and to the heart – God. I’ve said this before but prayer doesn’t require a special place, special time, special pose or special words. It requires love. I’m not decrying time, place, pose or words – they have their role and benefit but if I wait for them I won’t pray very much and I am told to pray constantly.
I signed up for their daily prayer letter, each day they will send me an unreached people group to pray for. That’s me – maybe you would prefer one group for the whole year or a week or a month or more – that’s between you and your heart but the one thing none of us can choose is not to pray.
Jesus commission to us is not a choice – not if we want to be obedient. We aren’t all called to leave our countries and go. We are all called to be witnesses where we are and we are all called to pray.