We see the Mission to make disciples of all nations established within the Bible. We also can see followers of Christ taking up this Mission as their own throughout history. But what does the Mission look like right now? Within the next few months, we will be exploring the Mission being fulfilled within present-day.
One missional non-profit organization specializes in unreached people groups, those that have yet to be reached by the Mission. This organization is called the Joshua Project. One of their main focuses over the last few years have been to create statistics and facts about the Mission for the education of the church. They have found that there are 17,433 people groups within the world. There are 1,264 people groups that are majority Christian and have over 100,000 people within each group, but 7,406 of these people groups have not yet been discipled.
The Joshua Project has also found that within 2020, 1050 church planting movements have been recorded and the New Testament has been translated into 2,264 out of the 7,359 languages within the world.
These statistics help us understand the progress of the Mission and we can rejoice at the knowledge of those that have become disciples. Yet, it should also encourage us to join the Mission here and now. The Great Commission has yet to be fulfilled, but you can partner with Jesus to see it accomplished!
In this resource by the Joshua Project, they break down 10 fundamentals related to the topic of people groups. Joshua Project states, "for evangelism purposes, a people group is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance."
Joshua Project has compiled data to demonstrate the significance of the number of unreached people groups around the world. The 10/40 Window is a large area representing parts of northern Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia in which there is a concentration of unreached people due to various barriers and factors.
This map alongside other resources showcases the urgent need for the Church to go to the unreached through various means to share the Gospel. Check out Joshua Project's full website below.
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