by Dr. Dale Yerton
The Unfinished Task
“And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14) In 1,800 75% of the world had not heard the gospel, today less than 28% haven’t heard. Of over 7 billion people in the world, less than 2 billion haven’t heard. Where do they live? Most of them live in an area called the Ten-forty Window. This is an area between the northern ten to forty latitudes and stretching from Africa to Asia. • This area contains the ten least evangelized nations of the world. • It contains 85% of the world’s poorest of the poor. • It contains 43 of the top 50 nations which persecute Christians. • 77% of the least-reached people groups for the gospel live there. 1.3 Billion Muslims live here. 900 million Hindus live here. One-third of all groups of people unreached with the gospel live here. How can we reach them with the good news of Jesus Christ?
1. Strategic GivingShow me where you put your money, and I will show you the things you value. We understand that the gospel must be preached everywhere, but many places have heard the gospel continually. They have become what is called, “gospel hardened.” Why should we hear the good news repeatedly when so many have never heard it one time? Less than 10% of all missionary giving goes toward reaching those who live in the 10/40 window. Dollar for dollar the harvest from the 10/40 window is the greatest harvest of the unevangelized. We must make strategic giving a part of our missionary giving.
2. Strategic NetworkingWe must partner with ministries making a difference in the 10/40 nations. There are 2,100 unreached people groups which number from 10,000 to 100,000 people in each group. Of these groups, there are 1,600 neighboring groups that have been evangelizing which have similar cultures and languages. It only makes sense to network and helps mobilize these Christian neighbors to evangelize those who have never heard about Jesus. An example from Armenia, Iran, and Turkey. 100 years ago there was a terrible genocide in Armenia as Turkey used the Kurdish people to murder over one million Armenians and then seized control of their land. It was a terrible bloodbath. Today, Armenian Christians are being trained and sent into Turkey to evangelize the Kurdish people. Another Armenian ministry is training new Iranian believers and helping them plant churches throughout Iran. These are excellent examples of neighboring Christians who are helping train workers to evangelize nations that have governments and cultures which are resistant to the gospel. We must make strategic relationships to help fulfill the Great Commission.
3. Strategic MethodsTechnology has shrunk our world and continues to change the way we live and communicate. • Air travel has made it possible to quickly reach any part of the world. • The internet has given us a super-highway of information. • Satellite systems give us the ability to communicate with almost any part of the world. Smartphones have completely changed the way we communicate. We must start thinking about digital. There are ministries that devote themselves to making the Bible available in digital format in the language of the people. Which country broke all records for people requesting a digital Bible in their language? Saudi Arabia! The Bible was made available in Arabic to the Saudi people and for two months they broke all records requesting their copy of the Scriptures. We must be thinking of new ways to use technology to help fulfill the Great Commission. We live in the most exciting age because we are seeing the fulfillment of what Jesus commanded.
Why Should Anyone Hear the Gospel Twice, Until Everyone Has Heard It Once?
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