An unreached people group can be defined as “a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group” (The Joshua Project). Today there are approximately 3 billion people win the world that are classified as unreached (Joshua Project). As stated in our vision and mission we believe that it is the goal of the church to provide gospel access to these places.
3 billion is a daunting number, and if we really let that sink in, these are people who will possibly die without every hearing about the saving work of Jesus Christ. However the reality is we can make more progress than we realize.
But why? We believe that this is the church’s responsibility for 3 reasons.
1. The desire to follow Jesus more closely (Matthew 28:16-20) – We are commanded by God to go to all “peoples”. If there are places that do not have any access to the gospel then that means our mandate as believers has not been accomplished. It’s time we finished the job.
2. The desire for people to have the opportunity for true life (Matthew 20:34) – Do we have compassion for the lost like Jesus did? There are people with no guidance or the wrong guidance. The are wandering lost, and in need of a savior.
3. Proper functioning of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12) – The church is at its best when we are serving in the way God intended us to: united. We believe that even though you might not have a degree from a seminary you have gospel work that you are called to do.