8. Unreached Peoples

In Your Bible Read This

Jonah. (The whole short book)

Here Is Your Memory Verse

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations (ethnos), and then the end will come. Matthew 24.14

Afterwards Talk About This

Where do you live? In which of the three worlds A, B or C? Why do you think that? Think of some other nations in your continent. Which world they are in?

Something To Do Before Next Time

Get a large piece of card, the inside of a box will do. Draw an outline of the world, then add the 10/40 window and write the nations in there. Hang the card where you can see it and tick the nations after you have prayed for their peoples.

Written Diploma Work

From an atlas write a list of as many nations as you can find in the 10/40 window. Next to their names put down their predominant religion and politics.

Meditate Word By Word On This Verse

Isaiah 54, 2-5

Spend a Minute to Change the World

Pray For The Ethnos – Operation World page 26-28. Nearly 1,000,000,000 people mainly Chinese or Muslim who have never heard the gospel once.

Be sure to teach this lesson to others. Always pray and prepare well adding your own verses and stories to bring it to life.

Matthew 28.19 says we are to go and make disciples of all nations or 'ethnos', meaning groups of people who are bound together by common history, language and culture. According to Acts 1.8 we have three fields to go and work in.

Jerusalem, meaning our home where people are like us, speak our language and where we know our way around.

Judea and Samaria are nearby, where the people are similar to us, but the culture and dialect is a bit different and there could be a bit of prejudice around.

The Ends of the Earth where people are very different in their culture, climate, lifestyle, religion and language.

The idea is that we work in all 3 areas at the same time. Obviously we can do more in our 'Jerusalem' because there we are strong in manpower, materials and money. We can do less in our Judea and Samaria and at the ends of the earth we may find ourselves quite limited.

Some think that we should Christianise our Jerusalem before moving out. If that were so, the church would still only be in Jerusalem city because even today that is still one of the most gospel resistant cities on earth.

Let's Take A New Look At Our World

We are going to divide the world into 3:

World A – has an Abundance of unreached peoples!

World B – where people live Beside Christians who are salt and light.

World C – the Christian world, filled with gospel witness, resources and workers.

World A Is The Unevangelised World

Typically 0 – 0.05% Christian, about 66% of the world, 3000 million people, in the 55 least evangelised nations, countries like Afghanistan, Syria. the Maldives, Western Sahara, North Korea, Djibouti, Uzbekistan.

The 10/40 Window

People sometimes call World A, 'the 10/40 window,' because geographically it extends from 10o north to 40o north of the equator, and from West Africa to Japan. You can see this on the map at the top. Inside the window are most of the world's lost and poorest peoples.

The Silk Road

The 10/40 window happens to hold the ancient Silk Road which even in 1000 BC linked Europe and the Far East. Along it all the Bible events took place, the oldest civilisations arose, and the great religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity travelled along it with the traders. The last one was a forceful Islam which explains why this area today is now very resistant to the gospel. Most of the world's poor also live along the Silk Road which is no coincidence. Many believe that the Silk Road will also be the way that many new Chinese missionaries will travel to bring the gospel back to Galilee.

How Do You Reach World 'A'?

Although far from western churches, God has placed many new developing world churches very close to these unreached peoples. For a westerner, mission to unreached peoples demands years of training, language school and adaptation. But for an Indian, Chinese or African believer these last remaining unreached peoples are near-neighbours and may even share a similar culture or language.

One of the best things that a western church can do is to help a developing world church and the best thing a developing world church can do is to have a mission vision, a partnership with a western church or mission, and to send it's own people as missionaries.

World B Is The Evangelised But Not Yet Christianised World

That is about 41% of the world where Christian witness has been well established for many years. In countries like India, Cuba, Myanmar, Syria, Indonesia, Chad, Nigeria, unsaved people live close to Christian believers and they can be reached by church evangelism.

World C Is Our Christian World

We live in about 33% of the world and our nations own of most of its wealth. World C is countries like Britain, Guatemala, Brazil, Australia, Kenya, Norway, USA and Canada. The problem is that Christians in World C do not take seriously their responsibility for reaching the peoples of even World B let alone the unreached peoples of World A.

Out Of Every Ten People Alive Today –

  1. Four are unreached people in world A
  2. Three live near Christians in world B
  3. Three more are Christians in world C

Who in World C is willing to pray, give or go to World B or to the 1,700 most unreached peoples of World A? All 1,700 have 10,000 or more people and there are many more 'ethnos' with a lesser population. A journey from World C to World A or even World B in prayer or in a plane is the only way to win the 'ethnos.' Is there a connection between the ethnos and the return of Jesus? See what your memory verse says.

Reaching The Unreached

The developing world churches often have the manpower and the willingness to go to the unreached peoples but they lack the training and especially the finances. Here are some ways for a developing world believer to be a missionary without having to raise a lot of money:

Many governments, like China or Libya sponsor foreigners to come and study in their universities.

Servants in the Middle East can be missionaries at the same time.

Businessmen can trade globally.

Refugees can carry the gospel far and wide. If it happens to you – go!

Acquire English or computer skills and the world opens. They recruit an expert, but receive a missionary.

To Close Pray For The World's Most Unreached Peoples By Name

Taken from the Joshua Project Unreached Peoples List these people have no church and as yet no cell, church or mission has committed themselves to prayer, adoption or church planting among this people.

China

People Name Language Population
Miao, Guiyang Northern Miao, Guiyang Northern 84,000
Miao, Guiyang Southern Miao, Guiyang Southern 28,000
Miao, Guiyang Southwestern Miao, Guiyang Southwestern 70,000
Miao, Huishui Central Miao, Huishui Central 40,000
Miao, Huishui Eastern Miao, Huishui Eastern 14,000
Miao, Huishui Northern Miao, Huishui Northern 70,000
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