Please watch the video lesson.
Please read the following definition and article for further insight.
* An unreached people group refers to an ethnic group or ethnolinguistic nation:
without an indigenous, self-propagating Christian church movement.
without enough Christians to evangelize the rest of the nation (less than 2% evangelical believers).
We should be dumbfounded at how doable the remaining task of world missions is. Before I show this, let’s clarify some definitions.
Missions is not the same as evangelism.
Evangelism is sharing the gospel with any unbelievers, and that work will never be done till Jesus comes.
Missions, on the other hand, relates to people groups, not just people, and the number is finite and relatively stable
— like the “every people, tongue, tribe, and nation” of Revelation 5:9.
So missions is crossing a culture, learning a language, and planting the church through preaching the gospel among people groups that have no churches strong enough to evangelize their group.
According to the research arm of the Southern Baptist International Missions Board estimates 11,751 people groups, of which 7,044 are “unreached” (fewer than 2% evangelical). Does that number sound large to you? 7,044? These are the people groups yet to be pursued and penetrated with a missions effort. The number is, in fact, amazingly small compared to the resources available to us.
Consider these numbers from the January 2013 issue of The International Bulletin of Missionary Research (vol. 37, no. 1):
There are 44,000 Christian denominations in the world — 6.3 for every unreached people group.
There are 700 million evangelical Christians in the world — nearly 100,000 for every unreached people group.
There are 4.5 million Christian congregations in the world — 640 congregations for every unreached people group.
This is simply mindboggling. I am aware that most of these 7,044 unreached peoples are in places and under regimes that are hostile to Christian presence, so I am not saying it will be easy to reach them… It will be very costly. But if God would grant the passion and courage and wisdom, the remaining task is neither vague, nor enormous, nor unattainable. Would you join me in obeying Matthew 9:38 “Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest”? …and then be a radical, sacrificial goer, or a radical, sacrificial sender! Jesus has all authority to accomplish this. He promises to be with us to the end of the age as we mobilize for this. What a thrilling prospect! What a cause to live for! What a holy ambition!