Listening, reading and watching the Cape Town 2010; the third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization has been very encouraging. Of course I was extremely jealous of not actual being there and I made a vow when the fourth when comes about I will try my absolute hardest to go!
I find it particularly encouraging to hear of what God is doing amongst unreached (or former unreached) people. It’s exciting stuff. I include some highlights and links to some of the stories here:
Tens of Thousands of Muslims Coming to Christ in Iran: More Muslims have come to Christ in Iran in the last 30 years than in 1,300 previous years. http://bit.ly/bkjmoM
Mullahs, Immans coming to Christ in West Africa: More than a thousand Muslim religious leaders are following Jesus in a West Africa nation, reported Brother Daniel. These leaders often become radical evangelists into Muslim communities! http://bit.ly/a4ruaA
Africa: the Church of the future. Most of Sub Saharan Africa is not really unreached anymore. That in itself is a testament to how God has moved there. Information was presented about Africa. Christianity grew 3000% in a century! Wow! Africa is now more of a missionary sending content than a receiving content. http://bit.ly/99p3PJ
Of course the Lausanne Congress simply cannot mention everything.
It is simply incredible that most researchers believe China and India are the fastest growing Churches in the world. Here are two nations where Christianity was virtually unknown for centuries and something crazy is happening there. China sees an estimated 3,000 people enter relationship with Christ everyday! In just one state in India there were 3,000 churches planted in 6 years!
The evidence is irrefutable. God is moving in the unreached, in some of the traditionally hardest places to reach, in places where nobody has ever called on his name!
My question is could He do more? I mean revival in India and China is fantastic, but there are still hundreds of millions in those countries who don’t know the gospel, maybe even don’t know the name of Jesus!
I am not really putting the blame on God. More realistically phrased the question is would God do more if we did more?
Wait! God doesn’t really need us does he? Well no. And yes. God doesn’t need us. But, without trying to get into a deep theological discussion, it seems that he chooses to move primarily through us. We see it again and again in the Bible. Did God really need Noah to build an Arc, couldn’t he of made one Himself? Did God really need Moses to do all of that stuff to get the Israelites out of Egypt? We could go on.
So it seems God chooses to work through us, and one of the areas he seems to do this in is world evangelization. He kind of handed it over to us with that great commission thing. It’s actually an awesome privilege in my opinion. We get to help God redeem every tongue, tribe and nation to himself!!
So the question remains would God move even more amongst the unreached if we would do more? If, we would send more than the smallest fraction of our money and people. If we, the body of Christ, would stand up and say let’s finish it.
I believe He would. But there is only one way to find out. Do it and see what happens!