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God is Moving amongst the Unreached. But could he do more?

 

God is moving amongst the Unreached. But could he do more?


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!

 

Peoples of Central Asia with No Bible

Dear Ethne Friends:

As we pray together this month for least-reached peoples of Central Asia, did you know these 17 peoples here have no Bible in their language? And, of these, only 3 have the Jesus film available in their language. Please pray that God calls forth resources, projects and people to meet these needs. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”

People
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Country http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/dsc.gifPopulation 10/40 Wndw Primary Religion % Evangl % Chr Adhernt Least Reached Progress Scale Priority Rank Church Status Bible Status Jesus Film
Pashtun, Southern, A Afghanistan 12,047,000 Y Islam 0.02% 0.02% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 90 1 None
Hazara Afghanistan 3,633,000 Y Islam 0.03% 0.03% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 84 2 None Y
Uzbek, Southern Afghanistan 1,816,000 Y Islam 0.01% 0.01% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 84 1 None Y
Qashqai, Kashkai Iran 1,690,000 Y Islam 0.03% 0.03% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 81 0 None
Shahsavani Iran 146,000 Y Islam 1.00% 1.00% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 75 1 None
Talysh, Lenkoran Azerbaijan 85,000 Islam 0.00% 0.00% Y 1.1 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 77 0 None Y
Mandaean Iran 24,000 Y Other / Small 0.01% 5.00% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 75 2 None
Gujur Rajasthani Afghanistan 20,000 Y Islam 0.03% 0.03% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 78 0 None
Afshari Afghanistan 11,000 Y Islam 0.04% 0.04% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 75 1 None
Gypsy, Domari Afghanistan 8,200 Y Islam 0.01% 0.01% Y 1.1 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 79 0 None
Arab, Tajiki Afghanistan 5,900 Y Islam 0.20% 0.20% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 75 0 None
Budug Azerbaijan 5,500 Islam 0.03% 0.09% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 70 0 None
Arab, Tajiki Uzbekistan 4,000 Islam 0.01% 2.00% Y 1.1 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 76 0 None
Deaf Azerbaijan Unknown Islam 0.10% 4.64% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 70 None
Deaf Pakistan Unknown Y Islam 0.40% 2.31% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 78 None
Deaf Tajikistan Unknown Y Islam 0.10% 1.38% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 74 None
Deaf Uzbekistan Unknown Islam 0.30% 1.28% Y 1.2 http://www.joshuaproject.net/images/scale1.jpg 78 None
Totals: 17 Peoples-by-Ctry 19,495,000 12 17 3

And an opportunity exists for a country director  for a ministry focused on the nation of Afghanistan. Are you the one who could meet that need? Pray God raises up just the one to fill that opening quickly!

Psalms 67:4 says, “May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth.” As a follower of Christ, you know that the nations urgently need to hear of His justice, mercy and salvation. But as the father of modern missions, William Carey, pointed out over 200 years ago, most people don’t have a choice to choose Christ. For centuries their forefathers have offered them something other than God’s perfect ways. Isn’t it only right that they have the chance to be glad and sing for joy to the One who rules justly and guides the nations? Don’t they have the right to worship the only One worthy of our praise? Don’t we owe them that chance? May God’s rule soon extend to the unreached peoples![Global Prayer Digest, Nov. 17, 2008]

“In everything give thanks for this is God’s will concerning you in Christ Jesus!” Join with our brothers and sisters in America in offering Thanksgiving this season; may God find your hearts overflowing with gratitude to the One to whom we owe everything!

Thanks for continuing to pray!

Ethne Prayer Items for June

FROM WYCLIFFE PRAYER COORDINATOR:

Least-reached People Groups of South Pacific/Southeast Asia Region—Focus of Ethne HeLPS initiative for June

Whole Bible dedication: Solomon Islands. Praise God for the publication of the whole Bible in the Solomons Pijin language. The Pijin Bible will be dedicated on July 6 as part of the nation’s 30th independence celebration. The Bibles are scheduled to arrive by ship just days before the celebration.  Pray that the ship will arrive on time; that there will be no difficulty getting the Bibles cleared through customs and off the wharf; that God would be glorified during the dedication service and that many people will purchase Bibles and read them. Pray also for God’s spiritual protection and covering over this event.

College students assist in Bible dedication: Solomon Islands. Pray for the Discovery Team* of 9 college students and their leaders, Dan and Brenda Boerger arriving on June 17. The team will assist in the Pijin Bible dedication on July 6 as well as the dedication of the New Testament, Ruth and Psalms in the Natqgu language on July 20. The students will be leading SALT** courses following each of the dedications as well as helping with the distribution of the Natqgu Scriptures. Pray for team unity, spiritual protection, health and safety and a fruitful time of ministry.
*People who go on a 6-8 week trip overseas and connect directly with long-term staff and translation work in progress in order to see a more accurate picture of what missions is really like.
**SALT stands for ‘Scripture Use and Leadership Training’ and is a two-week Scripture application course that encourages church leaders to use their vernacular Scriptures effectively.

Angaatiha Old Testament work gaining momentum: Papua New Guinea. Praise the Lord for 12 new translators, young men and women, who have joined the Angaatiha translation team. They will participate in the continuation of the translation of the Book of Genesis. Pray for Ainde Wainzo and James Namaranso, experienced translators, as they mentor and train these young people in this work. To see real spiritual hunger in this group is great cause for praise.

Unreached people, The Jeng: Laos. According to Asian Minorities Outreach*, approximately 7300 Jeng people live in six villages in southern Laos. There are no known Christians, no Scripture, no JESUS Film and no Christian radio. In the past the Jeng lived in the mountains inside Vietnam, but they migrated en masse to the plains of southern Laos in 1936. Their culture and worldview have been greatly influenced by the Lao since then, although they have firmly resisted Buddhism. Pray that God’s plan for the Jeng to receive His Word will take place soon. “Whom shall I send?” Isaiah 6:8

*Faces of the Unreached in Laos, Southeast Asian’s Forgotten Nation, A Collection of Prayer Profiles by Asian Minorities Outreach, 2005

Liz Adleta

On behalf of Ethne prayer strategy workgroup

Ethnê’s Unprecedented Year-long Prayer & Harvest Initiative

South East Asia hosted the recent Ethnê06 gathering of 350+ UPG-focused individuals, churches, and ministries to celebrate Great Commission progress among the least-reached peoples in the past 25 years, assess current opportunities and resources, and to accelerate movements to Christ among every least-reached people group.

An unprecedented year-long prayer initiative for one-fourth of the world was announced to begin immediately following the Global Day of Prayer, Pentecost Sunday, June 4. Beginning with Least-Reached Peoples of the South Pacific in June and moving east to west, Ethnê aims to link specific prayer with strategic harvest outreaches to the least-reached in each region of the world for the 90 days during and immediately following the month of global prayer for each region (see map at  http://www.ethne.net/HeLPS/Overview ).

Ethnê’s newest Volume 1 DVD with many resources and the video testimonies from each of the first six regions is now available through a wide network of distributors in every region and permission is given to duplicate and distribute freely. Ethnê’s CD label design is downloadable from the Ethnê website for your use as are all the other resources except the videos.

The US Center for World Mission’s Global Prayer Digest and Ethnê are partnering together to provide a year’s worth of daily prayers for the least-reached peoples on every during this Ethnê initiative and a new youth version (in addition to the regular version of GPD is available online beginning in May at http://www.global-prayer-digest.org . Subscriptions may be obtained in hard copy by mail, viewed or downloaded free online or by subscription to daily e-mail versions. Joshua Project (http://www.joshuaproject.net/ethne_ globalregion.php ) is teaming together with Ethnê and Global Prayer Digest to provide links to their detailed profiles of the least-reached peoples of the earth as well.

We are encouraging everyone to register their participation in the initiative at http://www.ethne.net/HeLPS/Registration . This insures that you will know when new resources are released. For further information email prayer(at)ethne(dot)net. As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with “@” and (dot) with “.”

To pray along with the the Ethnê Prayer Guides, visit PrayerGuard at http://members.prayerguard.net/index.php?link_ id=517ae19c0. A button is available to place on your website as an automatic link to help mobilize more prayer through your network.

Ethne’s Unprecedented Year-Long Prayer and Harvest Initiative Launched for Global UPGs

South East Asia recently hosted Ethnê, a gathering of 350+ UPG-focused individuals, churches, and ministries, to celebrate GreatCommission progress among the least-reached peoples in the past 25 years, assess current opportunities and resources, and to accelerate movements to Christ among every people group. Workgroups focused on holistic gospel movements, frontier crisis response, harvest-linked prayer strategies, LRP/UPG workers in a changing world, raising-up the next generation of mission leaders, and other topics. Leaders and attendees for these groups came from Indonesia, India, South Korea, Nigeria, Brazil, America, Singapore, Kazakhstan, North Africa, Thailand, Amsterdam, South Africa, China, and many other nations of the world. It was truly a diverse yet unified spirit of the body of Christ with the goal of peoples joining together to glorify God among all peoples.

At Ethnê, an unprecendented year-long prayer and harvest effort was launched to see strategic harvest outreaches to the least-reached in each region of the world (12 regions in all) for the 90 days during and immediately following the month of global prayer. United prayer will open doors and fuel effective outreach efforts throughout the earth. The US Center for World Mission’s Global Prayer Digest and Ethnê are partnering together to provide a year’s worth of daily prayers for the least-reached peoples on every continent from June 2006 through May 2007. Joshua Project is teaming together with Ethnê to identify the unreached (UPG) and least-reached peoples of the earth within twelve geographical regions – one for each month of the year.

The launch of this unprecedented year-long prayer initiative for one-fourth of the world is June 2006 which is strategically aligned with this year’s Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday, June 4.The GDOP is preceded by 10 days of prayer and fasting and followed by 90 days of local outreach. (More information & resources available at www.globaldayofprayer.com )

The following are some suggestions for getting your church, cell,network or group involved in the world’s largest harvest-prayer effort in history:

1. Provide Ethnê  brochure that gives an overview of the emphasis to each member. [Master brochure is available under Resources section at www.ethne.net and permission is given to publish and

distribute.]

2.  Video clips, audio clips, bulletin inserts, and prayer bookmarks on a monthly basis for each region’s least-reached peoples are available to download from the www.ethne.net website, as well as on the 2-disk Ethnê dvd set (available by request). These are in multiple languages with video subtitles (11 languages currently).

3.  Network with your church’s mission outreach and those you know who are working among UPGs throughout the world.  Let them know that a major prayer concentration is coming to their part of the world!  Get them to spread the word and also make requests for them to send stories about preparations and results from work that is coordinated with the prayer emphasis to prayer@ethne.net.

4. Place a high profile announcement or banner on your church’s home page, linking it further to a page just for recruiting involvement for this year’s GDOP and Ethnê’s Year of Prayer. Register your own commitment at prayer@ethne.net in order to receive notices of new or updated resources.

5. Provide links on your web page to the Global Prayer Digest so they can pray each day…or have them sign up for a daily email version at:http://www.global-prayer-digest.org/dailydata/getdaily. asp?which=today.

6. Send out prominently placed news with your regular church e-mailings, linking them back to your web page for more information.

7. Make announcements whenever possible.

8. PRAY in church services, small groups, families, youth groups, Sunday Schools, and individually. (Special versions of GPD available for youth and children online.)

Let Ethnê  know how you are going to be a part of this emphasis so we can help gain momentum as more and more people realize this is a truly global thing. You can also communicate and ask questions via email at prayer@ethne.net.

As the current worldwide stresses and strains of human and natural disasters may remind one of Habakkuk’s complaint in Hab. 1:2-4, might we pray for and reach out to the least-reached and unreached peoples of the world in expectation of the Lord’s answer:

“Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed.For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”

—Habbakuk 1:5

By Liz Adleta