Change nations by praying with us monthly about global events and pressing concerns for World MAP’s ministry – Emailed once a month
Editor’s Note: Over the years, we have written to you about the needs, challenges and victories in the Body of Christ worldwide,and enlisted your specific prayers. But in this month’s Prayer Corps, we are addressing the heart of the matter as it concerns God’s Kingdom purposes and strategy. Jesus the Messiah and Savior has come; and all the people of the world must be told of this marvelous hope!
I was recently in Peru, and was struck again by our Lord’s last command to us all before He physically left our planet.
In these profound words, Jesus is essentially turning over to us His eternal mission that He began: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mk 16:15)’ “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Mt 28:19).
Jesus’ words rang in my ears as I saw the jungle villages and the people who lived so primitively. Yet, in so many of these humble places there was a church and a pastor bringing forth the Word of life in the power of the Holy Spirit to His people.
This was a wonderful sight to witness as we traveled up and down the Ucayali River. But I was also aware that there are many peoples in Peru who have still never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
How could this possibly be true in this day of modern technology?!
Not Just Numbers!
In Peru, there are at least 9 (by some counts, 14) people groups that are still without a Gospel witness (according to the Joshua Project).
But in the rest of the world, of the 17,000+ distinguishable, identifiable people groups, at least 7,143 groups do not have any sustained, indigenous Christian churches or population that can continue to propagate the Gospel. This block represents 3.15 billion people!
Out of these 7,143 groups, at least 269 groups have absolutely no access to or exposure to the Gospel. This is 5.7 million souls that are still completely desperate, lost and hopeless.
In the words of Jesus, “This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations [Greek, panta ta ethne – ethnicities or people groups] and then the end will come” (Mt 24:14).
Jesus made it very clear that, before He will return, the Gospel must first be preached to all the nations/ethnos/people groups in the world.
So what then must we do?
It is always best to find out God’s heart and Word on any matter, and then, of course, do what He says to do!
So let us look at the Lord’s instructions: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Mt 9:37,38).
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