THANKFUL

  “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4
Rejoice! Be thankful! Give thanks! For God is immensely good and His love endures forever! So much to be thankful for this season. Most of all for allowing me to have eternal life through the gift of His son (Ephesians 2:8-9)
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What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

There are 6.7 billion people in the world. (Joshua Project)

2.3 billion are Christian (748 million are Evangelical Christian). (Joshua Project; Barrett and Johnson 2001, 20)

Of the 6.7 billion people in the world, 2.7 billion live among unreached people groups of the world and 1.6 billion are completely unevangelized. (Joshua Project; Barrett and Johnson 2001, 427)

People groups are what Bible scholars believe are referred to in many mission oriented verses, such as Matthew 28:19, 24:14, and Revelations 7:9. According to one database, there are 16,562 people groups in the world. Of these people groups, 9,715 have been reached with the Gospel message. 6,847 people groups are still unreached with the Gospel. To be unreached means less than 2% Evangelical Christian, the sizable proportion thought to be needed to reach their own people. (Joshua Project)

In AD 100 there were 12 unreached people groups for every congregation of believers. Now there is 1 unreached people group for every 1000 congregations. (Winter et al., 3)

90% of foreign missionaries work among already reached people groups. 10% work among unreached people groups. (Winter and Koch, 543)

Despite Christ’s command to evangelize, 67% of all humans from AD 30 to the present day have never even heard the name of Jesus Christ. (Baxter 2007, 12)

91% of all Christian outreach/evangelism does not target non-Christians, but targets other Christians. (Baxter 2007, 12)

Of foreign mission funding: 87% goes for work among those already Christian. 12% for work among already evangelized, but Non-Christian. 1% for work among the unevangelized and unreached people. (Baxter 2007, 12)

Christians make up 33% of the world’s population, but receive 53% of the world’s annual income and spend 98% of it on themselves. (Barrett and Johnson 2001, 656)

Only .1% of all Christian giving is directed toward mission efforts in the 38 most unevangelized countries in the world. (Barrett and Johnson 2001, 656)

American Christians spend 95% of offerings on home-based ministry, 4.5% on cross-cultural efforts in already reached people groups, and .5% to reach the unreached. (The Traveling Team)

There are 430,000 missionaries from all branches of Christendom. Only between 2 and 3% of these missionaries work among unreached peoples. (The Traveling Team)

40% of the church’s entire global foreign mission resources are being deployed to just 10 oversaturated countries. (World Evangelization Research Center)

OUT OF 648 MILLION EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS, 70% HAVE NEVER BEEN TOLD ABOUT THE 1.6 BILLION UNEVANGELIZED INDIVIDUALS IN THE WORLD. (World Evangelization Research Center)

The harvest is ready

I am always humbled and at the same time filled anew with passion and motivation when I spend a weekend with our candidates.

This last weekend we hosted a preparation and teaching retreat for our candidates who are preparing to go. It was an intense weekend filled with rich and thought provoking teaching. We are thankful to our guest who was with us and all that he was able to give to us through his insightful teaching.

My favorite comment of the weekend was when was of the candidates interpreted that the most important part of a scripture was to go where no one else has gone before….I can see this passion growing in their hearts. To reach the unreached. To bring light where there is still only darkness.

Please please keep them in your prayers! Because they are willing to sacrifice everything their battles are many and the people who support them are few.

God is greater than these battles and the call pushes us forward … for HIS glory and for the lost.

 

 

God has given us the grace to work with two wonderful teams. We are thankful for His hand of protection over the church during this time of transition and the new pastor leading.

God has been very gracious and faithful and things continue to go smoothly and we are so thankful for the amazing people we work with and for what God has in store for the Modugno church and for Italy.

Most of all we are prayerful that these amazing people will be a part of getting hundreds of people out of Modugno, where there is already a witness to the gospel, and into the rest of the world where there is still no light!

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