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The Hijacking of “Unreached”

Recently I’ve heard that the police are an unreached people group, that people with addictions are unreached, that the largest unreached people group are children under 18 years of age, etc., etc. I even heard a missions pastor say that the United States ranks 3rd among the nations in the number of unreached people living inside our borders. I hope you realize that statements like these are ridiculous. They are the result of either ignorance or deception. …continue reading…

Photo of taxis on the street in India

Living from Fullness rather than Emptiness

This morning I’m remembering something that happened to me a few years ago. We had been on a long trip, traveling as we so often do by the Indian rail system. Our train had been delayed, and we arrived into our own city very late at night. We finally reached there and got a taxi to go to our home. It must have been around midnight. We got into a taxi, bargained for a price, and headed home – the final leg of a long journey. A few minutes into the ride, the taxi driver stopped at a shuttered storefront, got out, and started banging on the front of it. “What in the world are you doing?” I asked. “I need petrol,” he said. It wasn’t even a proper petrol pump! They didn’t have any, so we crept along hoping to find a place to get petrol so we could go forward and make it home. We finally found a station that was open, got a liter or two of petrol, and made our way to our destination. …continue reading…

Simonet painting of Jesus teaching his disciples

Commands of Christ

One of the things cross-cultural workers often struggle with is deciding what are the most important things to teach to new believers/churches. One of our goals in the School of Frontier Missions (SOFM) is to help students strip away the things our culture has attached and discover what, at its simplest, someone must do to be a disciple of Jesus.

The best teaching resource I’ve found comes from George Patterson. …continue reading…

Graphic image of the 10/40 Window

Where are the Workers – Part 2

We’ve talked in the past about the skewed percentages of where Christians are working cross-culturally. I came across a stat today that reminded me of that, and it got me a bit fired up. In 2010, the nine nations that received the most international missionaries were home to only 3.4% of the world’s non-Christians. I had mentioned previously that on average there is one Christian worker for every 278,431 people living in unreached people groups. Using that ratio, we can estimate that in most nations in the 10/40 Window, there are roughly 4 missionaries for every 1 million non-Christians. …continue reading…

Photo of author Jen and her Indian friend

Woman on the Wall

There are some places and moments that start to fade away almost instantly, their memory becoming faint all too quickly. There are other places and moments that stick, as if they have found a home in the deepest parts of you, and they wouldn’t leave even if you tried forcing them out. India held both for me. As I have spent the last two months reflecting, I realize that India left me with more of the deep, weighty memories than it did fleeting, fading ones. This was a surprise to me, but I can confidently say that India and her people will be with me forever.

The woman in the picture at the top of this post is one of the women who can never be erased from my heart and will keep me conscious of my purpose and intent in all that I do. …continue reading…

Detail of Lorenzo Veneziano painting of Jesus calling Peter out of the boat

Get Out of the Boat

“And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ And He said, ‘Come!’ And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!'” (Matthew 14:25-30)

In order for the Great Commission to be fulfilled, we have to be willing to get out of our comfort zones and take risks. When we do that, our intimacy with Jesus will increase, which leads to greater victory! I believe we need to get out of the boat:
➢ The boat called casual.
➢ The boat called cautious.
➢ The boat called compliant.

Casual, cautious, and compliant people don’t change the world. …continue reading…

Photo of a man in a suit with his head buried in the sand

Where are the Workers – Part 1

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38

The other day I posted about how YWAM Jacksonville Beach focuses on sending people to bring the Gospel to the unreached people groups living in the 10/40 Window. One of the driving forces behind this vision is the lack of people currently working among unreached people groups. There are roughly 2.84 billion people (40% of the world population) living in unreached people groups. Below are a few stats related to the allocation of Christian missionaries (both Catholic and Protestant) that blow my mind.* …continue reading…

Photo of the Himalaya mountains

Perspective

To say that hiking through the Himalayas was a challenge for me would be one of the grossest understatements of my life. In fact, the sheer determination and focus it took to get me up and down those mountains was impressive, if I do say so myself. The sole motivating factor for me came in the form of faces – the faces of the people living in the villages scattered along the path we were traveling. The hike to the highest point on our route would take us was about 4 days in and many thousands of feet high. I realized that using myself as a point of reference for the fact that these people hike this path all the time was part of the reason I was often in disbelief, but really?! The isolation they live in is not only peace evoking, but a bit scary as well. What if something was to happen to one of the children, and they had to make the journey down in order to find aid that met the need? …continue reading…

Vintage photo of immigrants in America

Life in Little India

To say life has been busy lately is quite an understatement. I have been involved in teaching English to refugees, tutoring at the Homework Center of a neighborhood ministry, hosting people in our home who are on furlough from the mission field, accompanying visiting youth teams on outreach all around the city, visiting with Muslim ladies in their homes, and learning about the religions and cultures of our neighborhood.

After working with the young people on their homework, God gave Katrina and me favor with the girls, and we asked them to our house for a party. …continue reading…

Photo of a triage station in World War 1

Triage in World Missions

There are around 7,000 unreached people groups in the world today, like the:

➢ 2.8 million Sasaks of Indonesia
➢ 6.3 million Gadarias of India
➢ 27+ million Burmese of Myanmar
➢ 3 million Moors of Morocco
➢ 45 thousand Lolos of Southeastern China
➢ 8 million Somalis of Somalia

Nearly 3 billion people live in these 7,000 unreached people groups. So what’s it going to take to get the Good News of Jesus to all these wonderful people? …continue reading…

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