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Graphic showing unreached people groups as points on a world map

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…

Graphic image highlighting dense population in South and East Asia

Surprising Numbers

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, based at Gordon Conwell Seminary, published an excellent report in June 2013 regarding Christianity in its Global Context. Below are some statistics that may surprise you. (More details can be found online at Gordon Conwell’s website).

On the map above, 3.819 billion people live within the highlighted circle, and 3.227 billion live elsewhere.

Here are the twenty countries with the highest Average Annual Christian Growth Rate:

1 Nepal (Asia, South Central): 10.93%

2 China (Asia, Eastern): 10.86%

3 United Arab Emirates (Arabian Peninsula): 9.34%
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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


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…

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…

Photo of a group of people rowing a lifeboat

The Gospel of Self-Preservation

I recently attended a frontier missions consultation, where one of the things we were challenged in was to continue mobilizing people to the least reached, even though many of the remaining places are not considered “safe” by any stretch of the imagination. Within this was a call to search our hearts and see if we truly believe that seeing Jesus worshiped in all the ethne of the world is worth the price. This was an especially powerful word coming from a colleague whose husband was martyred in North Africa. These words were still resonating in my mind when I came across this quote: …continue reading…