Sunday, October 03, 2010

What "Unreached" Really Means

This Sunday I talked about the passion of William Carey to reach "unreached" people groups, specifically the people of India. He not only became the father of modern day missions, but he also helped give us global view of evangelism.

In the 1700's the unreached people groups were called "heathen," but in the 1970's it was Ralph Winter, at the Lusanne conference, that first defined the term "unreached people groups."

Here's a summary: Unreached people are not those who have heard; unreached people are those who cannot hear. The difference is access to the gospel message not receiving the gospel. Unreached people groups are unreached for a reason. They are hard to get to, governments set up barriers, the culture is resistant, etc.

If you are interested in learning more, the Joshua Project details the scope and breadth of the need in our world.

Here is a link to what College Park is doing to reach unreached people.


Becky said...

I loved that clear definition of "unreached." I agree that it is a both/and issue. Yes, we need to love our neighbors, but we are also to go into all the world. Thanks for the great biographical sketch and inspiration! Becky Emerick

themcclellandfamily said...

The message on William Cary was great and very challenging! Thanks for taking the time to do that. And thanks for the link to the Joshua Project. My husband and I wanted to order the new Operation World, and may still do so, but this gives a great resource to challenge us to pray. It's what we can do right now and realize we need to step it up in this area in our family!


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