“Only 24,000 missionaries out of the Global Evangelical Missionary-force of 253,000 are working within the estimated 8,000 unreached groups. That means that 9 times as many foreign missionaries work within reached people groups than those doing the more difficult work of establishing breakthroughs within unreached peoples.”
Or, to put it another way, 90% of all evangelical missionaries in the world today work with the 11.9% of the world’s population that are professing Christians, the 20.5% of the world’s population who are nominal Christians, and the 27.3% of the world’s population that are non-Christians within reached groups. Only 10% of the world’s evangelical missionaries work among the 40.3% of the world’s population who are non-Christian within unreached people groups. (Perspectives, A Reader, p.543)
In Matthew 24:14, the Lord Jesus Christ said –
“And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations (“people groups”) and then the end will come.”
If we say that we know Jesus as our Savior …
if we are serious about our faith in and commitment to Him as our Lord, and …
if we are going to be obedient to His will and command to carry the Gospel to all of the people groups of the world so that His Name might be known among them …
we must take a look at the numbers and percentages above, repent of our failure to obey Jesus’ command to disciple all nations (‘people groups”), deny ourselves, and commit ourselves afresh to His use for the fulfilling of the Great Commission, for His glory.
Then, and only then, will the end come.
Note: I posted this article a couple of days ago, but because of some formatting errors, I have re-written, editted, and re-posted it.