Sharing the Gospel ‘In Context’ is Important

Yesterday, our article with World Mission looked at how reaching unreached people groups with the Gospel and making disciples go hand-in-hand. A lot of missions groups today define unreached people groups based on language and ethnicity.

However, York Aspacher with Operation Mobilization, a member of the Alliance for the Unreached, says there is more to the Great Commission than ethnolinguistic categories.

Defining a community

“We recognize that there are different contexts and different opportunities to reach people with the Gospel,” Aspacher says.

“Essentially, we look at the things that separate people from access to the Gospel, and sometimes ethnicity and language can be great ways to define those barriers — but not always.”

OM’s vision is to foster and multiply vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least-reached. Sometimes this looks like mobilizing believers to live out the Gospel in their contexts. Other times, it looks like distributing Bibles and hosting community events. And sometimes it looks like refugee care or medical aid.

Within their various ministries, OM sees several defining factors in communities beyond ethnicity and language.

For example, sharing Jesus in contexts of career, family structure, gender, age, or common interests are just as effective; sometimes more so!

“When we speak of communities, those are obviously groups of people with common characteristics. But families, businesses, government and social work, arts and media, medicine and science, all those play a role in the communities that we all live in.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh