At last year’s Finishing the Task conference, a historical moment took place when the remainder of the unreached people groups were adopted by missions groups committed to seeing them recieve the Gospel within the next 2 years. Fast-forward to today, and the question ‘what next’ still hangs in the air?
Jon Fugler, the chief content officer of Trans World Radio (TWR) and a chairman for the Alliance for the Unreached, offers an answer. Hint: it hinges on the difference between adopted, reached, and engaged.
“We have a huge job ahead of us. When you think about the Great Commission, it goes beyond just engaging people with the Gospel. It goes beyond with reaching them with the Gospel. What we’re talking about [is] evangelism and discipleship. We’re just at the starting line, really, for many of those people groups,” Fugler explained.
This is why Alliance for the Unreached encourages the body of Christ to unite in prayer each year on Pentecost Sunday in what is known as the International Day for the Unreached. Learn more about the event here.
Reached vs. Engaged
Traditionally, a people group is considered reached when the evangelical Christian population reaches two percent. But reaching this mark does not immunize the people group from dropping below the two percent mark and becoming unreached again. What it does mean is that the Christians within the people group can begin reaching their own people for Christ.
Still, reached is not the same as engaged. Fugler notes that one of the main aspects of an engaged peopled group is whether there are full-time Christian workers within the people group. Other factors include Christian radio, access to the Jesus Film, churches, and the ratio of Christian workers to the people group’s overall population.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn