“And thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation.” (Romans 15:20)
God is using this verse to lead this ministry towards a holy ambition. The apostle Paul’s ambition was to preach the gospel in places that did not already have the gospel. He dedicated his life to much travel, hardship, pain, effort, and much more to accomplish this goal. We want to join Paul in that journey. What a legacy it is to take the gospel to places where Christ has not already been named!
Have you ever thought about how much of the world would be considered in the category of “not where Christ has already been named?” The unreached population of the world makes up about 41% of the entire population. In a previous post, we discussed that unreached is not the same as unsaved. This 41% of our world actually has no access to the gospel without an outside source bringing it to them. Clearly, there is a need. Clearly, there is plenty of opportunity for us to join the journey that Paul gave his life for. To help us feel the weight of the need, I want to look at how we, as Christians, are currently doing at reaching the unreached. The numbers are staggering.
How are we doing?
Currently, only 1 out of every 1,800 Christians will serve as a missionary. Of that small amount of missionaries, only 3% of them will go to unreached areas of the world. 3%!!! Shockingly, 72% of missionaries go to areas that already have a strong Christian presence. This 72% is selflessly doing much needed gospel work, but ponder on that for a second. To summarize: only a very small amount of Christians will give their lives to the selfless call of trying to reach the nations as a missionary. A small, 3% of those Christian missionaries will go to areas that are currently unreached, with no chance of receiving the gospel. How do you feel about that?
The Christian population of the world is estimated to make around $42 Trillion every year. That is a lot of dough. Out of that $42 Trillion, a mere $700 Billion gets donated to all Christian causes (local churches, non-profits, missionaries, etc.). That is less than 2% of our income being given to all Christian causes. Of that $700 Billion, only $45 Billion is given to missionary work. Of that $45 Billion, only $450 Million is given directly to reaching unreached areas of the world. $450 Million out of our $42 Trillion!!! To summarize: less than 2%($700 Billion) of Christian income goes to all Christian causes. About 0.1%($45 Billion) of Christian income goes to missionaries. A sad, 0.001%($450 Million) of Christian income goes directly to reaching the unreached areas of the world. How do you feel about that?
What are we going to do?
Cleary, reaching the nations is not a top priority for the majority of Christians. According to the numbers, not many of us will go to the unreached areas of the world, nor will many of us donate to the cause of reaching the unreached. We have an overwhelming amount of resources and manpower being left unused. I would say, with complete confidence, that we make more than enough money and have more than enough people to reach all nations. We, with God’s help, are more than capable of fulfilling the Great Commission!
What if we decided to make an effort to create awareness for this issue? What if we decided to give our resources to this cause? What if we decided to physically go and make a difference? What if we decided to use our online platform to virtually reach areas that are hard to physically reach? I think we may see what Paul was aiming for actually come to fruition.
“But as it is written, ‘Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.’” (Romans 15:21)
People who have never been told about Jesus could see Him. Those who have never heard of Jesus could understand what He has done for them. This is what can happen if we decide to join Paul in his mission. Would you dare to join us and make it your ambition to preach the gospel where Christ has not already been named? People who couldn’t otherwise hear could hear! People who need someone to tell them about Jesus could understand what the gospel has done for their soul! How would you feel about that?