The cultures of many unreached Hindu peoples are saturated by evil, violence and misery. Do you think they are calling out? Explain.
Read verse 5
Is God doing amazing things in our day among these desperate circumstances? Read the following update by Joshua Project.
Algeria: There are now conservatively 10,000 converts to Christ among the Kabyle people of northern Algeria. An observer says, “The figure could well be four times that. Many tell us about dreams and visions they’ve had, confirming the truth about Jesus.” Thousands more Kabyle Christians have emigrated to Europe; and increasingly, Kabyle believers are active in evangelism in Europe and Algeria itself
Israel: In Israel, there are now over 15,000 Jewish followers of Jesus / Yeshua as the Messiah, and the number is growing. In the United States there are at least 350,000 Jewish followers of Jesus as the Messiah.
Iran: It is estimated that more Iranians have become followers of Christ in the last 35 years than the past 1400 years combined. It is estimated that thousands of Iranians are putting their faith in Jesus Christ each month. However the oppressive Iranian regime has caused many followers of Jesus to flee the country due to intense persecution.
China: China is now the Bible-printing capital of the world. Amity Press, owned by the communist government, has now printed more than 50 million Bibles in 75 languages from Slovak to Swahili to Braille, exporting them to more than 60 countries. Are the Bibles sold in China itself? Yes, anyone can buy a Bible—but only through one of the state-authorized Three-Self Patriotic Movement churches.
Nigeria: Just after the WWI, an Anglican diocese was established in Lagos in Nigeria. Ninety-one years later, it has become the largest active Protestant church body in the world. Much of the growth of the Anglican Church of Nigeria occurred during the last two decades. From 24 dioceses in 1988, the church has grown to 156 dioceses. Every Sunday, the Church of Nigeria gathers 20 million people in worship of Jesus Christ. Despite its largeness, Rt. Rev. Peter Akinola sees the Church of Nigeria growing to half the population of the country. Nigeria has over 150 million people.
Middle East: Muslims are coming to faith in Christ at an unprecedented pace despite intense persecution of those who leave Islam. Missions organizations say radio, television, and internet- based ministries have been the key. “Probably in the last 15 years,” says one agency, “more Muslims have come to faith in Christ than in the past 15 centuries of Islam.
India. “The last decade has seen a great escalation of disciple making and church planting,” reports Dr. Victor Choudhrie, leader of a church planting movement in India. The recent Indian census suggests 3 to 4% Christians in India. However Indian ministry leaders think the number is higher possibly as much as 6-7% Christian.
Bible Translation: We are now seeing the greatest acceleration of the pace of Bible translation ever witnessed by the Church. Currently Bible translation is active under way in over 2,250 languages. Vision 2025 is targeting 2025 to begin Bible translation in every language needing translation. At present over 1,800 languages still need Bible translation to begin.
Does this make you want to sit back and leave the work to those currently involved or does it make you want to join the amazing things God is doing in the last hour of the last days? How does the report about India shape your desire to partner with those brining the gospel to these people?
The short term commitment was appealing to me because I don’t know what I want to do with the rest of my life. I know there are all different roads I could be taking right now, but I want to give God this time. I want to be open to him using me and fully trust Him with my future. One of my biggest fears is that I’m going to get there and I’m going to love it. That I’m not going to want to come home. I love the relationships and life I have here.
What words in this statement spoke to you the loudest? Explain.
For one thing, she would no longer waste time on things that weren’t important in God’s eyes. When all the things she’d done in her life were finally judged by God, she wanted them to be found worthwhile. She wanted them to be seen as gold and silver, not hay and stubble. Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff (2011-04-03). Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Kindle Locations 318-320). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.
What roles does an intentional decision like this, play in helping bring the gospel to unreached Hindus?
Read Global Starting Point 11
Support Others or Go Yourself.
Each week you’ll be given the opportunity to learn about agencies that are engaged in bringing the gospel to unreached Hindu peoples. Explore these ministries to see if you should Support Others (by adding them to the Hindu part of your World Team) or begin the process of Going Yourself.