If you have not already done so, read Read This First before going on. Fast facts
Unreached Buddhist peoples live in the following regions;
South East Asia (Cambodia, Thailand, Laos)
South Asia (Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka),
Mongolia and Japan. If you have time, look up these areas on a map.
The second largest unreached people group in the world are the Japanese, numbering over 120 million. Source; Joshua Project
Read verse 13
Take turns reading this verse aloud inserting the countries listed below. For instance, “Everyone in Cambodia who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” [Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Japan]
Read verses 14-15
These verses indicates a six step process in sharing the gospel among unreached peoples; being sent, going, telling, hearing, believing, calling.
What are the requirements to be sent on a short term mission trip to an unreached people in a Buddhist culture?
Which country, from the list above, would you pick if you were going on a short term mission trip to unreached Buddhist peoples?
What are the essential elements to tell others about Jesus?
How would you make sure they really heard (understood) what said to them?
When I first met Sochea I saw a unique young man who I wanted to walk alongside with. God was powerfully at work in his life.
How can we discover who God is powerfully at work in, among Buddhist peoples?
As we walked alongside of each other I saw his faith constantly being challenged but I could also seeing him growing.
What does it mean to walk alongside someone from an unreached people group?
I (Markus) have learned so much by sharing in his (Sochea’s) spiritual journey.
What does the teacher learn by making disciples?
God has put me in the medical center to walk alongside of them (the patients) as Markus and Mary did for me.
What principles about disciple making are on display here?
Choose from one of the recommended readings below. Decide as a group if you’re going to all read the same book or different books. Share and discuss key passage each week. Or discuss the passages below. They are lifted form the recommended reading list.
Various articles from mission agencies active in unreached Buddhist cultures.
She felt dizzy and weak, having been unable to keep food down for over a week. Would Donnie and Danielle fire her because she was too sick to return to her work as a housekeeper in their home? Nurul worried that she was dying. Out of the blue, Nurul received a phone call from a Christian woman who followed Jesus after He brought her out of a coma. She told Nurul that she would pray for Jesus to heal her and give her a dream of Himself.
Fearing for her family’s livelihood and her own life, Nurul lay on her bed and began to pray, “Isa al-Masih (Jesus the Messiah), if you are really King of the world, would You heal me like You healed my friend? I am so sick, and I can't take care of my family. Come heal me.” Then she slept.
A man in white shook her from her sleep, saying, “Nurul, get up now. Get up and eat. You are well.”
“What should I eat?” she asked him. “Eat whatever you want,” he continued. “You are well. Eat now.”
She asked her son who had been napping beside her if he had seen the man, but he had no idea what she was talking about.
Her stomach began to growl with hunger "like a pregnant woman." She ran to the street to buy food.
When her husband, Eko, came home, he said, "You look so beautiful! What happened?" She told him about her dream. He fell to his knees and wept, thanking Isa al-Masih for restoring her health.
After she told Donnie and Danielle her story, Donnie asked her, "Now what?”
"We believe.” She hesitated. “Actually, my husband has been reading about Isa al-Masih for the last month.”
Donnie and Danielle were surprised but delighted to hear her explanation. Eko had been helping them on occasion as a handyman in their home. One day a few months ago while working in their home office, he found several copies of Luke in his own language. While no one was looking, he stole a copy to read for himself. God’s Word and Jesus’s appearance to Nurul brought them to faith in Jesus. This true story passed along by workers in South East Asia.
What does the story says about the roles God and man play in making disciples among the unreached in Buddhist cultures?