By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
Today, there are 1,600 unreached ethnic groups, the US Centre for World Mission estimates. About 300 new people groups are being engaged by missionary workers each year for the first time, according to David Taylor, a leader at the US Centre.
This means that by the year 2020 all remaining unreached groups will receive an introduction to the gospel, according to their projections.
Such a dramatic fulfillment of Bible prophecy (that the Gospel will be preached to all peoples before the end will come, given in Matt.24 & 28) has been the quest of evangelicalism.
Undertaking the daunting task of reaching 3,000 unreached groups, a task force at the US Centre eight years ago began co-ordinating conferences, efforts and prayers to launch missionaries into the remaining unreached parts of the world.
"Within our lifetimes, we are going to be able to say that for the first time since Jesus gave the Great Commission, we have finished the task of 'beginning' - getting missionaries to every nation, tribe, people and language," Taylor says.
"I can't help but think, it is our generation that will witness the 2,000-year anniversary of the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus,'" he says.
"Wouldn't it be an amazing Christmas gift if by that time we will be able to say, 'Here are the rewards of Your suffering: people from every nation, tribe, people and language, worshipping and representing Your Name form Jerusalem to the ends of the Earth,'" Taylor says. "We are closer than ever to that reality coming to pass
Indian Christians Attacked By Hindu Mob For Singing About Christmas
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India (MNN) — ‘Tis the season, but singing about Christ in the Advent Season got a pastor and 15 carolers beaten up in India last weekend.
A report from International Christian Concern was confirmed by the Voice of the Martyrs USA. VOM spokesman Todd Nettleton says, “Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence to see a church meeting attacked, to see people harassed and beaten up, and sometimes, even the police are called.”
The ICC report notes that around 30 Hindu radicals attacked the group in Hyderabad, accusing the Christians of trying to convert people. The report details an assault that left Pastor Bhim Nayak of Banjara Baptist Church and four other Christians severely injured.
Christians make up around 2% of India’s population, but they face increasing hostility from some of the more radical Hindu nationalists in India. Nettleton says, “With the election of Prime Minister Modi this year, and the rise to power of the radical Hindu RSS-backed government, there is an atmosphere where Christians can be persecuted and the persecutors really don’t worry about repercussions.”
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Geneva Push Promotes 'Gospel Coaching'
The purpose of Geneva Push's 'Gospel Coaching' one day event to be held at Holy Trinity, Doncaster on Friday 6 March 2015 is to equip you to strengthen effective leaders and teams in your local church through Gospel Coaching. During the training you will unpack the theology of Gospel Coaching, apply this to ministry issues, and review and practise core coaching skills (including listening, questioning, setting SMARTER goals, providing feedback and the GROW model).
For further details and registration contact Scott Sanders at: email@example.com