...Of All Nations

A particular passion of mine is to see a love for Christ spread among the unreached peoples of the World.  For those unfamiliar with the terms, the 1982 Lausanne Committee Chicago meeting defined a People Group as “For evangelization purposes, a people group is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance”, and an Unreached People Group is a People Group without a reported self-sustaining Gospel Movement (see joshuaproject.net for more info). 

About two years ago, our team was invited by local government to begin expanding our development work to a new island, in a province made up entirely of unreached people groups.  In our work we already had some contact with unreached peoples, but this was a particularly exciting invitation, since it is a region that is difficult to get to, and there are not many workers there.  In January 2020, we had the opportunity to take a trip to the region to see the progress on our new facility and to meet with government leaders in the area to discuss our vision and ideas for collaboration.  The leader of the district (one level below governor of the province) happens to be a member of the “T” people group - a small, unengaged unreached people group. We were fortunate enough to get a chance to meet with him to share our vision for the area and the values of our work. 

We shared that our work was founded upon principles of Righteousness and Justice, and upon a desire to see people grow closer to God, as well as have improved lives.  Towards the end of this meeting our team leader presented this government official with a copy of the Proverbs of Solomon as a gift.  He explained that his prayer was for the wisdom of Solomon to guide this official as he led his people, and that he would learn more about God through it. This official, quite stoic in demeanor up to this point, received this piece of scripture with joy and excitement on his face and expressed genuine thanks for the gift. The moment the book passed into his hands was captured by a photographer, and the photo appeared in the newspaper the following day. The headline touted the significance of the coming partnership for the economic development of the area.  But we saw that photo and knew it captured something of additional, eternal significance; the Father had opened a door for a people from "the ends of the earth" to hear Good News. 

 

--Richard