Posted by Gary on August 1, 2014
The International Board of Missions estimates that about 3,100 unreached people groups are presently unengaged — that is, no evangelical group yet is pursuing a strategy for planting the church among these peoples.
3,100 is a small number of remaining peoples to reach when compared to the scope of Jesus’s church. There are 305 million evangelicals in the world. That’s 98,000 evangelicals for every unengaged people group. If 1% of those 98,000 were newly called to frontier missions, 980 could be assigned to each of the unengaged peoples. There are 4.6 million Christian congregations in the world. That’s 1,483 congregations for every unengaged people. There are 44,000 Christian denominations in the world. That’s 14 whole denominations for every unengaged people. There are 4,900 foreign mission sending agencies in the world. That’s two whole sending agencies for every unengaged people. If just 10% of the attenders at Passion, Urbana, and the Cru Christmas conferences last year were called to these peoples, we could have three missionaries immediately for everyone of these remaining 3,100 peoples.
The remaining task of world missions is not a staggering task statistically. We can do this if we will. That is a big if. The human will is weak when it comes to doing the will of God. The world, the flesh, and the devil war against the human will to finish the Great Commission. All hell is arrayed against this mission. And therefore the church can find a thousand good things to do instead of doing this. (John Piper: The Heart of God in the Call to Proclaim: A Joyfully Serious Courage in the Cause of World Missions)