Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and friends,
Steve here…these are exciting days in global missions. In 1980, there were 1800 known evangelical mission agencies sending 70,000 missionaries. Today, we know of 4000 evangelical mission agencies that are sending 250,000 missionaries (from the Global Network of Missionary Structures). The Korean church has plans to send 100,000 missionaries over the next 20 years. The Philippine and Chinese churches both have similar goals.
How many people groups still need to be reached?
The “Finishing the Task” network, launched in 2003, has focused on the unreached people groups with a population over 100,000 who have not been engaged with the Gospel.
In 2003, there were 639 groups in this category. In 2010, all but 96 of these groups had been engaged. The network is now working on plans to engage those groups which are a population of 50,000 or greater.
Could it be that we are getting close to accomplishing Matthew 24:14 (NLT):
“And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it, and then, finally, the end will come.”
Our own Fellowship International global ministry celebrates its 50thAnniversary (1963-2013) this year with a banquet ending our Fellowship National Conference (November 11-13, Richmond BC) celebrating the almost 300 Fellowship International missionaries sent out by our churches in these 50 years. We rejoice that thousands more have been sent by Fellowship churches with other mission agencies over those same 50 years.
Our Mission and Vision refreshed
Fellowship International recently retooled itself with a new Directional Document that clearly shares WHO we are, WHAT we do and HOW we do it. I encourage you to click hereto study this new Directional Document. It’s only two pages and shares the:
· MISSION: “Establishing churches cross-culturally”
· VISION: “Partnering for church multiplication”
· VALUES: “Developing personal and ministry vitality”
· STRATEGY: “Empowering others for God’s mission”
If you have any questions about this document, I would be happy to chat with you anytime.
God has been so good these past 50 years. This is your invitation to come to the 50th Anniversary Banquet for Fellowship International at our upcoming Fellowship National Conference in Richmond, BC (November 11-13). Hope to see you there.
Have a blessed week,