Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… Ever wonder how many people throughout the world have committed themselves to Christ’s mission to evangelize the world? How many missionaries have been sent? What are today’s global resources for world evangelism?
I came across this information from the “World Christian Trends” work done by the William Carey Library and researchers David Barrett and Todd Johnson. I thought you might be interested:
Global Resources to complete the Great Commission
When it comes to resources to fulfill the Great Commission (evangelize and disciple) Christian resources do abound. This is a list produced from data collected in the early 2000s:
Impressive, but dig deeper
Pretty impressive eh? But the reality is that the vast bulk of these resources benefit mostly the “Christian World”. Even when it comes to foreign missions… 85% of personnel and money is devoted to “Christian” lands such as North America, Brazil, Kenya, etc.
The present annual cost of mission to Christian lands is $163 billion compared to $250 million to send approximately 10,200 foreign missionaries to frontier fields (countries where less than 1-2% of the population self-identify as evangelical Christian). We certainly need to continue supporting home missions or missions to “evangelized” fields. A strong home base is critical to completing the Great Commission, but we must remain vigilant and intentional about still giving a fair share to missions in those tougher un-evangelised fields. I imagine many of our church mission budgets may not represent this reality.
Fellowship International Missionaries
Currently, five amazing couples are looking for partners to enable them to go to those fields that are the least-evangelized (less than 1-2% evangelical).
I encourage you to learn more about:
Please consider praying and supporting these missionaries as they seek to reach those in the tough places. God bless you as you pray about this request.
Have a blessed week,