Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… God has been bringing many amazing people from our Fellowship churches to our Fellowship International ministry in recent months. We are journeying with some wonderful believers with a desire to serve cross-culturally in some difficult places in the world. I’m overjoyed by the prospect of seeing our churches send out many new missionaries in the next couple years.
However, some ask the question “Why send North Americans overseas?” There are many ways to answer that question. I will briefly address the statistical need.
In 2016, there are 247 mega people groups. Each mega people group has a population of more than one million people. In total, these groups represent 1.4 billion people in our world. These 247 mega people groups are considered “under-evangelized” — they are only 35.9% evangelized, with approximately 14 million professing Christians in all of these surveyed nations.
5 mega people groups
total population (within these people groups) is 26 million
only 4,780 known Christians among these people groups
8 mega people groups
total population (within these people groups) of over 35 million
only 17,280 known Christians among these people groups
23 mega people groups
total population (within these people groups) of about 224 million
only about 3.5 million known among these people groups Christians
18 mega people groups
total population (within these people groups) of about 72 million
only 181,880 known Christians among these people groups
14 mega people groups
total population (within these people groups)of about 41.5 million
only 17,600 known Christians among these people groups
7 mega people groups
total population (within these people groups)of about 30 million
only 9,630 known Christians among these people groups
16 mega people groups
total population (within these people groups)of about 178 million
only 3.7 million known Christians among these people groups
(Source: World Christian Database, Todd Johnson, 2014)
This gives you just a taste of the massive spiritual need in some of the tough places in the world. There is still a great need for Christian missions to be involved.
I’ve asked our Fellowship International Director, Dave Marttunen to briefly tell you about several of our newly appointed mid- and long-term Fellowship International missionaries. They will be serving in these tough places. Would you pray for them, especially as each builds their prayer and financial support team in the months ahead?
“The news is amazing, God-honouring and uplifting! Since January, we have appointed nine missionary units. Four are career and five are midterm for one year. They include as long-term missionaries: Randy and Rachel Burwell to North Central Asia (seeking some more support), Eric and Val Nielsen to Quebec (support raising), Bechara and Roula Karkafi to Arab ministries in Canada and Lebanon (support raising), Jamila and Nadeem Qazi to Pakistan (support raising). Those for one year include: Mark and Rachel Bright to Madagascar (supported), Allison Montgomery to Cambodia (supported), Cristina Barros to North Africa (supported), Jerid Klassen to Indonesia (support raising), and Anna Bowman to Indonesia (can use some support). There are many more in various stages of application with our mission. The Lord of the Harvest is blessing, please keep praying!”
Thank you for praying for these precious Fellowship people. May our commitment to be on mission continue in Canada and beyond.
Have a blessed week,