MI 320 Lesson 11 audio PPT The Challenge of Missions

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The challenges facing missions with translation, evangelism, and discipleship throughout the world

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The Challenge of Missions:

The Challenge of Missions Dr. Robert Patton Missionary to Suriname, South America

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What is “the Task?” Nations = ethne = ethnic people groups Task: Make disciples of all ethnic people groups Last words are lasting words 3 Mt. 28: 19 ] Go ye therefore, and teach* all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost :

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[ 9 ] And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation ; Rev 5:9 What is “the Task?” Task: Make God’s Word available in every language 4

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“Finishing The Task” from two perspectives Every ethne - peoples Every tongue - languages 5

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“Make disciples of all nations” Who are the ethnic people groups? Which ones have few, if any, disciples?

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How many ethnic people groups are there? Total Peoples by Country: 16,600

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How many people groups are considered unreached? (Unreached = less than 2% Christ-followers) Current best estimate: 6,900

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Where are these unreached peoples? 10/40 Window

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Countries with the most unreached people groups Country Unreached People Groups India 2233 Pakistan 447 China 428 Bangladesh 372 Nepal 355

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Majority Religion Christian Islam Hindu Buddhist Non-religious

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A Changing World Urbanization Over 50% of world now urban By 2050 estimated 66%

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A Changing World Urbanization Christians are 44% of urban populations, while we are only 33% of world population. Globally 63% of Christians lived in cities in 2000.

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A Changing World Urbanization and the Unreached Multi-dimensional approaches necessary for the cities Currently a greater emphasis on people group homelands We need more emphasis on UPGs in non-homeland unreached cities & megacities

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Task: Provide the Scriptures in every language 14 Current best estimate: 6,950

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Bible Translation – 6,950 Languages Approximately 2,100 languages need Bible translation to begin.

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Bible Translation: Vision 2025 Would take until 2150 before all translation projects started. Vision 2025 Initiated Great improvement, but still take until 2038 before all translation projects started. Vision 2025 Accelerated Rate needed for next 15 years to accomplish Vision 2025 - Bible translation in progress in every needed language by the year 2025 Translation Projects started per year Bible Translation

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Glimpses of God’s work around the world Religion comparison Remarkable growth Unprecedented outreach Challenges Great Shift Receivers to senders

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Yes, Islam is growing faster than “Christianity.” Major Religions Annual Growth Rates 21 Data from Operation World 2010

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Evangelicals are growing faster than Islam and two times faster than Buddhism and Hinduism. Major Religions Annual Growth Rates Data from Operation World 2010

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50,000 1949 – Less than 1 million believers 2010 – More than 130 million believers Remarkable Growth

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Remarkable Growth Amidst an oppressive, anti-Christian regime

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Southern Africa - In 1900, Africa was 3% Christian. Today Africa is more than 50% Christian in some countries. 20,000 new African believers every day. Remarkable Growth Turkey - One-third of the new believers in Turkey say they came to Christ because He appeared to them in a dream or vision. Egypt - A huge cave on the outskirts of Cairo accommodates the largest gathering of disciples in the Middle East; 10,000 meet weekly for worship.

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Emergence of Messianic Jewish Movement More Jews have embraced Yeshua as Messiah since 1967 when the Jews took control of Jerusalem than in all the years between 100 AD and 1967. Romans 11:25–29 [ 25 ] For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. The fullness of the Gentiles brought in All Israel must be saved

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The Great Shift Year % Christians in Europe and North America % Christians in Latin America, Africa, Asia 1800 99% 1% 1900 90% 10% 1985 50% 50% 2010 31% 69% There are now more Christ-followers in China than in the United States.

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Emergence of the “Global South” (Latin America, Africa, Asia) The new faces of the Body of Christ In the past ten years for every 1 new believer in North America and Europe there have been nearly 30 new believers in developing countries like Nigeria, Brazil, India and China.

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U.S. Missionaries Trend From 1985 to 2008 long-term missionaries (4+ years) sent out by U.S. mission agencies has been flat to declining.

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Chinese: 50,000 10/40 Window Koreans: 30,000 Filipinos: 10,000 Nigerians: 15,000 Latin Americans: 21,000 India: 40,000 Estimated missionaries sent over the next 15-20 years. Rise of Asian, Africa and Latin American missionaries

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Chinese: 50,000 10/40 Window Koreans: 30,000 Filipinos: 10,000 Nigerians: 15,000 Latin Americans: 21,000 India: 40,000 Estimated missionaries sent over the next 15-20 years. Rise of Asian, Africa and Latin American missionaries

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Internet Online evangelism Social networking Availability of information Mobile phones

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More Christians were martyred in the 20th century than in the previous 19 centuries combined. Every 24 hours, 480 believers are martyred for their faith in Christ. Challenge of Persecution

Graham Staines:

Graham Staines

Dr. Paul Carlson:

Dr. Paul Carlson

North Korea – closed and most oppressive:

North Korea – closed and most oppressive

Eretia – no charges against them but imprisoned in containers:

Eretia – no charges against them but imprisoned in containers

Tortured by North Korean police; hiding handwritten scripture:

Tortured by North Korean police; hiding handwritten scripture

Beaten as a Christian:

Beaten as a Christian

Prayer outside destroyed church in Nigeria:

Prayer outside destroyed church in Nigeria

Church burned, 35 killed by Indonesian jihadists:

Church burned, 35 killed by Indonesian jihadists

Radical Muslim attacks on Indonesian Christians:

Radical Muslim attacks on Indonesian Christians

35 pastors 6 women jailed for praying holding Bible & Qur’an:

35 pastors 6 women jailed for praying holding Bible & Qur’an

Still Muslims are being saved and baptized:

Still Muslims are being saved and baptized

Challenge to Baptize:

Challenge to Baptize

Beaten, persisting in India:

Beaten, persisting in India

Beaten, shot in face for preaching the gospel:

Beaten, shot in face for preaching the gospel

Bangladesh- stabbed, tied in bicycle and thrown in pit :

Bangladesh- stabbed, tied in bicycle and thrown in pit

Beaten with steel cables, the price of accepting Christ - Iran:

Beaten with steel cables, the price of accepting Christ - Iran

Lorenzo murdered as a Christian just married; sign from traditional church:

Lorenzo murdered as a Christian just married; sign from traditional church

Killed for evangelizing by Muslims in Ethiopia:

Killed for evangelizing by Muslims in Ethiopia

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Challenge of Access About 5,900 out of 6,900 unreached people groups live in restricted access countries 86% of the world's Hindu, Muslims, and Buddhists have never met a Christ-follower

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What percentage of cross-cultural foreign missionaries minister among unreached people groups? One in 10 Challenge of Missionary Distribution

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Challenge of Mission Funding Question: For every $1 of Christian giving to all causes how much goes to financing pioneer church planting among unreached peoples? Answer: Less than a penny

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“Make disciples of all nations” Vision of Coca-Cola Company: “A can of Coke in the hand of every person on the planet.”

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How much more Jesus Christ?

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The World’s Christians

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Muslim dot layer map The World’s Muslims

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The World’s Buddhists

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The World’s Hindus

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Annual Growth Rate of World Religions

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Percent Unevangelized Per Country

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World Christianity – Continent by Continent

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3% CROSS-CULTURAL MISSIONARIES WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?

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The World’s Mission Force West Majority World 70%?

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World Population Foreign Missionaries

PROTESTANT MISSIONS IMPACT:

PROTESTANT MISSIONS IMPACT Percentage of Protestants in Asia, Africa, and Latin America Paul E. Pierson 77% in 2005 10% in 1900 1% in 1800

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Population Under 15 Years Old

New Sending Countries:

New Sending Countries More missionaries are being sent from non-Western churches than from Western churches. There are now about 4,000 Third World mission agencies. Ralph Winter & Bruce Koch, “Finishing the Task: The Unreached Peoples Challenge,” Perspectives , 3rd ed., p. 509) David B. Barrett & Todd M. Johnson, World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2200 , p. 71).

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1 Mongolia 222 2 Lebanon 295 3 Singapore 400 4 Niger 451 5 Nepal 458 6 Sri Lanka 479 7 Spain 512 8 Faeroe Is 533 9 Mali 608 10 Thailand 633 How many Christians to send 1 missionary?* *includes only Protestant, Anglican and Independent

What about the USA?:

What about the USA? Over 2000… Are we, the richest nation in many ways in the world – willing to pay the price?

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If current patterns continue, the unreached will still be 23-28% of the world’s population in 2025 Will We Change?

We need to rethink our priorities:

We need to rethink our priorities We need to seek ways to get into the 10/40 window and other unreached area, especially in the restricted areas We need to focus on multiplying disciples through teaching We must avoid dependency We will need to partner more with “majority world” countries

Partnership vs. Sponsoring:

Partnership vs. Sponsoring Partnership – resources flow both ways If resources flow in one direction – that is really sponsoring “Majority world” churches do want our presence as well as our resources, but not to westernize them

We need to rethink our priorities:

We need to rethink our priorities We need to focus more on the unreached even though the work is difficult and often dangerous We need to focus more on translation work – especially the numerous languages not translated with as many as 5,000,000 in the language group

Urbanization is important:

Urbanization is important Christians represent 33% of the world population, but over 40% of the urban population The world is becoming urbanized increasingly Thus we need strategies to reach the lost in the cities

The Resources are in the Harvest:

The Resources are in the Harvest Matthew 28:18-20 teaches us to disciple the lost nations, including baptizing them and teach them to obey We need to strip off our culture as much as possible and plant the gospel Dependency is the primary killer of people movements The goal is indigenous churches – as the primary instrument of God’s presence and work in a community

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