Preparing for Persecution: Christians and the Unreached

Image courtesy of OM.

Over two billion people have never heard about Jesus. They are dying every day without the knowledge that God came to Earth to ransom their souls. That’s what missionaries to unreached people want to change.

In a time where travel is relatively easy and information travels across borders without physical couriers, it’s staggering to think that so many remain out of reach of the Gospel. Andrew Scott with Operation Mobilization (OM) says usually it is because those people are the hardest to reach.

Reaching the Unreached: A Dangerous Task

There may be geographical or linguistic barriers, but often the more pressing barrier is physical danger. According to the Alliance for the Unreached 90% of unreached people live in Gospel-resistant groups.

In the last year alone almost 3000 Christians were killed for their faith. The number is staggering. Yet God’s Word continues to spread.

Scott says, “This is the history of the church, that when we go in as Jesus followers there will come persecution. So I believe that we, as the people of God, need to be ready for that. I think it’s going to involve higher levels of risk. And that’s challenging in a risk averse world, certainly in the Western world. But it’s part of the reality in many of these places where people are putting their lives on the line and taking high risks to share the Gospel.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray that Christian lives would stand out among unreached people.
  • Ask God to raise up more Christian workers to go to unreached people groups.
  • Pray that Christians would not shy away from difficult places, but would fulfill Christ’s command to take the Gospel to all.