This week, while attending Perspectives, I met the founder of RIMI (Reaching Indians Ministries International). Rev Doctor Saji K Lukos spoke to our small class about strategic missions and the unreached peoples of India.

According to Operation World, Christianity has become the most global of religions and today, there is no country without a Christian witness. This is exciting and cause for rejoice.

Yet, there is still much work to be done. Understand that it is God’s work, but we who are called by His name are also called to go out into the world and make disciples of all nations (See Matt 28:18).

The Joshua Project estimates that there are a total of 16, 439 people groups. Of these people groups, 7.083 people groups have never heard the gospel or even met a Christian face to face (Joshua Project Oct, 2012). There are an estimated 2.9 billion people that are unreached. Most of these people live in the 10/40 window – the area between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north of the equator.

10/40 Window Map (from Joshua Project)

Considering that India has 1.2 billion people, it is not hard to guess that it has one of the largest populations of unreached peoples. Of the 2,605 people groups, 2, 338 are unreached (Joshua Project, October 2012). That is almost 90% of the peoples living India.

The numbers can be overwhelming and scary, especially considering that India can be a harsh place to go. It is severely impoverished, there is crime, and it isn’t exactly easy to get into India to do missionary work.

The first step would be to pray. The second step would be taking actions such as educating yourself about India and other countries where there are unreached people. Action must be taken. Not everyone can go, but many people can begin stepping up and giving their time and resources to help India.  RIMI will help you to partner with a child or a missionary to reach out to those who need to hear the Gospel message.

As William Carey, who was used to inspire many Christians into becoming missionaries around the world, said “expect great things, attempt great things” and I hope that you are motivated that there is still a lot left to do. God is not finished yet, and we need to listen to His call.

Are you called?

Resources:

The Joshua Project: http://joshuaproject.net/

Operation World: http://operationworld.org/

RIMI (Reaching India Ministries Internationa)l: http://www.rimi.org/

 

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