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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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Three Things: Praise, Prayer and Joy!

1) We praise God that the numbers of children under the age of 5 has been drastically reduced.  “A new UNICEF report shows …that the  number of children under the age of 5 dying globally fell from nearly 12 million in 1990 to an estimated 6.9 million in 2011.”

This is good news, but there is still much to be done. If you want to continue to impact this number, a good way is to get involved with Compassion’s Child Survival Program.http://www.compassion.com/help-babies.htm – For $20 a month, you help provide babies with nutrition and medical care and give mothers and fathers hope.

2) Pray for Russia. More specifically, pray for the Chukchi people who live in Chukotka, in the Far Eastern Federal District. A number of them have come to Christ through Inuit missionaries, as well as other Russian and American missionaries. Pray that the Chukchi who do believe in Christ would be strong in their faith and continue to reach out to friends and relatives in His name. http://www.operationworld.org/today2

3) Joy!  This weekend, I joined the church that I’ve been attending the last couple of years. It was so awesome to go up to the front and then be welcomed in by so many great people!

Can I ask you a small favor? Would you go to the Compassion website and pick a child to PRAY for? http://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/sponsorship.htm

It can be a child with your birthday,  your child’s birthday, or an anniversary date that is important to you. What about a child with special needs or who is an orphan? There are teenagers who have had several sponsors and children that have been waiting over 6 months to even get a sponsor.

Sometimes, it’s hard to choose. Today, I chose a child who has special needs. Other times, I choose a child who has a birthday that day.

Go to it – pray over this child.  God will hear your prayers spoken for the needs of a child or teenager living in poverty. James 5:16 says, “…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

http://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/sponsorship.htm

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My friend and her husband recently had the baby that they have been waiting for over the last few years. God’s timing is always right, but it is so beautiful to see a prayer come to fruition.

I’m elated for her. I actually did a little dance and told everyone that I knew – even if they didn’t care. Rejoice! Prayers do get answered.

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,

and your healing will quickly appear

then your righteousness will go before you

and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

Then you will call and the LORD will answer;

you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

…..

and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry

and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,

then your light will rise in the darkness

and your night will become like the noonday.

The LORD will guide you always;

he will satisfy your needs in sun-scorched land

(Isaiah 58:8-11, NIV)

I have been thinking on this verse. I believe that God is always interceding for us, His creation. He is willing. I know that there is probably a better way for me to say it, but I think about the way that when we pray and genuinely listen for His will, it will be easier when we do need to wait.

Part of the process of waiting is to continue serving God by serving others. It helps us to become less self-centered and selfish. Here, in Isaiah 58, there are multiple references to helping the needy. Be the hands and feet of God.  We don’t need to be the answer to our own prayer but to try to be the answer to the prayers of others – those who need food, clothing, and even comfort in a difficult time.

I don’t know that all of our desires are promised to us, but God does promise to meet all of our needs. Believe and hope. Hope does not disappoint.

God is the one who hears and answers prayer!

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