In a day when you can jump on a plane and get to most places in the world in under 48 hours (under pre-COVID travel conditions), or simply log on to the internet and talk with people on the other side of the planet, it’s difficult to believe that there are approximately 3.2 billion people in the world who are still categorized as unreached. If you’re unfamiliar with that term, here’s what we mean by unreached:
Unreached peoples and places are those among whom Christ is largely unknown and the church is relatively insufficient to make Christ known in its broader population without outside help.
To think of several billion people in that category is not easy to swallow, particularly given their spiritual standing before God. Scripture teaches that, apart from hearing and responding to the gospel, all people stand guilty and condemned before God (Romans 1:18–32; 3:9–20; 10:14–17), destined to face his eternal wrath (Mark 9:47–48; Revelation 14:11). In light of this sobering reality, you might think that churches would be directing a significant amount of their money and workers toward getting the gospel to those who are unreached. But, sadly, you would be wrong.
The Great Imbalance
Currently, the percentage of missionaries sent to unreached people groups is only about 3% (!), and the percentage of missions money directed toward reaching them is only about 1%! This is what we’ve referred to as “The Great Imbalance,” which you can hear more about in this recent conversation on the state of missions in the world. Even if unintentionally, the hardest to reach peoples and places in the world have been virtually ignored.
There are a number of reasons for this Great Imbalance, and some of the contributing factors are complex, but one thing should be clear: it needs to change. One of the ways that we at Radical want to address this Great Imbalance is by locking arms with churches in order to support indigenous believers who are making disciples and multiplying churches among the world’s hardest to reach people and places. This initiative is called Urgent, and we’d like to invite you to join with us in this great work.
Radical has identified and is currently coming alongside followers of Christ in twelve of the hardest to reach people and places in the world. And you can be a part of this mission.
Individuals and churches can partner with Radical by giving to Urgent and thus help support these faithful followers of Christ in their work. Another way to partner with us is by joining Urgent United—a group of individuals united in their purpose of regular, faithful giving toward this urgent mission—through a monthly recurring gift. By joining Urgent United, you can be a part of fueling biblical and effective efforts to make disciples among the 3.2 billion unreached people around the world. Because of the various barriers and complexities to reaching the unreached, many of us will never have the opportunity to go physically to these places. However, that does not mean we must remain unengaged. Urgent United is your way to be involved directly in supporting the work on the front lines.
Jesus commanded his church to make disciples of “all nations” (Matthew 28:19), and that includes the people groups that are hardest to reach. Whether due to persecution, poverty, geographical isolation, or some other factor, believers who are seeking to make disciples in these hard-to-reach places often receive little or no help from other Christians. We would consider it a privilege to partner with you as we support their difficult yet crucial work.