Wednesday, August 01, 2007

World Mission Must Read

Todd Johnson - uber mission geek. You would probably love him too. From World Christian Trends, Update 2007, in the August 2007 issue of Lausanne World Pulse:
[some of you should put the rss feed into your reader too]
- We estimate that over the entire history of Christianity, seventy million Christians have been killed for their faith. Over half of these were in the twentieth century alone...
- There is already enough evangelism in the world today for every person to hear a one-hour presentation of the gospel every other day all year long.
- Ninety percent of all Christian evangelism is aimed at other Christians and does not reach non-Christians.
- Our analysis in the World Christian Database reveals that of the top one hundred most responsive people groups over one million in size, twenty-two are Tribal (nine percent of the total by population), thirty-one are Hindu (forty-eight percent), thirty-one are Muslim (twenty-five percent) and four are Buddhist (nine percent). The five most responsive of these are the Jinyu of China (Buddhist), the Khandeshi of India (Tribal), the Southern Pathan of Afghanistan (Muslim), the Magadhi Bihari of India (Hindu) and the Maitili of India (Hindu). What this means is that God himself is inviting the world’s peoples into his family. Christians must be more alert to his initiative.
- In 2007, we find ourselves in an unprecedented position for the whole Church to take the whole gospel to the whole world.

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