Lots of times children get the reputation for being the ones who frequently wail, “Are We There Yet?”, on long car drives. But I have to admit–I’m just as guilty of wanting to get to our destination as soon as possible. This is especially true on long flights overseas. There are only so many times I can look at the flight magazine or try to take a nap.
Southern Baptist missionaries have journeyed around the world to share the Gospel of Christ for more than 100 years. But even though thousands have lives have been changed for eternity, there is still a haunting question that remains. “Are We There Yet?”
For 6,426 people groups, the answer is “no.” That means there is less than 2 percent of that people group who profess Christ. There is no evidence of a church planting strategy. There is no missionary assigned to reach them.
I experienced this first hand last March when I visited a city in East Asia. More than 3 million people live in this city, but yet there is still no one assigned to reach them. Three million!! As my team investigated the city, we prayed God would show up in a mighty way. We met young people in parks and universities. We saw families praying in a Buddhist temple and making offerings to an unknown god. We were “there”, but we weren’t “there yet” in terms of seeing a harvest of souls.
God’s call to reach the nations will not be accomplished by the more than 5,000 International Mission Board personnel. Yes, they are a vital and significant part of reaching the lost. But God’s call to reach the nations extends to every believer and every congregation.
Next Monday our office will have the opportunity to share what God is doing around the world during our annual Missions and Ministries Celebration. If you would like to see how you can make a difference in changing our world, we invite you to attend. Visit our website at http://www.bgco.org/women for more information.
Let’s journey together to reach those who haven’t heard. Let’s be found faithful when we have reached our life’s final destination and pray for the day when we can all exclaim, “We’re there!”