“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Romans 10:14
I want to share a quote with you. This was said by Ekapitaa, who lives in an unreached tribe (meaning they do not yet have any of the Gospel in their language) in Indonesia:
“We want to hear this Creator’s Talk [Gospel message]. We want it so much that we are waiting for the time that you, along with the Bible teachers, will bring it to us. When the time comes that you are ready to tell us of the Creator’s message just send us word and we will come. We will gather everybody from our area. We will all hike the trails all the way down to where you are and we will live in your area for as long as two moons [months]. We will do this all just so that we can hear the Creator’s message. If you would rather hike to our territory and tell us in our own houses, we will wait for you here. When you come we will provide everything you need, including food, so
that you can live among us. We will provide for you so that you can stay and we can finally hear this message and we even now wait for the day you can teach it to us.”
There are 6,500 language groups in the world. 2,500 of them do not yet have any of the Gospel in their language. Yes, you read that correctly. 2,500 people groups are completely unreached, and what that means is that even if they wanted to hear “The Creator’s Talk,” they can not. That is hard for us to imagine here in the United States, where on every street corner there is a church, and a Gideon’s Bible in every hotel room. But try for a moment to imagine how many people, just like Ekapitaa, would give everything they own to hear the good news of God’s Grace, and yet until somebody brings it to them in their own language, they continue to die and go to Hell.
As you may know, this August, Jim and I will begin training with New Tribes Mission (NTM). NTM helps local churches send missionaries to unreached people groups around the world so that every tribe, tongue, and
nation can hear the Gospel and will be able to praise Jesus Christ as Lord.
Read more about New Tribes Mission here.
Read about the first part of our training here.
Or ask Jim and I about it the next time you see us – we would love to
share with you more about NTM and about our passion for every tribe tongue and
nation to be reached in our generation!
“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where
Christ was not known.” Romans 15:20