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1 Unevangelized, Evangelized, & Christian Provinces
From Atlas of Global Christianity

2 Missionaries to Unreached

3 Non-Christians Who Know a Christian
From Atlas of Global Christianity

4 Responsiveness to Evangelism
From Atlas of Global Christianity

5 From State of the Gospel – 2010, Jason Mandryk

6 From State of the Gospel – 2010, Jason Mandryk

7 Percent Muslim Via MissionInfoBank and Operation World, 2010

8 Percent Christian Via MissionInfoBank and Operation World, 2010

9 Number of Christians Via MissionInfoBank and Operation World, 2010

10 Percent Evangelical Christian
Via MissionInfoBank and Operation World, 2010

11 Evangelical Growth Rate
Via MissionInfoBank and Operation World, 2010

12 David Barrett on Good Missions Stewardship
“Dollar for dollar and hour for hour, the harvest coming from the 10/40 Window nations outstrips that from the rest of the world 100 to 1,” Barrett says. “That is, if the same money and time spent to win one person to the Lord in the West were put to use in the 10/40 Window nations, the effort would yield a harvest of 100 souls added to the kingdom of God. It is 100 times more cost effective, therefore, to reach those in the 10/40 Window. But for a sizable number of ethnolinguistic groups, cost-effectiveness reaches 1000 times more than in Western countries.” World Christian Encyclopedia 12


14 10/40 Window 4.2 billion (60%) of the world’s 7 billion people
97% of the unreached nations Only 8% of missionaries Least evangelized megacities (population > 1 million) 1.6 billion Muslims, 1 billion Hindus, 950 million nonreligious, and 560 million Buddhists (via Joshua Project) More than 80% of the poorest of the poor 85% of the world’s poorest nations Spiritual darkness, evil strongholds Less than 0.5% of churches’ budgets goes to reach the 10/40 Window

15 Persecution

16 http://www. thetravelingteam

17 Islam Founder How many gods? Holy writings Beliefs Types Where
Muhammad, who was born in A.D. 570 at Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. How many gods? One, Allah Holy writings The Koran (Qu’ran) Beliefs The Five Pillars, or main duties, are: profession of faith; prayer 5 times a day; charitable giving; fasting during the month of Ramadan; and pilgrimage to Mecca at least once. Types Almost 90% of Muslims are Sunnis. Shiites are the second-largest group. The Shiites split from the Sunnis in 632 when Muhammad died. Where Islam is the main religion of the Middle East, Asia, and the north of Africa. It was founded in 622. Fearfully hope that good deeds outweigh bad

18 Hinduism Founder How many gods? Holy writings Beliefs Types Where
Hinduism has no founder. Possibly started around 2000 or 3000 BC How many gods? Many (all gods and goddesses are considered different forms of one Supreme Being.) Holy writings The most ancient are the four Vedas. Beliefs Reincarnation states that all living things are caught in a cycle of death and rebirth. Life is ruled by the laws of karma, in which rebirth depends on moral behavior Types No single belief system unites Hindus. A Hindu can believe in only one god, in many, or in none. Where Hinduism is practiced by more than 80% of India's population. Many cycles of reincarnation, seeking to end the cycle of rebirth and find union with God

19 Buddhism Founder How many gods? Holy writings Beliefs Types Where
Siddhartha Gautama, called the Buddha, in the 4th or 5th century B.C. in India. How many gods? None, but there are enlightened beings (Buddhas) Holy writings The most important are the Tripitaka, the Mahayana Sutras, Tantra, and Zen texts Beliefs The Four Noble Truths: (1) all beings suffer; (2) desire—for possessions, power, and so on—causes suffering; (3) desire can be overcome; and (4) the path that leads away from desire is the Eightfold Path (the Middle Way). Types Theravada (Way of the Elders) and Mahayana (Greater Vehicle) are the two main types. Where Buddhism is the main religion in many Asian countries. If a person releases their attachment to desire and the self, they can attain Nirvana, a blissful state with God

20 Hindu Gods VISHNU Preserver SHIVA Destroyer BRAHMA Creator

21 Hinduism is based on the concept of reincarnation (Spirits return to earth many times in different forms trying to become one with Brahman). The soul moves up or down a hierarchy depending on their behavior in life. A person moves closer to Brahman by obeying the law of karma. Karma is the sum of all your deeds, good and bad. Good deeds involve following your dharma, or duties dependent on your position, gender and occupation.

22 Hinduism From India No single founder Holy Books: Four Vedas
Brahman is the source of all divinity (holiness) Believe in reincarnation (soul is reborn many times based on Karma).

23 Buddhism Grew out of Hinduism

24 Buddhism is based on the Four Noble Truths.
3. The way to eliminate suffering is to eliminate desire 1. All life is suffering 2. Suffering is caused by desire for things that are illusions 4. Following the Eightfold path will help people to overcome desire Four Noble Truths 1. Life means suffering 2. The origin of suffering is attachment 3. The cessation of suffering is attainable 4. The path to the cessation of suffering

25 Teachings of the Buddha
The Noble Eightfold Path Right View Right Intention Right Speech Right Action Right Livelihood Right Effort Right Mindfulness Right Concentration


27 ISLAM The Muslim name for God is Allah
Muhammad was a camel driver from Saudi Arabia The Angel Gabriel gave Muhammad The Koran in the desert in the 7th Century. It is the Muslim holy book. He started his religion in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This is the holiest city in Islam.

28 Islamic Facts Based on the teachings of the prophet Muhammad (born in Mecca) Followers of Islam are known as Muslims Two main divisions in Islam: Sunni & Shi’a Muslims follow the Five Pillars Scriptures called the Quran or Koran The collection of Islamic laws is also known as the Sharia

29 Five Pillars of Islam Declaration of faith in one God, Allah
Five times daily prayer toward Mecca Giving alms / help for the poor Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan Pilgrimage to holy city of Mecca once during lifetime

30 Ekballo 3. I will prayerfully consider going: Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Matthew 9:38 30

31 Always Enough, Heidi Baker

32 Dependency Books The Indigenous Church, Mel Hodges, AoG
We Are Not the Hero: A Missionary's Guide to Sharing Christ, Not a Culture of Dependency, Jean Johnson, former AGWM missionary When Charity Destroys Dignity: Overcoming Unhealthy Dependency in the Christian Movement, Glenn Schwartz Roots & Remedies: Of the Dependency Syndrome in World Missions, Robert Reese When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself, Steve Corbett Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It), Robert Lupton

33 Avoiding Unhealthy Dependency
The road to dependency is paved with good intentions Unhealthy dependency results from doing for people what they could do or should do for themselves (If their dignity and initiative were respected, they could do things for themselves) We might assume that people are poor because they appear to us to be poor The assumption can drive the process If you make people think they are poor, they may begin to believe you Be careful not to assume that people have nothing to give back to God Avoid dependency from the beginning Day one affects day 100 From Glenn Schwartz

34 Avoiding Unhealthy Dependency
In New Testament, money never goes from mother church to mission field New Testament church planting did not depend upon money in the mother church Westerners often use money to solve problems, even when money might not be the best solution Goal – indigenous churches: 1) self-supporting, 2) self-governing, 3) self-propagating The challenge is to learn how to help the poor without causing long-term dependency Some people want to give money, but not themselves “If Christians in Africa gave just 2% of their income, they could pay all their expenses.” Dr. David Barrett From Glenn Schwartz

35 Avoiding Unhealthy Dependency
It is almost impossible for westerners to accept that our “compassion” might be at the root of the dependency problem Westerners get a good feeling from helping others – even if, in the long run, the consequences are harmful Short-term suggestions: Everyone should go as learners, not as teachers Never allow anyone on the team to be in charge on any part of the project Don’t give the impression that your wealth is the key to solving every problem in another culture What can Westerners do with their money? Radio broadcasting (in unevangelized region) Bible translation (since does not have a natural constituency) Support missionaries Be careful about helping where the church exists and should be standing on its own two feet From Glenn Schwartz

36 Avoiding Unhealthy Dependency
Foreign funding can be like a poison or pollutant Unhealthy dependency makes it nearly impossible for churches to send out their own missionaries A characteristic of the dependency syndrome is that outsiders often cannot see the inconsistency of their actions Do not do for others what they can and should do for themselves Be cautious about child sponsorship programs (where there are extended families) Be careful about providing scholarships for people to be trained outside of their cultural context Avoid building church buildings for people who can build them for themselves (one of the biggest areas of abuse) Let local builder directing building project From Glenn Schwartz

37 Avoiding Unhealthy Dependency
Missionaries should not seek or accept a position or responsibility that could be filled by a local person Missionaries should excuse themselves from business meetings whenever possible The mission must die before the church can be born Missionaries should avoid creating a personal agenda of things to be accomplished before leaving their assignment True ownership occurs when local churches are free to make decisions on their own Sometimes missionaries would do well to sit back and do nothing Many short-termers have no idea of the impact that giving money can have on those they try to help Short-termers often go where the gospel has been preached for decades (or more than a century) From Glenn Schwartz

38 Avoiding Unhealthy Dependency
Well-intentioned efforts help to destroy local initiative Those who are perpetuating dependency through their good intentions are most likely to get a good feeling from the contribution they are making Beware subsidizing Bible prices overseas Think sustainability! Is it right to continue to send missionaries and funds to places where the gospel has been preached for a long time while others have not had the opportunity to hear it for the first time? From Glenn Schwartz

39 UPG Quiz(zes)

40 Voluntary and Involuntary “Missionaries”
God’s people go, the lost come Operation WorldView, Leader Study Guide, p. 70

41 Voluntary and Involuntary “Missionaries”
Voluntary going Abraham, Moravians, William Carey, Hudson Taylor Missionaries Involuntary going Daniel (Babylon) Persecution Voluntary coming Vikings (and Goths) invading Europe International students Involuntary coming Slaves Refugees

42 Joshua Project Unreached People of the Day

43 Practical Involvement
Prayer Giving (strategically, avoiding dependency) Correspondence (with missionaries) Visiting Hospitality Short-term trip (consider class teachings) Long-term missionary Mission committee Mobilization (vision casting, training) Welcoming (international people) Vision for the Nations, Catching God’s Heart for the World! Participant’s Reader, p. 70

44 Apostolic Passion (Homework)
Those who have apostolic passion are planning to go, but willing to stay If you will not suffer and sacrifice for something, you are not passionate about it The greatest enemy of the ambition to see Jesus worshiped in the nations is lack of focus The Church has an apostolic calling, an apostolic mission. God has called us to the nations. We must focus, or we won’t obey. If you live without a vision of the glory of God filling the whole earth, you are in danger of serving your own dreams of greatness, as you wait to do “the next thing” God tells you Only those who long to broadcast His glory to the nations have the right to stay You even dare to believe you may be given the privilege of dying to spread His fame on the earth

45 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice
Habakkuk 2:1 – 2 1) Stillness Quiet yourself so you can hear, still the mind 2) Vision Fix your eyes on Jesus Look for vision as you pray Use the eyes of your heart 3) Spontaneity Tune to flow Recognize God’s voice as spontaneous thoughts (which light upon your mind) 4) Journaling Write down the flow of thoughts and pictures that come to you Peace From Mark Virkler

46 A Few Ways God Speaks His word Still small voice (Faint) impressions
Other people Prophecy Dreams Visions Creation Symbols, numbers, colors Audible voice Angels Many other ways

47 Calling / Destiny Do you know your spiritual gifts?
Are you using them? Do you know your calling? Do you know where your gifting intersects with your passion? What would you do if money was not an issue? What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Who are you serving? How does the Lord want to work with you and through you to change the world? We have access to the God of the Universe (inside of us)! He can do everything good (in the Bible, including the ministry Jesus did) through us!

48 Healing If it is God’s will for some to remain sick for His glory, where is this class of people in the scripture? Sickness is a curse (Dt 28:21, 22, 27, 28, 35, 59-61, Lev 26:16, 25) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Jn 10:10 The Lord may allow ‘enemies’ near us to teach us how to fight (Jdg 3:1, Ps 144;1) Shalom; sozo We can do all things through Christ; We have everything we need . . .; We will lay hands on the sick and they will recover; Jesus commanded us to heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead We have to learn how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to do what the Father is doing See (Verses & Notes)

49 Healing What Jesus did is available to us (John 14:12, 20:21b)
Healing in O.T., but new covenant is superior He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases. Mt 8:17 Jesus showed us (the will of) the Father How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. Ac 10:38 Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Lk 9:1-2 Instead of bringing scripture down to our level of experience, we need to bring our level of experience up to the level in God’s word. See (Verses & Notes)

50 Spiritual Keys Becoming like Jesus, living like Jesus, doing what Jesus did (John 14:12, 20:21b) Learning from those living like Jesus: Cross-pollination Life coach Bill Johnson Rick Joyner Bobby Conner Larry Randolph Kris Vallotton John Paul Jackson Graham Cooke Patricia King Randy Clark 50

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