“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NKJV
Global Christianity is one of diversity and not of uniformity. The current phenomenon of missionary movements from the non-Western world is that the gospel is being spread by indigenous peoples. Cross-cultural missionaries are developing missions and sending out missionaries from all over the Southern parts of the globe; namely Africa, Brazil, Korea, India, China, the Philippines, and Latin America. Consequently, there has been a major shift in the Great Commission, whereas in the past the majority of missionaries were being sent from the Western part of the world to evangelize to the indigenous peoples but now we see the complete opposite; today the majority of missionaries are being sent from all over the Southern part of the world ministering the gospel to both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples alike. The global church is now learning about partnerships in every language and culture and establishing even more committed global partnerships due to the new excitement and increased expansion of cross-cultural missions and missionaries in the non-Western parts of the world.
“For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’” Acts 13:47 NKJV
There are 4,000 cultures out of the 13,000 that the gospel hasn’t been brought to as of yet. According to the Joshua Project, in the world today there are some 16,601 people groups and even though over 9,000 of them have a strong enough Christian presence to evangelize their own people, over 7,000 people groups still remain unreached. That is, with an evangelical population of less than 2%, the churches within these people groups lack the necessary critical mass to evangelize their own people. There are about 13,000 people groups in the world and Christianity has become a global movement in about 9,000 of them. However, there are still 4,000 cultures out of the 13,000 that have not yet heard the gospel. More missionaries have been sent out from non-Western churches due to the hundreds of mission agencies that have been formed during the last twenty years in non-Western countries which is a major contribution to the spreading of the gospel, sharing Jesus with the world, to the furtherance of the kingdom of God, and to the Great Commission.
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