“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” —Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20
We believe that Jesus intended his followers to complete His Great Commission. Today, there remain thousands of groups of "unreached peoples”, and many of them are “unengaged”. Here is the current situation according to statistics on www.peoplegroups.org
Unreached People Group: A distinct ethnic group which does not have enough local followers of Jesus to make disciples among the whole group. Of the roughly 11,700 People Groups in our world (7.3 Billion people), about 7,000 are Unreached People Groups (4 Billion people).
Unengaged Unreached People Group: A distinct ethnic group which has no followers of Jesus and among whom no one is actively making disciples. There are approximately 3000 Unengaged Unreached People Groups in our world (220 Million people).
As the Church, the body of Christ, we are all called to obedience in reaching the unreached—some as senders, some as goers, and all of us as pray-ers. We all play a part.
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” —Romans 10:13-15
On the basis of the book of Acts, we believe that the local church must be primarily involved in sending and supporting cross-cultural workers. Our commitment at Grace is to send and support those in our church family whom the Lord has called out for the privilege of cross-cultural service. Our long-range goal is to continue sending mature believers to unreached peoples, equipped and part of effective teams, to meet physical and spiritual needs and make disciples.
Adequate training is necessary for the preparation of effective cross-cultural workers. Within Grace, we provide a Missions Training School called LAUNCH for those who believe they are to go and serve overseas. If you are interested in learning more about missions training, first check out the information on MULTIPLY, our disciple-making training. MULTIPLY is a prerequisite for LAUNCH. Then contact our Associate Pastor of Cross-Cultural Outreach.
In obedience to the Great Commission, our cross-cultural outreach is local as well. The Lord of the Harvest has brought the nations to us and has strategically placed us to share the gospel cross-culturally right here at home. An important part of our outreach is to international students, their families, and the many refugees and immigrants who settle here. We desire to build relationships with internationals and share the love of God in Christ. Some of the ways we do this are by offering free ESL (English as a Second Language) classes at our church facility, and helping internationals get settled and adjusted to the city and culture.
In these ways, we are helping unreached peoples find, know, and follow the Lord Jesus Christ, and multiply.