The International Mission Board has challenged us to embrace the unreached, unengaged people of the world. Unreached means that less than 2% of the population are known to be Christians. Unengaged means that no one is currently engaged in reaching this people group with the gospel. According to the Fast Facts page on the IMB web site, as of 11/30/2012, there were 3,133 unreached, unengaged people groups. We have over 40,000 Southern Baptist churches. Surely we can find enough SBC churches to adopt each of these unreached, unengaged people groups for prayer!
What can you do? First pray. Ask for God’s direction in adopting a people group. Second, attend the Embrace conference at Southern Seminary on Friday, February 8 to learn more. Here’s a bit of what you will experience:
– Learn what the barriers are that have prevented these peoples from being engaged.
– Learn about strategies and methods to overcome these barriers.
– Hear an amazing story of how God has used a church to engage a people group.
– Explore the unengaged, unreached people groups by attending breakout sessions giving overviews of the global peoples needing to be embraced.
At the Embrace Conference, Tom Elliff, president of IMB, will share his heart concerning taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth. I encourage you to come and bring someone with you for this all-day training as we prepare together to take the Gospel to every language, people, tribe and nation.
The conference fee is $20 and registration will close on February 1. I will be there along with several of our WMU staff. Learn more at: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1109331