This article was brought to my attention by my friend Trevor Johnson who has been serving as a missionary to an URP group in Papua Indonesia** for many years. I am using a post he put on Facebook as my into here. – Mike
Prioritizing the least-reached:
There are many works we could be doing, and many of them are good and needed, but I assert that we can and should prioritize the least-reached. There is a frontier missions priority.
We should study towards this end. We should try to figure out who is “neediest” as a people-group and how to target them.
Some missionaries (like me right now) lack the health or visa or know-how to get to some of these neediest regions. We can all help out where we are. Nonetheless, I’d like to assert that we engage in a “missiological triage” and try to prioritize resources for those regions who know the least about the Gospel and need the most help.
This means that we will not pool resources in the US nor retain personnel/graduates from seminaries, but will try to send them to India, China, Indonesia, the Middle East, and other regions that do not enjoy the Gospel Resources that America receives.
This is not to disparage the call of US church-planters if that is your call. But American church-planting is not frontier missions. This also does not diminish the work of those in the West laboring among forgotten peoples who remain a foreign culture within America and remain largely neglected such as American Indians, Somali immigrants, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese communities, and refugees.
This is simply a plea for a missiological triage, a priority to try to reach the least-reached. Due to missionary sickness or health or poverty, many missionaries return home from these areas, or cannot ever even go. So if we do have potential personnel who can go to these areas, let’s not divert them back to the USA but send them to these needier regions with the gospel.
“HOW CHRISTIAN GIVING IS USED.
—–Pastoral ministries of local churches (mostly in Christian nations): $677 billion (96.8%) 
——-“Home Missions” in same Christian nations: $20.3 billion (2.9%) 
—–Going to Unevangelized Non-Christian world: $2.1 billion (.3%)  *This is different than “Unreached”
Money that goes toward Unreached Peoples: *Estimated $450 million 
—– *In 2001 only 1% of giving to “Missions” went to unreached – if that trend holds true today it would be $450 million. The estimated $450 million going toward UPG’s is only .001% of the $42 trillion Income of Christians. For every $100,000 that Christians make, they give $1 to the unreached.
—-Evangelical Christians could provide all of the funds needed to plant a church in each of the 6,900 unreached people groups with only 0.03% of their income.
—–The Church has roughly 3,000 times the financial resources and 9,000 times the manpower needed to finish the Great Commission.
—–If every evangelical gave 10% of their income to missions we could easily support 2 million new missionaries. – Trevor Johnson, Malaysia
** Please pray for Trevor and his family, they have been forced to leave the mission field in Papua due to Trevor’s deteriorating health. He has had Malaria 23 times and now has mercury poisoning the combination has caused liver, kidney and other functions to not work as they should. They are in Malaysia trying to recover. – Mike
MISSIONS STATS: THE CURRENT STATE OF THE WORLD
- 7.56 billion (August 2018 est.)
- Median age – total: 29.7 years
- Life expectancy – total population: 68 years
TOP TEN MOST POPULOUS COUNTRIES (IN MILLIONS)
- China: 1,355
- India: 1,236
- United States: 318
- Indonesia: 253
- Brazil: 202
- Pakistan: 196
- Nigeria: 177
- Bangladesh: 166
- Russia: 142
- Japan: 127
- Total People Groups: 16,591
UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
- Less than 2% Evangelical Christian.
- Total Unreached People Groups: 6,741
- Total Population of UPGs: 3.14 billion people
- Total Percentage of world: UPG’s make up 42.2% of world population
- Greater than 2% Evangelical Christian but still great numbers of unsaved.
- Total Unevangelized People Groups: 2,792
- Total Population: 764 million
- Total Percentage of world: the unevangelized make up 11% of world population
- Greater than 2% Evangelical Christian or majority Christian Population
- Total Reached People Groups: 7,058
- Total Population: 3.5 billion
- Total Percentage of world: the reached population makes up 42% of world population
People Groups Info