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World missions. An MCS presentation by Howard Culbertson. “Missions may be your thing. It’s just not mine.”. How many missions-related Bible verses can you think of?. What kind of priority is God putting on missions? 8,000 verses in the New Testament 32,000 verses in the whole Bible.

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World missions

An MCS presentation

by Howard Culbertson



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How many missions-related Bible verses can you think of?

  • What kind of priority is God putting on missions?

    • 8,000 verses in the New Testament

    • 32,000 verses in the whole Bible


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  • “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you” – Genesis 12

  • Twelve springs and seventy palm trees – Exodus 15

  • Memory verse from hell – Matthew 24:14

  • “You will be for me a kingdom of priests” – Exodus 19

  • “There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language” – Revelation 7



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5 Epochs of Redemptive History

Concept developed by Ralph Winter



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The 10/40 Window

  • 35% of global land mass

  • 65% of world population

  • 95% of those who have never heard the gospel

  • 90% of world’s poorest people


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Shuwa Arabs

  • 1.5 to 2 million Sunni Muslims living mainly in central Chad (Africa)

  • One missionary family working with them

  • Less than 10 known believers


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Baloch

  • 6 million

  • Iran and Pakistan (Balochistan)

  • About 100 scattered believers

  • 6 missionary couples working among them

  • No established Christian fellowship


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Bengali

  • Nearly 200,000,000 in Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal

  • One of largest Muslim people groups

  • The largest, least-evangelized people group in the world.


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Southern Shilha Berbers of Morocco

  • Population: 3 million

  • Muslim

  • One of largest unreached groups

  • No church meetings in native tongue

  • Only handful of missionaries speak their language


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Kazaks in China

  • 1.1 million

  • Nominally Muslim

  • Very few have ever heard the Gospel

  • Only a handful have come to Christ


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Tajakant Bedouins of Algeria

  • Remote

  • Resources lacking

    • No Scripture

    • No Christian recordings

  • No known believers


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Muslims of Bosnia

  • 1.3 Million Muslims

  • Victims of war, injustice, ethnic cleansing

    • 200,000 dead

    • 100,000 were children

  • Little or no hope

  • High unemployment


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The Lao of Laos

  • 3 million Buddhists and animists

  • Maybe 3% Christian

  • Over 1 million have never heard the gospel for the first time


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SNU connection: The Wolof

  • 3 million – Very influential in Senegal

  • Follow Muslim-African religions

  • Only 10 to 40 known believers worldwide

  • No known Wolof Christian fellowship anywhere in the world


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Isaiah 54:3 - A promise to claim

“For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your descendants will possess the peoples and will people the desolate cities.”(RSV)


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No valley is too isolated

...like the remote, unevangelized Kingdom of Mustang on Nepal’s northern border


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No island is too distant

...like the yet-unreached Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean


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No forest is too dense

. . . like the Congo jungles where the Pygmy people live


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No mountain is too inaccessible

. . . like the remote Tibetan plateau of central Asia


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No city is too fortified

. . . like Mecca where no Christian is allowed to set foot


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No desert is too hostile

...like the Saharan oases in Algeria where the Mzab Berber peoples live


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So, what are you going to do?

  • We must intentionally . . .

    • Pray – “Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart” – Bob Pierce of World Vision

    • Give – building dams or irrigation ditches?

    • Mobilize

    • Go

      • Short-term

      • Long-term


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