An alliance of globally-focused ministries has designated May 15, 2016, as the International Day for the Unreached, a one-day event intended to inspire and mobilize Christians to reach out to more than two billion people around the world who have yet to hear the Gospel.
The event, announced during a press conference at Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, is sponsored by the Alliance for the Unreached, a group that includes Reach Beyond, Bibles For The World, Operation Mobilization, The Seed Company, and Missio Nexus.
“In America, it’s easy to get comfortable and complacent,” noted Reach Beyond President Wayne Pederson. “But we want to remind people that there are literally billions of people around the globe in desperate need of the Good News of Jesus, but have never heard His name or story. We’re called to bring it to them.”
To date, scores of Christian leaders have urged people to get involved, including Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, who made a direct appeal to all Christians: “With more than 2 billion people who haven’t had a chance to meet Jesus, it’s time for the Body of Christ to take a radical stand and say, ‘This has to end in our generation.’ Join me in committing to pray, give, go, and advocate for those who need to know Christ by participating in the International Day for the Unreached.”
According to the organizers, the Day for the Unreached will include a variety of efforts to raise awareness. Many major radio networks and stations around the country will promote the event for weeks leading up to May 15. Pastors around the country are urged to preach sermons on the topic, while small groups focus on Jesus’ command to go to the nations. Individuals will also be called to join a 30-day prayer movement, interceding for the salvation of the unreached.
Those interested in learning more about the unreached or to get involved can download a free Great Commission Action Guide from DayForTheUnreached.org. An abundance of other resources will soon be available at the site, including bulletin inserts, sermon outlines, promotional posters, web banners, videos, and radio spots.
Information is also available on the International Day for the Unreached Facebook page at facebook.com/dayfortheunreached.
Notably, the International Day for the Unreached falls on Pentecost Sunday, the day the Holy Spirit came upon the first followers of Jesus, empowering and charging them to share the Gospel with people from all over the world.
“Let’s not forget that the return of Christ is tied to every nation hearing the Good News,” said John L Pudaite, President of Bibles For The World. “We’re not saying we can usher in the Second Coming. But we can be a part of a last days move of God that is foretold in Scripture. And that’s both a privilege and a profound responsibility.”
Individuals, churches, and media outlets can learn about creative ways to participate in the International Day for the Unreached by visiting DayForTheUnreached.org.
By NRB Staff
Published: March 17, 2016