There are three parts to Global Starting Points. Part 1 focuses on God's heart for the nations, They consist of points 1-4. Part 2 focuses on Supporting Others. They consist of points 5-13. Part 3 focuses on going yourself. They consist of points 14-24.
1. The unceasing quest of God is the redemption of all peoples.
- God wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4 NLT
- God is relentlessly pursuing all people everywhere to restore them to himself, because he knows He is what they need most. He knows forgiveness is mankind’s greatest need, and worship is humanity's greatest joy.
2. The ultimate plan of God is worship by all peoples.
"God loves all the peoples of the world and is worthy to be praised by all the peoples of the world." — David Platt
3. The urgent challenge is unreached peoples.
- How can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? Romans 10:14
- Two billion people have never heard about Jesus Christ. Over 40% of humanity has no opportunity to encounter the gospel. They have no chance to hear it because they have no access to it. They are referred to as unreached because the gospel has not reached them yet. It is not present among them. Their culture is gospel-less, Church-less, bible-less because it's Christian-less. Over 80% of all Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists worldwide do not know a single Christian. Source: Joshua Project
- Unreached people groups lack enough followers of Christ and resources to evangelize their own people. There are over 6,000 of of these groups. The two largest number over 100 million. Most number in the tens of millions.
- Unreached and unevangelized peoples are different from one another. Unreached peoples are born, live and die without ever having access to, the chance to hear or opportunity to believe in the gospel. Unevangelized people live in a culture where the gospel is already present. No one may have shared the gospel with them yet. People living in the United States may be unevangelized, but they are not unreached. The Church, Scripture, Christians, the gospel are not present in the culture of the unreached. Watch Unreached Peoples.
- Within the unreached (someone may be trying to get to them) are the unengaged (no one is trying to reach them). They are the neediest of the needy. They number 70 million. As David Platt says, "The only thing worse than being lost, is being lost, and no one is looking for you."
- Unreached people groups exist in five categories. They are summarized by the word THUMB.
T = Tribal. Central and South America, Mexico, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Papua, Indonesia.
H = Hindu. India, Nepal.
U = Unreligious. China, North Korea, South East Asia.
M = Muslim. Africa, Asia (Central, East, South, Pacific), the Middle East.
B = Buddhist. Japan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia.
4. The unchanging strategy of God is for the reached to go to the unreached.
God has one mission—all nations, and one method —all believers
- Approximately 150,000 people die each day throughout the world. If 40% are unreached, then each day 60,000 people enter a Christless eternity, without ever having had the chance to hear the gospel. That amounts to 40 per minute, 2,400 per hour. Each month the total reaches 1.8 million. Every twenty-four hours a stadium full of souls depart this earth for an eternal existence apart from the Lord. That is intolerable! It is wholly unacceptable. It is the single greatest tragedy of our time. It is the biggest challenge facing the church.
Better to lose your life than waste it. — John Piper
May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. Psalm 67: 2
The goal of Global Disciple Making is to
become "SOGY" Support Others or Go Yourself.
Part 2 Information about Supporting Others
5. Support personally by becoming SOGY (Support Others or Go Yourself).
- Everyone should become SOGY. Support is essential. Think of an iceberg. For every ten people involved in sharing the gospel overseas, eight serve as stateside supporters. Only two serve as actual goers. Eighty percent of each given team stays behind as supporters. Without these supporters, overseas work would cease and the workers would be forced to leave the field. Supporting overseas workers is a vital role in helping spread the gospel to the unreached. Watch "Six Ways" video on Support. Read Serving as Senders, Gospel Patrons. Support practically by forming a World Team.
6. Support strategically by partnering with those working among the unreached.
So we ourselves should support them (the traveling teachers) so that we can be partners as they teach the truth. 3 John 8
7. Support wisely by knowing the difference between a strategy that empowers and one that enables.
- An empowering strategy includes an intentional hand-off in the ministry process. This gives being ministered to, ownership of the ministry. An enabling strategy does not include this vital step in the ministry process. Sadly, when nationals are not empowered to own the ministry, they become dependent upon outsiders for doing the work they themselves can and should do. This is unhealthy. It fosters complacency and breeds spiritual nominalism. An easy way to determine if a strategy is empowering is to discover if it's a disciple making ministry. Multiplication creates ownership. Read When Helping Hurts, Go But Go Wisely, Help Your Missionaries Thrive, Toxic Charity, (20 quotes from Toxic Charity).
8. Support partnering agencies that help workers.
- One effective way to support is to partner with an agency or non governmental organization (NGO) that works in partnership with overseas workers. Agencies such as Samaritan's Purse.
9. Support gradually by starting slowly.
- Determine your level of involvement. Begin by becoming an informational partner by requesting newsletters and updates. Then become a prayer partner. Then maybe become a financial partner. Overseas workers are dependent on generous, faithful financial support. Finally, you may wish to be a in person partner by either helping a worker when stateside or making a well planned overseas visit. You control the amount of involvement and level of partnership. You can always change the status of your partnership.
10. Support overseas US workers.
- Also called Westerners and Foreigners, US workers benefit from support while overseas as well as when they're stateside. Oversees support includes notes of encouragement, care packages, faithful prayer, generous monthly financial support and even a well planned personal visit. Stateside support includes transportation, housing needs, medical care and any specialized care. It always includes the need for friendship, fellowship and reentry help. US workers go through a tremendous adjustment when they return to the states. The pace of life in the US is much different than anywhere else. A few years away can feel like they have been away for much longer. Imagine going away for four years and coming back feeling like you've been gone for twenty!
11. Support national workers.
- Nationals are also called indigenous workers. They serve in their own homeland. They are especially strategic to support because they already have citizenship and are acclimated to the culture (language, diet, and climate).
- Watch the following videos to learn more (Bishnu, Ten Thousand churches, Taj).
- Agencies that support nationals include; Partners International, Gospel for Asia, Asia Harvest, Vision Nationals, and Adopt a Front Line Worker (Voice of the Martyrs), The Timothy Initiative.
12. Support mobilizers.
We talk of the second coming, half the world has not heard of the first. — Oswald J. Smith
13. Support Prayerfully.
- Pray knowingly. Revival Prayer, The Role of Prayer in Spiritual Awakening.
- Pray your "one thing" from Scripture for your World Team (see below).
- Pray with other believers all over the world on the same day for the same country through Operation Word.
- Pray with other believers all over the world on the same day for the same needs through "I commit to pray.
- Pray for the top 100 unreached people groups through Joshua Project.
- Pray via Prayercast. Shine, The World, His Praise Goes On, Ishmael.
- Pray with others. See the "Six Ways Prayer Video."
Part 3. Information about Going Yourself.
14. Go personally.
- While not everyone will go overseas full time, almost anyone can go on at least one short term mission trip. A well planned short term trip can be a life changing event. It can serve as a gateway for more overseas work or strengthen your heart for others with a desire for overseas work.
15. Go through The Go List
- Contact someone now about starting the journey. Nothing happens until you take this first step. Don't let the fear of the unknown paralyze you. Don't let anything keep you from embarking. You're never alone. Global disciple making is fulfilling, satisfying and strategic. You'll build lifelong partnerships, create lasting memories and develop an inspiring witness. Begin making disciples of all nations today!
16. Go wisely.
Salvation has come to us because it’s on its way to someone else. — Todd Ahrend
18. Go gradually.
- Start with a short term trip (lasting weeks) then progress to a mid-term trip (month) then long-term (years).
19. Go with help.
- Overwhelmed by the opportunities? Confused by the choices? Let others help guide you. Suggested sites include the following:
20. Go to partners.
- A well planned short term trip to members of your "World Team" can be a life changing of you and incredibly encouraging for those you visit.
"Later than night I held an atlas in my lap, ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered, "Where does it hurt?" It answered, "Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere." — Warsan Shire
22. Go educationally.
24. Go Internationally locally!
- Ministering to those who have just arrived to the United States is an incredibly effective but overlooked ministry. The United States receives more immigrants annually than all other nations of the world combined. There are various types of internationals to welcome: refugees, professionals and students. There are over 900,000 international students attending universities in the United States. Sixty percent are from unreached countries.
- “Sadly, the ministry of welcoming gets overlooked. Roughly eighty percent of internationals never see the inside of an American home. With high hopes they come to study, but soon loneliness sets in. They live their lives in isolated communities with other internationals. The hospitality so common in their homeland is just as foreign to Americans as they are. Many never hear the gospel. Returning home, they view Americans as distant and self-absorbed.” — Todd Ahrend. Resources for making disciples among internationals include the following.
25. Go knowingly.
- Interact with the following videos and website about the process of going.
God can use anyone who says, Yes.— The Ekballo Project