Bringing Jesus to unreached peoples in least-reached places

Michael Smith

Converge Content Specialist

  • Missions

While we eagerly await the second coming of Christ, almost 30% of the world’s population has never had the opportunity to hear of his first coming. They have no church, no Bible and no chance to respond to God’s love. Seventy thousand people will enter a Christless eternity today without ever hearing Jesus’ name.

We want all people to know Jesus, but because most global workers serve in already-evangelized countries, we focus on the least-reached peoples of the world. We equip leaders to create movements that impact individuals, communities and regions through the power of the gospel. With this focus, people who have never heard the name of Jesus will have the chance to hear and accept the good news.

Converge International Ministries is asking God for a gospel movement among every least-reached people group in our generation.

 

When it comes to International Ministries, everything we do revolves around this vision. Although the Converge movement cannot achieve this vision alone, we can play an important role.

Sending workers into his harvest field

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10:2).

Global workers (missionaries) are an essential part of how God accomplishes his mission. Our 175 strategically placed global workers in 34 countries are leading the lost to Christ, starting church planting movements and developing national leaders. Another 58 appointees are forming prayer and financial support teams.

And you can be part of it. Become a global worker // Support one >

God has gifted potential global workers in your congregation. Converge’s Missionary Assessment Center helps churches discern potential missionaries’ spiritual, psychological and cultural fit for missions.

Our global workers help the least-reached people groups meet, know and follow Jesus in these five regions worldwide:

Our global workers are deploying to accomplish the many projects of our regional initiatives. They are also members of regional impact teams, which work across whole continents to empower national church leaders to reach their own peoples and become sending churches to reach the least reached.

Currently, we have 15 initiatives and plan to have 20 initiatives fully staffed and funded by 2026. This will require approximately 250 more global workers than we now have.

Connecting churches to God’s mission

Churches are an integral part of building momentum and synergy in supporting global missions. Through church networks focusing on specific initiatives around the world, called consortia, Converge International Ministries seeks to unite North American churches who have been called by God for shared prayer and missional effort toward the least-reached peoples of the world.

The consortia functions are to pray, support, mobilize, network and expand. Pastors and ministry leaders from across the Converge movement serve in various capacities — executive team leaders, facilitators, project liaisons, mission specialists, prayer coordinators, communications coordinators, etc. — and all are making a significant impact for God’s kingdom.

For example, a consortium of Converge churches, led by Daniel Warren, Hammond Campus pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, supports the 6º Initiative in Togo and Benin, West Africa. Out of the consortium, the initiative’s prayer coordinator orchestrated an unprecedented prayer event during this year’s National Voodoo Day in Benin.

 

During a 12-hour online prayer meeting, more than a thousand people from around the globe asked God for a gospel awakening among the West African people. The team is now praying in three time zones for an hour each week. 

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Starting local to go global

While Converge global workers are going into all the world, the world is also coming to us, allowing believers to minister to immigrants from across the globe.

About 6000 miles from Togo and Benin, in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, an initiative and consortium have formed, focusing on first- or second-generation immigrants from places like Bosnia, Cambodia, India, Iran, Nepal, Somalia and Tibet.

The From Scattered to Gathered Initiative is asking God for at least 5% of each of the least-reached immigrant people groups in the Twin Cities to become Christ-followers who gather into reproducing kingdom communities and have a gospel impact back in their countries of origin.

 

Westwood Community Church, a multisite congregation in the Twin Cities suburbs, joined a consortium of churches partnering with the From Scattered to Gathered Initiative to better engage unreached immigrant people groups in the Twin Cities with the gospel.

Westwood’s director of global missions, Chaz Nichols, is the consortium executive team leader for the From Scattered to Gathered Initiative.

“Westwood’s Near ministry strategy is to be singularly focused on the immigrant community in the Twin Cities,” he said. “It is our desire to bless, serve and help this community raise up 100 new churches over the next eight years. It is wonderful to be partnering with Converge to reach this important and growing segment of our community with the love of Christ.”

Join us on this journey

Jesus did not just command Christians to reach as many people as possible but to reach as many people groups as possible (Matt. 28:19). The task of reaching the world’s least-reached peoples belongs to every local church — and every believer.

 

Bringing a gospel movement to every least-reached people group in our generation is huge task. It can’t happen without you.

Here are four ways your church can get involved:

  • Raise one: Identify and raise up someone in your church to go to the nations here, near or far.
  • Support one: Set aside funds to help send one onto the international mission field.
  • Teach one: In the next year, preach or teach in your church about sending.
  • Join a consortium: Email the U.S. Engagement Team to get started.

Text Raise One, Support One or Teach One to 407.476.8560 to tell us how you and your church will commit to joining this mission and movement, or email us.

Our greatest privilege is joining Jesus in what he is building: his church. When we reach across the street and around the world with the gospel — locally and globally — we impact lives for eternity. Let’s not let anyone enter into a Christless eternity without first knowing his name.


Michael Smith, Converge Content Specialist

Michael Smith serves as Converge’s content specialist. He has nearly two decades in the newspaper publishing industry. Michael worked as a copy editor and designer for the Tampa Tribune for more than a dozen years. He also was a member of the editorial staff of Florida Baptist Witness and other publications across the Southeast.

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