A few weeks ago as I was researching on missions and missionaries in Malawi, I came across a very interesting resource in the name of the joshuaproject.net. It is a “research initiative seeking to highlight the ethnic people groups of the world with the fewest followers of Christ”. They basically give information concerning different ethinic groups in different countries and how many followers of Christ are in those ethnic groups or countries. Being a Malawian it was only natural that I look at the statics for my beloved country, and this what I found (see image):
Malawi has a total population of about 17 million people with 26 people groups, 4 of which have not been reached with the Gospel. About 2 million Malawians have never heard of the gospel, in the Yao tribe Christians constitute about 1.50% (1.00% evangelical) of the population, making it the least reached people group in this country seconded by the Sena’s whose population is made up of 58% Christians (10% evangelical).
Perharps you are wondering why I am sharing these statistics, if you are a Christian these statistics should be of great concern to you, and if you are a Christian and these stats do not move you in any way perhaps you should ask yourself if you really have experienced the life changing gospel. Why am I saying this?
A Chrisrian is someone who has experienced the life changing message of the gospel work in their life, they are someone who is following Jesus and whom the Holy Spirit is workin in daily. They are a believer and doer of the word of God. One cannot simply not experience Christ and not want others to know about Him, if that is you I sincerely ask you to examine yourself. James 1:22 encourages us to “be doers of the word and not just hearers lest we deceive ourselves.”
In light of this, I believe firstly that knowing that there are over 2 million people in this country we live in that dont know about Christ and have never heard of the gospel should grieve us, as people who know the kind of hopelessness sin brings. Secondly, knowing that there are people who have never heard of God should move us to obedience, the last charge Jesus gave us as His disciples was “therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father, son and the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And behold I will be with you till the end of the earth.”Jesus wants us to be people who Go into the nations and tell people who have not heard about, if you are not doing this, you are disobeying Jesus and that is sin.
I hope that more of us (Christians) in this country will be go-ers, people who take the time and effort to tell someone about Christ (evangelise) and also teach people about the bible AKA everything Jesus commanded (make disciples). We can all do this where God has placed us, be it in our schools, or work places or homes and communities we can be obey God. I like how the author and blogger Tim Challies put it here; ‘Christian, God has appointed you to be his missionary right where you are. There is no one better suited to the task. “Go home to your friends, your family, your neighbors, your colleagues, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”’
My hope is that more Christians in this country would actually considering being missionaries, going to the Yao’s, Sena’s, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhist for the sake of the Gospel and that these people would come to the knowledge of Christ. I pray that more people would consider training to be church planters, pastors, evangelists and bible teachers especially to the unreached people groups in our country and even to those who have been reached but do not believe. I also hope that we will repent for not obeying the great commission and ask the Spirit to help us be people who make disciples.
“There is a ripple effect to the gospel that’s inevitable. There’s a ripple effect to true grace. It doesn’t lead us to only sit and contemplate what happened to us. It leads us to proclaim what’s happened to us—and what can happen to anybody and everybody on the planet.”- Louie Giglio