Women180 likes to highlight certain Christian organizations that are doing unbelievable work in God’s Kingdom. This month we would like to highlight an organization that is moving mountains to bring God’s truth and word to the “unreached” population.
Who are the unreached? An unreached or least-reached people is a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance. Can you imagine living in the darkness of extreme, war, poverty and brokenness WITHOUT a flickering light of hope in your surroundings? Never having heard of Jesus- His grace, hope, joy and redemption? Maybe you intimately know or have known this darkness. Can you remember how your life changed when your senses experienced God’s light?
One of the greatest commandments Jesus made to his disciples, was to“Go, and make disciples of all the nations.” (Matthew 28:10) Literally, “GO.”
That can be intimidating for most of us. For centuries brave missionaries have shed their comfortable lives to go live among the unreached across the globe. We’ve entered an era where reaching these groups has gotten easier and easier, yet nearly 3,000 people groups (about 2.8 billion people) still live in this spiritual darkness. Why is this? Despite grand efforts from the global Christian church:
- 99.7% of missional resources are directed toward where the church ALREADY IS.
- only .3% goes where the church IS NOT. *
BroomTree International is a ministry that is bridging the gap from simply “giving” to faithful servant missionaries, to “investing” in His faithful servants of the African church who have the culture, proximity and understanding to reach the unreached in places we cannot go.
“Our process is to Gather, Explore, and Facilitate both ministry and strategic partners who work together to fulfill the Great Commission. Working together will multiply talents that make greater impact in reaching unreached people groups of the world today.” – BroomTree International
BroomTree’s mission statement is simple. Serve faithful servants who make disciples for Jesus Christ. They assist by directing resources for short term needs that advance long term strategies. They work together to make disciples through His church who advance His kingdom on earth to glorify His name.
It’s not just about sending people over for a few weeks to help out where needed. It is about equipping indigenous churches with the knowledge of God and the tools and resources to then go out and make more disciples. To bear fruit that REMAINS and transform communities to walk daily in the word.
Ladies, our main purpose in life is to bring people to Christ and grow not only our relationships, but to help others grow as well, yet I sometimes feel that we stay in our own little bubble. We often don’t think about how we can help those in faraway lands, but we can ALWAYS help.
You may be thinking how can I help? There are a couple different ways. The number one way to help reach the “unreached” is by fervent prayer. We may not be able to travel around the world, but we can pray for God to open up the hearts of the people who don’t know Him. We can also pray for the people who are on the ground, traveling to dangerous places. We can pray to give them strength, wisdom, courage, and the resources to be able to do God’s work where we cannot.
Secondly, we can help by donating to organizations like BroomTree so that they can help equip the African Church with the tools needed to spread God’s word and change lives. We may not be called to do missions in the sense of traveling to unknown lands, but we are ALL called to be missionaries in spreading the Gospel. There are so many ways to do that- and BroomTree is demonstrating how we can really focus on discipleship as a tool to transform lives. Please take time to pray for BroomTree International and to pray on whether or not God is calling you to donate to help spread God’s great news.
Please take a look at BroomTree’s home page to learn how they are assisting local African church networks employ a disciple-making strategy. They started in Kenya in 2012. This year they have local servants traveling into South and North Sudan, Egypt, Chad and Uganda to train other churches in this strategy that will empower an entire continent to GO and make disciples of ALL the Nations.
“We are within range of penetrating every dark place on the planet with the light of the Gospel more than ever before in history. We pray that you will join with us.” - BroomTree
*(for more definitions and statistics visit http://www.thetravelingteam.org/stats/ or www.joshuaproject.net)