Into the Communities of Unreached Peoples
Leaving the one to search for the 99?
Death Valley, California-USA Image courtesy and ©2019 ENOD
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Song by Matthew Ward
We also feature Serving Well (2019), a book focusing on cross-cultural Christian workers, and three resources for community development in mission: Setting Up Community Health and Development Programmes in Low and Middle Income Settings (2019, 4th edition), the Million Village Challenge; and Global Mental Health--What's Up? (2019) [coming soon].
Our theme this month builds upon the parable on the 100 sheep (Matthew 18:12-14): In what ways can we emulate God's love by searching out and engaging with communities among the estimated three billion people in culturally-distant, unreached people groups? We believe it is crucial for us all to think about applications at all levels of mission--personal through partnerships, local through global-- for what it would also mean to leave the one (the found) in order to search for the other 99 (the lost).
--Member Care and Unreached Peoples (Member Care Update, April 2019)
--Being Faith-Based and Evidence Based (Global Integration Update, May 2019)
Kelly and Michèle