Global Muslim Initiatives Coordinator
Every Muslim should have the opportunity to hear and respond to the Good News of Jesus! It’s hard to fathom that in today’s modern, globalized age there remain billions who have not been given that opportunity. In fact, by religion, Islam has more unreached people groups than any other faith. Of the estimated 7.59 billion inhabitants of planet earth, more than 1.8 billion are Muslims almost 85% of whom have few, if any, believers and church planting efforts among them. Consider some of the below statistics:
2,115 The total number of Muslim Unreached People Groups (MUPG’s) in the world. UPG’s are people groups among whom there are no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance. (https://joshuaproject.net/help/definitions).
1,054 The number of MUPG’s that have minimal engagement. The total population of those people groups is more than 1.6 Billion people.
1,061 The number of MUPG’s that have no engagement. These people are referred to as Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPG’s) and have a total population of more than 141 Million people.
We are not OK with this. Therefore, after serving in church planting and development among Muslims for more than thirteen years in a gateway city of East Africa, Ralph Thompson is now helping WorldVenture bring greater coordination to our global efforts to reach Muslim unreached people groups. As part of this new role, he will be casting vision among our missionaries and churches (both in the U.S. and abroad), assessing current MUPG engagement & identifying other Muslim UPG’s and UUPG’s in each context, helping to develop localized strategies, providing resources and training, and facilitating cross pollination, networking, and resource sharing among those already engaged in Muslim ministry. Our prayer is that this will result in each of us being able to identify those opportunities around us to reach out in love, and effectively plant healthy churches among those furthest from God.
Historically, things like fear, misunderstanding, conflict, and prejudice have prevented us — the global Church — from loving our Muslim neighbors well. The time has come for God’s people to acknowledge and overcome these hurdles, so that we can bring our hearts in alignment with His. Namely, God’s desire that all people, Muslims included, repent and believe, so that they might be reconciled to Him, receive forgiveness of sins, inherit eternal life, and be adopted as sons and daughters into His beautiful, diverse, and global family.