This article is Part 3 of a series of five trends facing World Missions, written before his passing by Dr. Bill George, Editorial Assistant to the General Overseer, for the EVANGEL’s globalCONNECT.

Christian demographers tell the church that among the world’s 7.4 billion inhabitants, a little more than 3.11 billion people do not know the name of Jesus. Hundreds of groups of people exist, among whom few, if any, have ever been exposed to the message of truth. Among these numerous groups—the Joshua Project counts 6,685 of them—the Church of God has targeted 250 for concentrated attention and outreach. The people who live in the groups have no friends and neighbors who can tell them about Christ. The only way they can find out about Him and His offer of salvation is for an outsider—a missionary—to share the message. This truth affirms the Bible’s declaration:

For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:13-15 NKJV).

(To be continued … )