All around the world there are beautiful children like these in the picture. They are someone’s sons and daughters, someone’s grandchildren. These children live in a village of West Africa where only 7 years ago they had little hope, because the Gospel of Jesus Christ had not come yet to them. They had hope because there was always the chance someone would come. These children are a part of a people group ethnically that number over 4 million. And yet less than .001% of these people are followers of Christ. Many villages of this people group have yet to hear the name of Jesus.
There are 477.5 million people in North India. That is one of every 12 people on our planet. Each day 10,500 of those people die, and all but a handful enter into a Christless eternity. Many of them have never heard the name of Jesus before.This is true of nearly 2.8 billion people in our world who have either little or no access to the Gospel message.
Jesus chose to pass through Samaria in John 4, a region of the world avoided by most of His people. But He had a heart to carry the Good News to a town there near Jacob’s well. He met a woman who was scorned by most of the village, and yet He told her of living water that offered eternal life. She met the Savior, and then she went and told her entire village. Like that woman, you can make a difference in our world. People who know tell people who don’t know about Jesus.
Today we have the technology and opportunities to make sure that every people group in our world has access to the Gospel. The promise of God is that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Rom. 10:13). But before they can call on Him they have to hear of Him. That is where you and I can make a difference. God has called His church to Go into all the world and make disciples. You can be a part of that. Your church can be a part of that.
As the villagers responded to the woman’s invitation to come meet a man (Jesus), the Lord said to the disciples there, “You say there are four months and then comes the harvest; I say to you lift up your eyes and behold, the fields are white unto harvest now.” Let’s make sure every child grows up in a village where the Gospel is proclaimed.