Unreached People Group Adoption

"After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:9, NIV)

Doesn’t this verse just take your breath away?  God gives us a glimpse of the climax of history.  Each nation is to have its place before the throne.  The redeemed from every culture will fill heaven with their praises, bringing glory to God by the diversity of their worship.  It will be a display of splendor such as we cannot even imagine.  God is on mission in the world, bringing all peoples to Himself.  The end result is certain: all nations will one day praise Him.  He has called His Church to join Him as He gathers His people from every corner of the world.  This is the basis for adopting an unreached people group.

A people group is basically a group with shared culture, ethnicity, language, and identity.  These are the “nations” before the throne in Revelation.  In most cases, when the Bible says “nations” (Greek: ethne) it refers to people groups, rather than political countries.  Though estimates vary, there are over 10,000 people groups in the world.  These vary greatly in size, from a few dozen people to many millions.  Each has its own distinct culture.

Some people groups have thriving communities of believers giving glory to God, but several thousand do not.  People groups without growing, multiplying churches that are relevant to their cultures are called “unreached.”  Numerically, a people group is considered unreached if its population is less than 2% Evangelical Christian (meaning Christians who believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation and recognize their responsibility to share the Gospel with others).  Such people groups may have some Christians, but they are either so small a minority or so uninterested in sharing their faith that they are not considered capable of reaching the rest of their people groups without foreign assistance.

When a church adopts an unreached people group, it makes a commitment to do whatever it can to help reach them, to see them fill their place before the throne of Christ.  The church partners with a mission agency working with the people group.  The congregation commits to pray consistently and specifically, confident that God will do amazing things.  They learn all that they can about the people, correspond with missionaries and build relationships with them, contribute resources, and even go on short-term mission trips.  Sometimes God calls members of the congregation to long-term service among their people group.  The church comes to love the people and becomes actively involved in bringing them to Jesus.  God is already at work in the world, bringing the nations to Himself.  People group adoption is a way to join Him in an endeavor of eternal significance.

In the Fall of 2008, Crestwood adopted the Maay Speakers of SomaliaClick here to learn more about this people and our committment to the Maaye people