Unreached People Group Essay

5210 Words Mar 21st, 2014 21 Pages
LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

JOSCELYN R. JONES

LYNCHBURG, VA
March 7, 2014

Table of Contents
Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………3
Regional Map………………………………………………………………………………………..............4
Background: A Closer Look at The Swahili People’s History, Language and Culture…………………..………………………………………………………………………………...4
Background: A Closer Look at The Swahili People’s Economy, Religion, and Family……………..………………………………………………………………………………7
Survey of Missions Work……………..………………………………………………………………………………12
Proposed Mission Strategy………………………………………………………………………………………......14
Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………….18
References………………………………………………………………………………………19

Introduction In Genesis
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Mission workers today may not face the same difficulties as Paul however, attempting to “reach” an unreached people group comes with its own set of challenges. For instance many unreached people are spiritually oppressed and feel threatened by the gospel. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that “the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they will not believe in the gospel.” This may be the biggest obstacle that mission workers have to face today. Another challenge is that among unreached people there are many misunderstandings that are due to the absence of active Christians who speak their language and can share the gospel in a culturally appropriate manner.( Patrick Johnstone, John Hanna, and Marti Smith, eds., Praying Through the Window III: The Unreached Peoples [Washington: YWAM Publishing, 1996], 17.) Making an impact among a people group requires a mission worker to be properly trained to be “both competent and effective in his or her missionary service.”( A. Scott Moreau, Gary R. Corwin, and Gary B. McGee, Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey [Michigan:Baker Academic, 2004], 173.) This will require an interest and finding out all there is to learn about the target group’s culture, language, history, economy and religious ways of the people. This paper seeks to provide the background, survey of missions, and a proposed strategy to reach the

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