Who are the unreached?
According to the Joshua Project there are approximately 16,704 people groups in the world. It is estimated that 6,913 of these groups are considered unreached. This means that there are less than 2% of evangelical Christians in any of these people groups. This is translated to mean that there are approximately 2.83 billion unreached people in the world.
Reaching the Unreached is a new initiative of the Oklahoma Free Will Baptist Mission Department to partner with individuals and churches to sponsor an indigenous church planter in an unreached people group. For just $150 per month, an indigenous church planter can work to evangelize an unreached people group. One unreached people group is the Lobi Tribe of Cote d'Ivoire, Africa. We have already identified at least 10 Lobi pastors who are trained and ready to plant churches. All they need is sponsors who will help them go. These indigenous church planters are another layer to what we can do to help spread the Gospel around the world. This initiative is in no way intended to replace traditional missionaries. These trained Lobi church planters were trained by our missionaries in most cases and both have vital impacts in their areas of ministry.
The Oklahoma Free Will Baptist Mission Department is partnering with other organizations that already have relationships with indigenous church planters. They are helping us by providing on the ground connections with unreached people groups and church planters and the national church. They also help provide accountability making sure that the church planter supported is a real person, planting a real church among unreached people groups around the world. This initiative is not sponsored by TSP and no TSP funds have been allocated for this project. It is an opportunity for churches and individuals to be involved in reaching the unreached around the world. If you or your church are interested in sponsoring a church planter to an unreached people group, please sign up below or contact our office at (405) 912-9036.