Missions to Unreached Peoples
"Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods." Psalm 96:3-4
"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever. Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It's the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God's glory."
- John Piper, from Let the Nations Be Glad!
When we hear the word 'missions,' it seems we generally visualize an individual taking the gospel message to a distant land. Or perhaps we think of some remote people group that has been isolated from the rest of the world. Why is it that the unreached nations and the missionaries who live amongst them seem to always be the initial focus?
We believe it is crucial for one to understand that God is a mission-minded God. Missions exists for the sole purpose of declaring the glory of Christ amongst the unreached peoples of the earth. God places above all things the glory of His name, and He cries out to the nations to leave their wicked ways and bring Him the worship due His name. The absence of God-centered worship amongst the unreached peoples is the foundation of our mission ministry.
It is because God is a mission-minded God that we joyfully strive to proclaim the riches of His glory to the nations. Our desire is to express a passion for the pleasure of God's presence amongst these unreached peoples of the world. God has ordained for this to happen through the declaration of His Word. "But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!" (Romans 10:14-15).
It is our desire to be actively involved in taking the gospel message to the ends of the earth. We believe that as the truth of Scripture is declared, the Holy Spirit is faithful in drawing people to Christ. We hold dear to the promise recorded by the Apostle John: "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" (Revelation 7:9-10).
We believe the promise of that heavenly reality was purchased on the cross, and God is raising up His Church to take the message of this precious promise to the ends of the earth. May our prayers affirm the words of the eighteenth-century missionary, David Brainerd, who cried out "that the kingdom of the dear Savior might come with power, and the healing waters of the sanctuary spread far and wide for the healing of the nations."