My wife, Linda, and I arrived this afternoon in Indianapolis for the annual meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention. We will be spending much of our time in and around the IMB booth helping elevate awareness of the spiritual needs in South America.
*Many people think South America has been reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But this continent holds some of the remotest, darkest places on the face of the earth with virtually no way for the light of the Gospel to penetrate. This unthinkable tragedy exists as near to us as a three-hour plane flight!
For example, did you know...
There are 699 people groups in South America. Of these 699 people groups, 411 are unreached people groups (less than 2% evangelical.) Of these 411 UPG, IMB missionaries work among only 48. Of these 411 UPG 200 have no evangelical presence of any kind.
Did you know there are 85 unreached tribes in the Amazon Basin that have no contact with the outside world?
Did you know that of the total 378.7 million population in South America, 355 million are lost? Nine out of ten who die today will die without Christ.
Are you aware that 77% of the region's people live in cities?
Did you know that besides Spanish and Portuguese, 433 other languages are spoken in South America?
That of the 699 people groups represented in South America, IMB missionaries have only engaged 87 of them?
Roman Catholics 79%
Traditional Ethnic/Spiritist 3%
The unreached of South America desperately need our fervent prayers, generous hearts and going feet to unlock their spiritual prisons. Are you willing to go and tell them God's passionate message of love and salvation? Will you pray away these nearly impenetrable Gospel barriers? Will you give generously to support fellow Southern Baptist who are investing their lives there in obedience to God's call?
Before clicking away to some other read, please take a few seconds to view this very short video on the unreached of the Amazon Basin entitled Hidden in the jungle. And then: pray.
*adapted from IMB literature, also please see www.samregion.org and www.takingit2theedge.org or call (800)999-3113