Did you know that Jesus calls us as believers to reach out to our community and beyond, proclaiming the good news?
Scott Morrison, former Tabor student, and current missionary in Thailand highlighted the significance of this task Jesus has set for us, at our Alumni brunch held on the 13th of October.
Scott and his wife Sarah are experienced ministers of the gospel who display a fervour and determination to reach the unreached for Christ. Challenged by Paul’s “ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known,” (Romans 15:20) they are answering God’s call to reach the people of Isaan. Isaan is the North-East Region of Thailand which seriously lacks the gospel of Jesus Christ.
With passion and enthusiasm, Scott presented some hard truths of what it looks like to put Jesus’ commands into action and the magnitude of the work ahead of us. Many of us know that we are called to evangelise, yet what many of us may not be aware of is the fact that 42.2% of the world’s population is still considered ‘unreached’. The Joshua Project defines the term unreached as “a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize that people group”.
In Melbourne everyone who has access to the Internet has access to the Bible. The gospel is conveniently at our fingertips in various other ways; the many street evangelists active in our city, the 480 local churches in Victoria, many free Bible phone apps and more significantly, most Melbournians have the opportunity to meet real Christians at some point in their lives. Scott illustrated that every believer only needs to walk alongside, and share their faith with 14 people in order for every member of the Australian population to have heard the good news of salvation. In stark contrast, in other areas of the world, such as Isaan, where there are large unreached groups of people, every Christian would need to share the gospel with 1000 other people. These startling and eye-opening figures were confronting, and Scott’s passion for these unreached people was inspiring. Further prompting those present to take action, Scott presented to the audience the startling reality that only 1 in 41,000 Christians or 0.002% moves to work with these unreached people groups. This raised the question as to whether Christians are adequately following the call to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)
While many don’t feel specifically called to overseas, intercultural mission, there is still an important job to do in Melbourne, starting with reaching those 14 people in our lives that do not know Jesus. Scott and his wife are passionate to spur others to start with these 14, but also to be a part of God’s wider kingdom mission by either following God’s call to ministry, or to support those who are taking a leap of faith to work closely within those communities where they face an array of different barriers and challenges. While it may seem like a daunting prospect to reach out to such a large number of people, Scott encouraged us with the ways in which he has seen the Lord work through healing and community connection. From years of their team not seeing a single local come to believe in Christ, they continued to persevere in faith. Then unexpectedly, from something as seemingly small as an answered prayer for healing, began the changed heart of one individual, which progressed into a small group of six seekers. As the Word tells us in Matthew 17:20 - ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move’, we can only imagine what more God is going to do in this community.
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CREDIT: Thank you Catherine Doedens for your work on this piece.