It is a need that every single human being on earth has. It is not food. It is not water. Then what is so urgent? What is this great need?
Our need for forgiveness! Rom 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”
But there is good news! Rom 10:13 “‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”
“Yes”, you might think, “I know this, I’ve heard this many times.” Then blessed are you if you hear these words and believe it!
But this verse in Romans goes even further than your own soul, and stretches you further towards others’ souls. Rom 10:14-15 – “How then will they 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 the one who brings good news’” You know and have heard this good news, there was beautiful feet bringing this good news to you at some point and time. What about those who have not heard this Good News yet?
May you stop to think about this need. Feel it in your own heart. There are still people who are hopeless, without the good news of forgiveness of their sins given by Christ Jesus alone.
I pray that this need may haunt you every single day. I pray that you may do all in your power to meet this need – whether by going yourself to meet this need, or by supporting those who are “going” as Matt 28:18-20 says, in order to meet this need
Let me draw your attention to a little place on our globe where is need is still – the Finisterre Mountains of Papua New Guinea.
The Finisterre Mountains (circled blue) – a mountain range found in the second biggest island in the world, Papua New Guinea, located North East of Australia.
Out of the 70 tribes (language groups) in these mountains, all speaking different languages, 53 are still without the truth of Christ and without the Scripture…
These color coded areas consists of a few language groups that are of the same language family (or cluster) – meaning there is some coherency between their languages.
nDo is the language group that our team is going to target, meaning 53 unreached minus 1 when our mission is complete (see “the mission“) The nDo language group has a population of about 3,500 people.
To be more specific we’ll be moving into one of the 27 villages of the nDo language group.
MAWERORO – a tribe of approximately 500 people. It is our prayer that the Lord saves people from these villages, whom we will disciple and train so that the gospel can go forth from them to all their neighboring villages, to other nDo speakers.
“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages… When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Just like in the time when Jesus was on earth, the laborers are still few! The need is still something to feel compassion for, for there are still so many unreached language groups in these remote Mountains in the Finsiterre Range. May we respond to Jesus’ desire and PRAY that the Lord send out laborers into His harvest, into these places of need… And if you have the desire to go be a laborer to these people who do not yet know your precious Savior, then do not ignore the call and be like Jonah, but go! May the words of Jim Eliot be an encouragement to you – “he is no fool who gives up what he can’t keep to gain what he can’t loose…”
Please see the Finisterre Vision website at http://www.finisterrevision.org if you wish to know more about this Vision to reach out to the need of the people in the Finisterre Mountains.