What a mission field

The following information is taken from a Christianity Today article about the state of missions in the world. The original article can be found here.

The map of global Christianity that our grandparents knew has been turned upside down. At the start of the 20th century, only ten percent of the world’s Christians lived in the continents of the south and east. Ninety percent lived in North America and Europe, along with Australia and New Zealand. But at the start of the 21st century, at least 70 percent of the world’s Christians live in the non-Western world—more appropriately called the majority world.

More Christians worship in Anglican churches in Nigeria each week than in all the Episcopal and Anglican churches of Britain, Europe, and North America combined. There are more Baptists in Congo than in Britain. More people [are] in church every Sunday in communist China than in all of Western Europe. Ten times more Assemblies of God members in Latin America than in the U.S.

What a stunning reversal of fortunes. Additionally, what a stunning indictment on the American church.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

2 thoughts on “What a mission field

  1. Something to consider is the impact of our grandparent’s (and their grandparent’s) missionary efforts on the current situation. There are some experts estimating that there are currently more believers in China than there are Americans (300+ million). The movement leading to this amazing spread of the gospel in China began in Henan province nearly fifty years ago. It was the same province where many missionaries from OMF and the IMB labored for a hundred years before.

  2. It is truly amazing the turnaround in just a few decades. On the other hand, you always have a greater harvest in more fertile soil…God had been preparing the ground in these areas for many, many years. Let us not also forget the investment of time, sweat and sometimes blood that fueled this growth overseas.

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