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World A: The Unreached World

World A is made up of all people who have never heard about the saving power of Jesus Christ because they have not had access to the gospel. It is the unreached world.
Who are these unreached? Consider the following illustration. Imagine you live in a world of four people. You have plenty of food, but the other three people are starving. You see two of them going down a road and, recognizing their plight, you tell them where they can find a storehouse filled with good things to eat. The other person is on a different path. In fact, without knowing it, he is walking away from both you and the storehouse that contains the only nourishment capable of saving him.
The other person, in terms of spiritual salvation, is World A. In real life, he represents approximately 1.2 billion people—one-fourth of humanity—people groups in which one out of every two individuals has neither heard nor has had the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Researchers estimate that 85 percent of these unreached individuals in our world live in the large green band shown on the map below extending through North Africa and Central Asia. He will perish, not because he has rejected Christ, but because he has no understanding of what Christ has offered. He has not been reached with any communication about the Christian hope of salvation.

The following statistics represent the urgency of the global Christian mission endeavor:
Christians spend 99.9% of Christian income on themselves (World C), 0.09% on World B, also referred to as the evangelized non-Christian world, and 0.01% on World A, the unevangelized world.
The same percentage breakdown (99.9, 0.09, 0.01) is applicable when considering money provided specifically for “Christian” purposes.
Approximately 99% of all Christian literature is consumed by World C; approximately 0.1% is produced for World A.
Only 1% of all Scripture distribution occurs in World A; 62% of Scripture distribution occurs in World C.
Approximately 3,000 foreign missionaries target populations in World A; nearly 260,000 foreign missionaries are sent out to other countries considered to be in World C. [1]




[1] Smith, Marsha A. Ellis, June Swann, Trent C. Butler, Christopher L. Church, and David S. Dockery. Holman Book of Biblical Charts, Maps, and Reconstructions. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1993.

 


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