Finish Line #1 – Reaching the Least, the Last, and the Lost

We can all relate to the feeling of disappointment, even frustration or anger, when someone fails to share important information with us. Maybe it was an event we were never invited to but would have loved to attend. Or maybe it was an important detail that would have changed a decision we made. Whatever the subject, when these omissions are unintentional we may find them relatively easy to forgive. But what happens when we discover that the person withheld this information intentionally? When the offender actually knows the information could help us yet decides not to pass it along, the offense seems somehow unforgivable.

This is the case for the estimated 24 million people in the world whom no one is trying to reach. We as the Body of Christ have the most important message ever told, yet we are either unable or unwilling to share it with these individuals in over 506 Unengaged, Unreached People Groups (UUPG). That’s a staggering number when we think about the importance of the news and the eternal impact of the response.

This is the focus of the first Finish Line— Engaging Every People Group on the planet.

Although the number of people in this population is significant, it doesn’t mean they are easy to reach. There are significant communication, cultural, and logistical challenges to overcome. Not to mention the skills and time required of the people sent to make the connection, often at significant personal risk.

The size and nature of this need demands a highly organized and strategic effort by the collective Body of Christ. This is not something we can rely on a few missionaries to solve, and it’s a task well suited for the call2all movement as we come together to complete the Great Commission.

Engaging Every People Group is one of the five Finish Lines of the call2all movement— the Finish Lines are a biblical framework that, collectively, define the core elements of the Great Commission. Our role is to help provide tools and resources to equip the Body of Christ to see the Great Commission fulfilled, from identifying the needs to reporting on progress to connecting people to the community and the opportunities that best fit their passion and skill set.

Stay tuned for more detail on the progress of the call2all movement as we work with you and others to reach the world with the Gospel. And if you’re ever wondering how important this Finish Line is, think about those who could learn about Jesus a bit too late.

The Finish Lines

The power of God to change lives is undeniable. The story of His interaction with humanity found in the Bible applies across all cultures and generations. The Bible helps us understand the deep things of God that would otherwise be beyond our ability to comprehend. One of the most poignant examples of this is the link between our lives (or more specifically our spiritual walk) and an athletic competition. It works on so many levels, from the role of perseverance to the unpredictable and unavoidable obstacles that are placed in our path. Hebrews calls us to “run with endurance the race that God has set before us”, a race centered around our charge to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

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Welcome to the new call2all

Call2all exists for a single, hugely important purpose…to see the Great Commission fulfilled. But that unwavering mission needs to evolve and adapt to the cultural context within which we work. This new call2all “preview site” is one of many new and upcoming initiatives we’ve been working on to better equip and empower the Body of Christ, both individually and corporately, to see the Great Commission fulfilled in our lifetime. We believe the Lord has called Christians to come together like never before, and we want to respond in a big way.

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TV | Reaching The Islamic World part 1

We look at the challenge of Islam. With over 1.6 billion followers of Islam globally, if Christians are to be serious about obeying the Great Commission, they must be making disciples in this mission field. We will hear from both Muslim background believers and those reaching out to them in this critical hour.

You can watch the episode again here, click “full screen” for best quality.

Includes: Luis Bush, Joshua Lingel, The Story of Islam, Mulin Missionaries, Equipping pastors to reach the Muslims, Reaching Muslims For Jesus Christ

Special Thanks: Pioneers,  i2 Ministries, Bible League International

Program #114

First Broadcast: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

TV | Reaching The Islamic World part 2

We will hear from those who are challenging Islam and spreading the Gospel throughout the Muslim world. You will learn how you can be part of reaching the 1.6 billion followers of Islam. This is a critical time to join the movement and make disciples in the most volatile region on earth.

You can watch the episode again here, click “full screen” for best quality.

Includes: Isik Abla, Father Zakaria Botros, Church Planting in Chad, Reaching Mwani Muslims

Special Thanks: Pioneers, Africa Inland Mission

Program #115

First Broadcast: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TV | The Story of YWAM

It’s one the largest and most impactful youth missions movements in the world. We will hear from Youth With A Missions founders describing the miraculous ways YWAM began and how it grew to reach every continent on earth.

Includes: Loren and Darlene Cunningham, John Dawson, The Story of Youth With A Mission, What If – YWAM Ships, Be The Next Wave

Special Thanks: YWAM Kona, YWAM Kansas City, YWAM Ships

Program #116

First Broadcast: Tuesday, May 03, 2016

TV | Never The Same

Over 50 years ago Don Richardson and his wife answered the call of God to reach the people of New Guinea. Their amazing story was told in a book and documentary film titled ‘Peace Child’. This program features the moving follow-up story as Don and his three sons return to the village they once called home. We will also see the story of a young American family who braves the challenges of living among a primitive tribe in Indonesia to translate the Bible into their native language.

You can watch the episode again here, click “full screen” for best quality.

Includes: Never The Same documentary, The Pehrsons in Papua New Guinea,  Where There Is No Training.

Special Thanks: Pioneers USA, Wycliffe Bible Translators

Program #117

First Broadcast: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

TV | Business As Mission

We look at business as mission and the impact this growing movement is having in the marketplace and the mission field. Business owners share amazing stories of how God is using their businesses to reach people with the Gospel here in the US and around the world.

You can watch the episode again here, click “full screen” for best quality.

Includes: Rick Walden, Create emerge – Reverse The Curse in Cambodia

Special Thanks: Business As Mission Global, YWAM, CRU, First Rate Living, Jo Plummer, Os Hillman

Program #118

First Broadcast: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

TV | Homes of Hope

We will see how the hope of the Gospel is given to the impoverished in one of the poorest regions of Mexico through the building of homes. It is a powerfully moving story, as you will see lives being changed one home at a time.

You can watch the episode again here, click “full screen” for best quality.

Includes: Homes of Hope

Special Thanks: Sean Lambert, Andrea Lambert East, YWAM

Program #119

First Broadcast: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

TV | The Church’s Response to AIDS

HIV/AIDS continues to be a global epidemic especially in part of Asia. Cases of Asians contracting HIV are increasing at an alarming rate. We will see how churches and missionaries are responding to this crisis and making strides to stop the spread of the disease. We will also meet a courageous woman in eastern Africa who is taking a stand to stop the injustice of gender-based violence.

You can watch the episode again here, click “full screen” for best quality.

Includes: AIDS in Africa, Theresa Malila – Tearfund Inspired Individual, Radical Grace in Thailand, CARE for AIDS, Rani’s Story

Special Thanks: Africa Inland Mission  |  Kenneth Fleck  |  Pioneers  |  CRU  |  Tearfund

Program #120

First Broadcast: Tuesday, May 31, 2016