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Stories Trump Statistics

“Unreached, Unengaged, under-engaged, 4, 083 people groups, almost 3 billion people….”

These terms and statistics refer to peoples living around the world that have little to no gospel influence in their community. While terms and statistics are helpful in quantifying need and tracking progress, they are terrible at telling stories of real people. Stories of men, women, and children who live in a world where they wake up and go to sleep without having the opportunity to hear the name of Jesus. Stories of men, women, and children who live in a world where they are neglected, oppressed, and in need. Motivation to participate in the Great Commission and reach people needs to go beyond terms and statistics. Every man, woman, and child has a story. Take time this week to learn somebody’s story. Engage people in conversation. If you are interested in unreached, unengaged, and under-engaged peoples around the world, go beyond the statistics and start learning their stories, too.

Here is a story to know. China file has done a wonderful job with the Uighurs (pronounced wee-gers) of China, highlighting their struggles as a people. Click here for the story.


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Greg Mathias Contributor
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Greg Mathias serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Great Commission Studies. His area of focus is international missions, and Greg works closely with our students who desire to serve in this context.
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  1. AJ, appreciate the response. I agree that stories connect better to the heart and provide deeper, lasting motivation for missions engagement.

  2. Greg, one thing we are constantly preaching to field workers is to be able to cast vision for your people group well. Too often we rely on statistics. Much more powerful to touch the heart of a believer to get committed and involved are stories. Great post!

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