Unreached People Groups
Sharing the Gospel with the World
at our Doorstep
Metem Haxhiu is a recent immigrant from Kosovo. Culturally, he is Albanian. Religiously, he is a folk Muslim. Like many Kosovar immigrants living in Dallas, he works in a pizza restaurant owned by family members. A young man in his twenties, Metem looks forward to returning home to Kosovo soon to secure a wife. Because of strong cultural traditions concerning marriage, there are no suitable brides to be found for him locally.
Metem considers the United States to be a “Christian nation.” He is not sure what that means. No one has ever explained the Gospel to him, so he assumes everything he sees in American culture reflects what Christians believe and practice. He is not impressed. So, he keeps his distance, clings to his family, his culture, his language and his religious beliefs; and he remains a member of one of the more than 450 unreached people groups who call Dallas, Texas their home.
What is our responsibility? It would be intolerable to ignore the people migrating to Dallas who do not know Jesus. It would be unconscionable to fail to evangelize them. Jesus talked about people like Metem when he told his followers to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).
How Can We Answer the Call?
You and your church can answer the call to identify, engage and evangelize an unreached people group in Dallas and Rockwall Counties. Getting started is easy. As you gain more understanding and competence in reaching out to unreached peoples, you can increase your involvement. Below is a three-stage process for reaching the mission field at your doorstep:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
I Want to Answer the Call
Find out more about unreached people groups living in your neighborhood. Pick one that intrigues you and pray for them on a daily basis. Or, join in one of the several People Group Census events that will take place in 2016.
Identify persons of peace through occasional ministries and casual but intentional relationship building. Training will be provided fall 2015 and spring 2016 to assist you in this.
Adopt an unreached people group, trusting in God’s power to work through you to evangelize and establish a church among them. DBA will provide you with the training you need.