As a church, we are aware that the gospel needs to be shared with the entire world. A common misconception that Ellie and I are burdened with is that much of the world is considered already “reached,” yet shows no fruit of a relationship with Christ. For example, the western hemisphere has been considered reached by many Christian organizations, even though Christianity is a declining religion in many nations. We want to make clear that reaching the nations is not a “one and done” theory.
Picture it more as walking though a river. You never step in the same water twice; it is always changing. The same is true when spreading the gospel throughout the world. People groups change and new generations are born. One group may believe today, but coming generations may not. We need to continually be fortifying our previous efforts that have been made in the past to maintain thriving churches and growing relationships with Christ.
In Genesis 2:15, man was not only commanded to cultivate the world, but to keep it. The implication here is that there is a continual action of maintenance involved. We feel that this is also true of sharing the gospel. This is part of the reason we chose to move to Guatemala. Even though it is considered a reached nation, we know that there is an increasing number of people who don't know Christ as their Lord and Savior. Consider this also true for missionaries serving in the U.S., Germany, as well as many other nations once considered “reached.”
Today, pray for ways you can continue spreading the gospel to your family, your neighbors, your nation and especially your world. It is an ever-changing place that is in desperate need of renewal through the news of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
By James and Ellie Carr, Watkinsville Missionaries to Guatemala