Our article today is written by Reed Lynn, Director of Missions for the Pittsburg Baptist Association. This article originally appeared in the association’s newsletter and as soon as I read I thought, “I couldn’t have said it better myself!” For those of us who serve in our state conventions, we know how vital it is to work in partnership with our DOM’s and the valuable contribution that they make to advance the Kingdom. Thanks Reed for all you do and for giving me permission to reprint your article!
I am excited about an opportunity all of us can take advantage of. I am referring to The 6426 Project. What is it all about? Mission strategists have identified 6,426 unreached people groups in the world. These groups constitute more than 2 billion people who have yet to hear the gospel. Jesus told us to take the gospel to every person. Shame on us; it hasn’t happened yet.
Jesus said that the gospel would be preached to all peoples before the end. John saw a multitude before the throne in Revelation 5 made up of people from every people group. How do they get there? They accept Christ in response to the gospel presentation. This is a gap we desperately need to bridge.
This is a daunting task, and how can we get started? The 6426 Project is both brilliant and simple. When you hear it, you’ll say “Why didn’t I think of that?” The first step in any undertaking for God must always be prayer. The 6426 Project challenges every class in Oklahoma to adopt an unreached people group to pray for. Prayer prepares the “soil” to hear the gospel. Prayer results in laborers hearing God’s call to the harvest. Prayer causes God’s people to give sacrificially to finance the harvest. All of these things are necessary and only God can accomplish them.
Oklahoma Baptists are partnering with the International Mission Board to supply names and locations of all 6,426 people groups. Pastors, challenge your Sunday School teachers to lead their class to adopt an unreached people group for prayer. Teachers, lead your class to be part of this great effort for souls, and tell your pastor that your class wants an unreached people group that you can pray for each Sunday.
Each class needs someone, the teacher if possible, who has an email address. Classes are encouraged to get on the internet or go to the library and research their people group. Your church should have already received a packet of 50 bookmarks, which is about the size of the average number of people in an Oklahoma Baptist church. More bookmarks are available by calling 405-942-3000, ext 4656, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Worship guides and posters with suggestions on how to pray for your people group are available.
Every Sunday School class in Pittsburg Association can be part of this effort. This is something all of us can do. If we can’t pray for lost people across the world let’s be honest and say that we don’t believe in the Great Commission anymore. Let’s adopt a people group and do it for Jesus and for souls.
To adopt an unreached people group through the 6426 Project, go here.