Between April 29 and May 4, Jeannie and I experienced a mind-and-faith-stretching week at theInternational Wholistic Mission Conference and the two days of meetings of the CHE Representative Council. As CHE Coordinator for Central Europe and the Balkans, I sit with 10 other leaders far more qualified than I on this Council.
Some of our agenda items are rather mundane, but some defy the imagination. One of those is the Million Village Challenge.
Two thousand of the world’s people groups are still unreached with the Gospel. Eighty-five percent of these groups reside in rural communities. There are approximately one million villages left to be reached in the world. Reach these and you have almost finished the goal of proclaiming the Gospel to every nation, tribe, people and language.
The Global CHE Network (GCN) of mission agencies, churches and denominations with national CHE teams working in villages in 130 nations has been uniquely positioned by God to reach these last million communities. So, God has set before us a Million Village Challenge!
For the last several years the GCN has joined with other wholistic-mission-minded groups around the world in implementing strategies to introduce Christian wholistic outreach and development into 10,000 new model communities among the unreached by 2020. If the results from doing this follow the pattern of how the wholistic mission movement has spread to 130 nations in the last 35 years already, these 10,000 communities will be the catalyst, the light shining on the hill, showing God’s good works, that will stimulate communities around them to join the gathering wave. This could well become the global movement that reaches the millionth village!
During the week Ron hosted a dinner meeting of mission agency leaders that have joined with the NAB and Medical Ambassadors International and are now moving into Central Europe and the Balkans to do wholistic community outreach and development. The subject was: How can we collaborate effectively to implement model communities in every nation of this region by 2020? We will hold a Summit Meeting in Serbia in September to fix our strategy. What an exciting time to be in missions!