Global Mapping International
1. TEN LARGEST COUNTRIES
Interactive approach: Before showing the population graph ask everyone to list six to ten countries they think have the largest population, then see how many of their countries are on the graph.
Eye-openers: The overwhelming population concentration is in China and India (each has more than the total population of countries 4-10).
· No country in Western Europe or the Mediterranean is in the list.
· Most countries are growing, though the rates of growth differ widely.
Applications: Of all the people living today for whom Christ died, about 40% are in China or India. Are those countries getting 40% of our prayer and attention?
2. HUMAN SUFFERING INDEX
Interactive approach: If you were going to put a band-aid across this "map of pain", where would you put it?
Eye-openers: An organization exists which estimates and quantifies human suffering!
· North America, Western Europe and Australia are out of touch with the pain of the rest of the world.
· The world's suffering is heavily concentrated in Africa, in which Christians make up the majority of the population.
Application: There are plenty of superficial explanations about why so much of the world is so poor and why we cannot or need not do anything about it. There are plenty of debates about the relative importance of physical needs and spiritual needs. But we can't forget this map unless we love our fellow human beings a lot less than God loves us.
3. PERCENT AND GROWTH RATE OF EVANGELICALS
Interactive approach: Which if any of the following countries are less than 1% evangelical: China, Zaire, France, Brazil, Mexico?
· Put the following countries in order starting with the one where evangelicals are growing the fastest: Australia, China, India, United States.
Eye-openers: The spiritual and evangelistic vitality of the Church is no longer centered in Western countries, even though many of the established mission structures still are.
Application: Praise God (stop your presentation and pray!) The global picture is one of people turning to Christ at moderate to fast rates in most non-Western countries.
4. THREE RELIGIOUS BLOCKS AND THE 10/40 WINDOW
Interactive approach: Have someone in the group explain what the 10/40 window is (or explain it to them--the window-shaped area between the 10th and 40th parallels where Christianity so far has had the least impact).
· Ask if anyone in the group knows any missionary working in any country inside the window.
Eye-openers: Israel, where the gospel began, is very near the center of this map of "where the gospel isn't".
· Christianity has won converts in huge numbers wherever the local religion was tribal (as in Africa and the Pacific islands) but not in areas where the local religion was a "world religion", as we see on the map.
Application: Discuss reasons that so few missionaries are working inside the window. What do you think makes people in the window "resistant" to the gospel?
5. TWELVE UNEVANGELIZED POPULATION COMPLEXES
Interactive approach: Have the group members mention the ethnic or linguistic origin of their last names. See how many groups are represented in your audience.
Eye-openers: Besides the religious identity which we saw on the last map, people also have an ethnic identity, shown on this map. Evangelistic approaches must take both these into account.
· The ethnic groups do not line up very well with the national boundaries, which creates all kinds of problems within and between countries.
Application: God's promise to Abraham was that through him all the peoples (families) of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3). This map shows how that promise can be fleshed out in one region of the world.
6. FAR EAST BROADCASTING COMPANY RESPONSES FROM CHINA, 1999
Interactive approach: How often do you listen to a Christian radio station?
Eye-openers: Christian radio broadcasts actually do cover the whole of China. In 1999 listeners from every province wrote to FEBC in response to broadcasts.
Application: There are many different methods of getting the gospel out. No individual can get involved in all of them, but the Holy Spirit can prod some people to take a special interest in some methods such as radio. What is the Spirit prodding you to get interested in?
7. THE"JESUS" FILM
Interactive approach: If you have seen the "JESUS" film (the one based on the gospel of Luke that has been widely circulated by Campus Crusade and other organizations), what scenes stand out in your memory?
Eye-openers: As the Bible has been translated into hundreds more languages than any other book, so the "JESUS" film has been dubbed into hundreds more languages than any other movie. It is the most widely viewed movie in the history of motion pictures.
· · Even in countries such as Iran, Pakistan and India where evangelism is highly restricted, the film is available in many local languages. Videos allow private viewing.
Application: Approximately half the world is semi-literate or illiterate. The "Jesus" film lets them "see" the gospel of Luke even if they cannot read it. Pray for the red "x"s on the map; many more translations of the movie are still in progress.
8. MEXICO CITY, POPULATION PER CHURCH
Interactive approach: If a new church were to be established as a branch from your congregation, how would you decide where to put it?
Eye-openers: There are not many evangelical churches anywhere in Mexico City (the second largest city in the world after Tokyo).
· The evangelical churches are very unevenly distributed in the city. Certain districts are much more "churched" than others. This is true of many cities, but the local Christians are usually not aware of it (unless they see a map like this one).
Application: This is the kind of map which churches in Mexico City look at when they meet to discuss how to evangelize their city more effectively.
9. CAMEROON, LAND OF 279 LIVING LANGUAGES
Interactive approach: Write the word for "Hello" in as many different languages as your group can tell you.
Eye-openers: Cameroon is only one little-known African country yet it has 279 different languages, not counting those which are nearly extinct. Imagine the challenge for Bible translation!
Application: When Jesus was on earth in person, he never spoke English, and he never intended that anyone else should have to speak it in order to be able to read the Bible.
10. PERCENT OF US POPULATION UNCHURCHED IN 1990
Interactive approach: What percent of the population of the United States does not claim to belong to any form of Christianity or Judaism? [Note: this cannot be deduced directly from the map, but the approximate figure is 40%.]
Eye-openers: The four corners of the country are much less churched than the middle. The Bible Belt is real.
· Even when all Jews, Catholics, Mormons, and liberals are counted as "churched", there are plenty of unchurched people still to be evangelized here.
Application: Mission is not just an overseas activity. It is BOTH overseas and in our own backyard.
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