Frequently asked questions
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Missions 1 is a missions support organization that uses storytelling tools to enlighten Christians about Missionaries and their efforts, as well as motivate Christians to give support (e.g. financial, material, spiritual) to missions work; in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of missions efforts. Our efforts directly improve the livelihoods of underprivileged and neglected communities where the missionaries work.
A missionary is a person sent on a religious mission, especially one sent to promote Christianity in a place where Christianity is not known or believed in. Could be sent to a foreign country or tribe.
The Great Commission is a coinage for the final instructions Jesus Christ gave to His disciples before His ascension. It is a mandate to spread the gospel to all the nations of the world.
It is found in Matthew 28:18-19 and Mark 16:15-18
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
Compelling stories are powerful; they are great tools that ‘connect’ our hearts to a cause.
We use video documentaries, short films, articles, and pictures to tell human interest stories of missionaries achieving great feats against all odds.
Most Christians would give to missions if they knew about the work that missionaries do. About 50% of Churchgoers do not know about the Great Commission (Barna report, 2018).
Sadly, this communication gap has created a large support gap. Many missionaries working among unreached peoples groups struggle in their work due to inadequate support from the Church.
According to thetravelingteam.org/stats, the Church has roughly 3,000 times the financial resources and 9,000 times the manpower needed to accomplish the work of the Great Commission.
Bridging the communication gap by storytelling, would also bridge the support gap.
UPG is an acronym for Unreached People Group. A people group is a tribe, a group of people connected by the same language and cultural beliefs. A people group is considered “unreached” if less than 5% of the population are Christian Adherent or less than 2% are Christians engaged in evangelical efforts.
There are close to 7000 unreached people groups (UPGs) in the world; about 3 billion people worldwide (Joshua Project).
Most of the UPGs belong to a cluster called the THUMB people: Tribal, Hindu, Unreligious, Muslim, and Buddhist, who do not have missionaries working among them.
With only 0.03% of the income of Evangelical Christians alone channeled towards missions, a church can be planted in each of the unreached people groups around the world (thetravelingteam.org/stats).
This gives us the motivation to project that with at least 1% of Christians giving 1% of their income to missions on a consistent basis, the work of the Great Commission will be accelerated globally.