This map is an incredible glimpse of how the major religions of the world have spread over the past 5,000 years in under 2 minutes.

Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are five of the biggest religions in the world. Over the last few thousand years, these religious groups have shaped the course of history and had a profound influence on the trajectory of the human race. Through countless conflicts, conquests, missions abroad, and simple word of mouth, these religions spread around the globe and forever molded the huge geographic regions in their paths.

The saga continues. The narrative is still being penned. Souls are still hanging in the balance.

“People are still waiting at the other end of our obedience.” – David Joannes

But the reality is that the colors of God’s redemptive salvation message have not yet permeated every corner of the globe.

“In light of the world’s greatest lostness, in light of the moment when we could get the gospel into the hearts and hands of people more easily than any other time in this earth, we are backing up? What a tragedy if what happened next is that God would call us home, and then ask us, ‘What did you do? What did you do with what I gave you?’ The problem is that we don’t understand lostness!” – Tom Elliff 

In 1976 there were an estimated 17,000 unreached people groups on earth. Today there are just over 6,000 unreached people groups. That’s progress! But the task of taking the gospel message of God’s grace to every ethnic people group remains.

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So here’s my question: How are you involved in global missions? I believe everyone has a part to play, not only in local missions, but in exporting local church ministries to the far ends of the earth.

So here’s an opportunity for you. I want to invite you to partner with Within Reach Global through your prayer and financial giving. We are going to places in Southeast Asia where people have still never heard the name of Jesus.

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David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
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