This interactive map tracks global city population shifts and forecasts over time. Click the ‘play’ button at the top or move the slider to change the date; double-click a country to zoom in or use the search box to hone in on a city and see a graph of its population over time.The world is moving from rural setting to booming urban cities. This urban migration reality presents missionaries and missional thinkers with an incredible new opportunity to reach unreached people groups through urban mission.

I have written about this before. Here’s an except:“I have spent some serious time on rural Chinese mountain tops with Within Reach Global, hours conversing with former headhunting tribes and ethnic minorities and unreached people groups. Real life people kind of ministry, where life rubs off onto life, and handshakes and hugs and smiles ensue. Conversations usually take place over wok fried leafy greens and spicy oil based mystery meat, followed by the inevitable and notorious Mao’s Revenge.

But now I find myself considering a paradigm shift in the way we reach unreached people groups at Within Reach Global.”

See that full conversation at Reaching Unengaged People Groups Through Urban Mission.

At Within Reach Global, we are now focused on reaching unreached people groups in China’s urban settings.

Here’s a good read: This Infographic About China’s Fake Urbanization Shows How Unreached People Groups Are Flooding To Cities

What is God’s Global Urban Mission? from Redeemer City to City on Vimeo.

Have you considered how massive urban migrations are changing the world? Have you considered a shift in the way you reach the unreached? What active steps are you taking to reach unreached people groups in urban settings?

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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