Sunday, March 11, 2012

What do Halloween costumes for pets and world missions have in common?

Americans spent the same amount of money in 2011 on Halloween costumes for their pets that they gave to unreached peoples missions - $310 million.  This $310 million (going toward UPG’s) represents only 0.001% of the $30.5 trillion income of Christians.  Another way to look at it is for every $100,000 that Christians make, they give $1 to the unreached. So it begs the question - is it God's fault that the unreached are still unreached with the Gospel, or it is the fault of Christians?  Who knows, if you don't want to deal with the facts, and adjust your life accordingly, you just might end up writing a book like "Love Wins" to justify your non-involvement in this staggering reality.

Detailed statistical breakdown from The Traveling Team below:

World Wide

World Population: 6.83 Billion (
  • 6,928,198,253 - as of July 2011 according to the CIA World Factbook, accessed December 14, 2011 at
  • Median age - total: 28.4 years
  • Life expectancy - total population: 67.07 years

Hey TTT, what is “7 Billion”?  Click below to read the whole thing, you won't be disappointed.

  • Seven billion seconds ago was 1789 - the year George Washington was inaugurated as the first U.S. president.
  • If you took 7 billion steps along the Earth's equator -- at 2 feet per step -- you could walk around the world at least 106 times.
  • Seven billion ants would weigh at least 23 tons (46,297 pounds).
  • When you are between 31 and 32 years old, you will have lived for 1 billion seconds. To reach 7 billion seconds, you would have to live to be 220 years old!
  • The Earth measures 24,900 miles around the middle. To travel 7 billion miles, you would have to circle the globe nearly 300,000 times.
Top ten most populous countries (in millions, July 2011, CIA world factbook)
  • China 1,336.72
  • India 1,189.17
  • United States 313.23
  • Indonesia 245.61
  • Brazil 203.43
  • Pakistan 187.34
  • Bangladesh 158.57
  • Nigeria 155.22
  • Russia 138.74
  • Japan 126.48
Internet Users: 2.1 Billion (2010 estimate)
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Unreached People Groups

Total People Groups: 16,750
Total Unreached People Groups: 6,921
Total Population of UPGs: 2.84 billion people
Total Percentage of world: UPG’s make up 40.6% of world population
Peoples-by-Country Individuals
All People Groups 16,750 6.83 billion
Unreached People Groups 6,921 2.84 billion
% Unreached Peoples 41.3% 41.5 %
10/40 Window Total 8,717 4.50 billion
10/40 Window Unreached 5,874 2.76 billion
10/40 Window % Unreached 67.4% 61.2 %

Unevangelized Peoples:

(Greater than 2% evangelical Christian but still great numbers of unsaved)
Total Population: 915,000,000
Total People Groups: 3,306
Total Percentage of world: the unevangelized make up 13.1% of world population

Reached Peoples:

(Majority Christian population)
Total Population: 3.1 billion
Total People Groups: 6,532
Total Percentage of world: the reached population makes up 44.3% of world population
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The “10/40 Window”

Most of the unreached people groups are located geographically in what some scholars call "The 10/40 Window" from West Africa across Asia between 10 degrees latitude north of the equator to 40 degrees north.
Total Population in 10/40: 4.5 billion people
Total People Groups in 10/40: 8,717 people groups
Total UPG's in 10/40: 5,874 Unreached People Groups totaling 2.75 billion people.
41.58% of all individuals
60% of unreached people groups live in countries closed to missionaries from North America.
1,047 of the unreached people groups are NOT in the 10/40 Window, these total 82,406,000 individuals.
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Major World Religions/Blocs

Animism: 206 Million (Operation World 2011)
2,800 People Groups
1,004 UPGs
2.9% of the world population
Hinduism: 1.028 Billion worldwide (
2,595 People Groups
2,314 UPG’s
14.7% of the world population
China: 1,291,622,000 individuals (
519 people groups
428 Unreached People Groups
18.6% of the world population
Islam: 1.537 Billion worldwide (
3,431 Total People Groups
2,854 UPG’s
22% of the world population
Buddhism: 621,789,000 individuals (
581 People Groups
449 UPGs
8.9% of world population
Christian: 2 Billion worldwide (all Catholic, Protestant, etc.
6,876 Total People Groups
7 UPG's
28.6% of the world population
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Christians of the World

Christian: 2 Billion worldwide (all Catholic, Protestant, etc.
6,876 Total People Groups
7 UPG's
28.6% of the world population
Evangelicals: Of the approximate 2 billion Christians in the world today, 648 million (11% of the world's population) are Evangelicals or Bible believing Christians. Evangelicals have grown from only 3 million in AD 1500, to 648 million worldwide, with 54% being Non-Whites.
In the Christian world, 4.19 million full-time Christian workers (95%) work within the Christian world. Frontier Harvest Ministries
There are 900 churches for every one unreached people group. (USCWM, Mission Frontiers, 2001)
There are 95,000 Evangelical Christians for every one unreached people group.
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Total Languages: 6,909 Languages
Largest languages (top 3) - Mandarin Chinese 12.44%, Spanish 4.85%, English 4.83%, (first language speakers)
About 4,400 languages are without Scripture portions available, with some 634,000,000 speakers. Translation projects are in progress in an estimated 1,600 languages that currently are without adequate Scriptures. There are about 2,500 languages needing Bible translation work to begin. (
Of the world's approximately 6,900 languages, 4,765 have at least one of the following: Bible portions, the Jesus Film, Christian radio, or Gospel recordings. Total speakers of these languages is 6.2 billion which represents over 95% of the world's population. 2,135 languages have none of these resources available, with about 195,000,000 speakers.
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Internationals in the USA

Total International students in the US: 889,266
(includes international students, scholars and Intensive English Program Students)
62% of internationals are from 10/40 Window countries.
Total Number of Students from 10/40 Window Countries studying in US: 451,568 from 68 Countries
Top 10 countries:
  1. China
  2. India
  3. South Korea
  4. Canada
  5. Taiwan
  6. Saudi Arabia
  7. Japan
  8. Vietnam
  9. Mexico
  10. Turkey

Hey TTT, Why reach out to internationals?

80% of those students will return to their countries having never been invited to an American home.
40% of the world's 220 Heads of State once studied in the US.
Only 10% of international students are reached by ministries while in the United States.
Internationals Students, origins:
Open Doors 2011 Fast Facts:
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Money and Missions

Annual Income of All Church Members: $30.5 trillion.
Annual income of Evangelical Christians is approximately $6.72 trillion.
Given to any Christian causes: $545 billion (1.8% of our income).
That’s also how much we spend in America on Christmas.
Given to Missions: $31 billion, (0.1%). That’s only 5.7% of the money given to Christian causes of any kind.
That’s also how much we spend in America on dieting programs.
Money that goes toward the Reached world: $26,970,000,000 (that means 87% of the money given to “Missions” goes to areas with “reached” status or access to the gospel already).
Money that goes toward Unreached Peoples: $310 million (that’s only 1% of what is given to “Missions.”).
That’s also how much Americans in 2011 spent on Halloween costumes (for their pets).
The $310 million (going toward UPG’s) is only .001% of the $30.5 trillion Income of Christians. (for every $100,000 that Christians make, they give $1 to the unreached.)

Hey TTT, what is “1 in 100,000”?

In terms of odds, those are the same chances you have of dying from a bee sting or from lighting. However, your dollar is just slightly more likely to make it to the unreached than the chances are of you being injured as an adult by a pogo stick.
Evangelical Christians could provide all of the funds needed to plant a church in each of the 6,900 unreached people groups with only 0.03% of their income.
The Church has roughly 3,000 times the financial resources and 9,000 times the manpower needed to finish the Great Commission.
If every evangelical gave 10% of their income to missions we could easily support 2 million new missionaries.
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Missionaries and Workers (Gordon Conwell, 2001)

All Missionaries in the World (Catholic, Protestant, etc.) 419,500 foreign missionaries
All Missionaries in the Reached World 316,500 foreign missionaries (75.4%)
All Missionaries in the Unevangelized World 103,000 foreign missionaries (24.6%)
All Missionaries in the Unreached World 10,200 foreign missionaries (2.4%)
Full time Christian Workers in the World 5.5 million workers
All Christian workers in the Reached World 4.19 million local workers (75.9%)
All Christian workers in the Unevangelized World 1.3 million local workers (23.7%)
All Christian workers in the Unreached World 20,500 local workers (0.37%)
The number of current UPG missionaries compared to the total 2 billion Christians in the world equals the same probability of being in a plane accident (.0005%).
The ratio of UPG workers the total unreached world is: 1 missionary for every 278,431 people
There are 95,000 Evangelical Christians for every one unreached people group.
There are roughly 15 million university students (2003).

Hey TTT, Is God to blame for not “Calling” People to Missions?

If everyone is obeying God’s “calling” to be a missionary wherever they are then God is calling 99.9995% of people to work among the 44.3% of the world population that already has the gospel, and calling virtually no one (.0005%) to relocate among the other 53.7% of the world population that are not Christian. You have a better chance of being in a plane crash than being one of the few missionaries to the unreached out of the total 2 billion Christians in the world.
In light of God’s word, this seems unfathomable and it appears to be almost complete disobedience on the part of the Church worldwide to go make disciples of all the nations. Financially we are hoarding 99.99% of our income to ourselves and what little is given is mostly directed toward reached people groups.
The current status quo is to do virtually nothing to reach the UPG’s of the world. The percentages of man-power and money focused on UPG’s are almost undetectable they are so small. The amount of resources that fall off the Christian table for unreached peoples is more comparable (I Googled it…) with the number of skin cells you lose over a month’s time: something hardly worth calling a sacrifice of the body.


Justin Long said...

Slight correction: it is 419,500 missionaries to the Christianized countries, 316,500 to the evangelized non-Christian (not unevangelized), and 10,200 to the unevangelized.

AT said...

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