A news release about the prayer wall
provides this background:
"Because we live in a church saturated culture where Bibles can be
accessed on our phones and there are churches on every corner, it is
difficult to grasp that 2.7 billion people in the world have
never heard the name of Jesus, have no access to a Bible, have no
missionary, and may never hear the Gospel. Researchers have
identified around 7,000 people groups with a total population of 2.7
billion as being unreachedóthis is approximately 40% of the
world's population! (source/resource
"All of these
numbers can seem like random statistics. What if there was a way to
visualize the enormity of the task of reaching all of these people
with the life-changing message of the Gospel? Imagine a 60 ft. wall
containing a list of the 1,587 largest unreached people groups. This
wall is called the Unleashed for the Unreached Prayer Wall
and helps to make the enormous task before us of reaching the world
for Christ visually memorable and calls believers to prayer."
According to the
Unleashed for the Unreached
website, the campaign was launched at the 2011 North American
Christian Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, when the convention
president, Dudley Rutherford, delivered his keynote address on the
evening of July 5, 2011. "He asked churches everywhere to partner
together to form networks that would boldly tackle the problem of
getting the word out to unreached people groups and cities still
uninformed about the Good News of Jesus Christ," the website says.
The initiative connects local
churches with unreached peoples and cities, facilitated by trained
project fulfillment specialists, peer mentoring and prayer.
of Unreached Peoples" has been featured at the North American
Christian Convention and the International Conference on Missions.
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When the wall is at Lincoln Christian
Church from Wednesday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Nov. 27, there
will be multiple opportunities for visitors to interact with the
prayer wall. Scheduled activities include:
Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.
-- "Aha" moment with Dr. Wayne Shaw
Saturday, Nov. 23, from 6
to 7:45 p.m. -- "Unleashed for the Unreached" seminar with
Doug Lucas, team expansion president
Sunday, Nov. 24, at 8:15, 9:30 and
11 a.m. -- Doug Lucas will preach.
Open time for prayer -- Saturday,
9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Additional prayer opportunities
for individuals and groups will be available throughout the
week. For more information or to schedule a time to come,
contact Lincoln Christian Church 217-732-7618.
Those who can't come to the events
are invited to check out the resources on
http://www.joshuaproject.net/, where people can get a daily
email reminder to pray about an unreached people group and find out
more information about unreached peoples. Those who would like to
commit to praying for a specific unreached people group can visit
the website, http://www.u4theu.com/,
and find a
form under contacts. Follow
Unleashed for the Unreached or
- Joshua Project on Facebook.