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Global Great Commission Network Update
November 2019  Newsletter # 26
Greetings  

As we prepare to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the Tokyo 2010 Global Mission Consultation in 2020, we share in this newsletter part 3 of 4 of Dr. Marvin Newell's review of the Tokyo Declaration.  

Dr. Newell's part 3 article includes a summary statement:

The declaration calls on all believers, everywhere, to boldly join together in concerted efforts to make disciples of peoples in every unreached/minimally reached/superficially reached/partially reached people groups and areas of the world.  It recognized "that finishing the task will demand effective cooperative efforts of the entire body of believers."

That statement was true 10 years ago and remains true today.  We rejoice that progress is being made.  Let's increase our levels of commitment and cooperation until we together cross the finish line.

We also continue our series on GGCN Core Values.  Included in this issue are values of Local Expressions in a Global Movement and Ethnic Diversity, Championing Equality in Great Commission Endeavors.
Revisiting the Tokyo Declaration:  Part 3 of 4
by Marvin Newell, GGCN Steering Committee Member and Tokyo Declaration Principle Author
 
Since the Day of Pentecost, devoted followers of Christ have been avidly taking the message of the gospel across continents, countries and cultures. Yet after 2000 years, the quest to fulfill Christ's commission has gone uncompleted. This is so even though there has been no greater effort in the history of mankind that compares in scope and expenditure to this undertaking. Literally hundreds of thousands of messengers have gone forth, billions of dollars expended, and innumerable prayers offered on its behalf. Over the centuries hundreds of vibrant regional sending centers emerged and then disappeared as zeal for mission waxed and waned. Through it all, the propagation of the gospel has continued unbroken and unabated. Sadly however, the task remains uncompleted.
 
The Tokyo Declaration fixes our eyes on finishing the task. Rather than being ambivalent as to our desired outcome, the document makes clear what our final goal is. It states the following...
 
Although none dare predict when the task of making disciples will be brought to completion, we leave Tokyo cognizant of two realities:
 
1) We are closer now to finishing the task than in any time in history.
 
2) God has entrusted this generation with more opportunities and resources to complete the task than any previous one. We have more mission-minded churches, more sending structures and bases, more missionaries, more material resources, more funding, more and better technology, more information and data, a deeper understanding of the task, and a clearer focus of our responsibility than previous generations. God will require much of our generation.
 
Yet, at this moment, 3.1 billion people, or 40% of the world's population remain unreached. By unreached we use a recently refined definition by David Platt: " Unreached peoples and places are those among whom Christ is largely unknown and the church is relatively insufficient to make Christ known in its broader population without outside help."    Also, recently there has been proposed that those who are the least touched by the gospel be nuanced as " Frontier Peoples."
 
The following are interesting newer statistics about unreached people groups (UPGs) from Joshua Project  Of the 17,072 people groups in the world by country:
  • 7,101 are considered least-reached / unreached
  • 1,200 are considered minimally reached
  • 1,796 are considered superficially reached
  • 3,740 are considered partially reached
In light of these statistics, the Declaration calls on all believers, everywhere, to boldly join together in concerted efforts to make disciples of peoples in every unreached/minimally reached/superficially reached/partially reached people groups and areas of the world. It recognizes "that finishing the task will demand effective cooperative efforts of the entire global body of believers." How that will be done is made clear in the up-coming final visit of the Declaration.
GGCN Core Values Numbers 4 and 5
 
Local Expressions in a Global Movement

GGCN is a part of a Global mission movement. However our desire is to see connection, communication, and collaboration occurring on a local, grassroots level. 
 
Ethnic Diversity, Championing Equality in Great Commission Endeavors

The Tokyo Declaration acknowledges that, "Missions is no longer the predominant domain of Western Christianity." We rejoice that today 's mission force is global in composition, bearing a diversity of thought, practice and resources that enriches and energizes Christ's global Cause as never before." We believe every voice is equally important.
Closing

Look for further updates focusing on the vision of Tokyo 2010 from GGCN with newsletters in January and March 2020.  It is our encouragement that you consider further involvement in this follow-up effort to the 2010 event.  You can do that by revisiting  the Tokyo Declaration.  Consider " signing" the Tokyo Declaration yourself  here .  Begin the process of finding out how you can connect with others on local, grassroots levels to boldly join together in concerted efforts to make disciples in every unreached groups and areas of the world.  A broad variety of involvement is needed from a host of volunteers in varied roles.  As the Lord speaks to you, please contact us at info@ggcn.org.

Many Blessings!

David Hupp, for the GGCN Global Steering Team

ps - for Tokyo 2010 delegates, if you haven't sent us your testimony of the impact of Tokyo 2010 in your lives and ministry, there is still time.  We'd love to hear from you and we'd love to share your testimony.
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