Here are just a few of the highlights of the upcoming festival:
Sunday, October 9—6:00p.m.
Friday, October 14—7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 15—9:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 16
8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.—Guest preacher Dr. David Sills preaches in all morning services, missionaries participate in services and visit classes for all ages
6:00 p.m.—Evening service includes missionary testimonies and commissioning of new missionaries
7:00 p.m. Global Café—Desserts, missions videos and up-close time with missionaries
Although 70% of the world's population has heard the gospel in some form, 30% of the world (two billion people) has had virtually no exposure to the gospel message. As a result, there exists 1,600 people groups in which less than 2% of their population is evangelical Christian. The majority of these least-reached peoples live in areas of religious restriction, with great language and cultural barriers to the spread of the gospel.
For the past 25 years, our missions policy has explicitly stated our intention to give priority to those areas in which the opportunity for hearing the gospel is relatively small. Today some of the largest least-reached people groups are found in India, China, Pakistan, Yemen, Indonesia, Iran, Tunisia and Vietnam.
5% congregational growing through the personal witness of our members.
10% of our members going as missionaries.
25% of our congregation engaged in outreach to the foreign born.
50% of church giving directed to missions.
50% of our adult members experiencing a STAMP trip.
100% of our congregation praying for our missionaries and the unreached.
100% of our congregation rallying under our commitment to the gospel and missions.
Out of every dollar of Christian giving to all causes, less than one penny goes toward pioneer church planting among unreached peoples.