Jan 08: World, The Unfinished Task - Religious Systems

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Geography

Area: 134,940,000 sq km

Antarctica, with 14 million sq km, is not included.

Population: 6,908,000,000    Annual Growth: 1.20%

Urbanites: 51%

Peoples

    Languages: 6,909

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians2,229,951,31532.291.2
Evangelicals545,886,8187.92.6

Answer to Prayer

Aid, development and charity work across the globe escalated through the 1980s and 1990s and continue in this decade. The civil sector (NGOs) is now the eighth-largest economy in the world, worth over $1 trillion per year globally. Praise God that, more than before, the needs of the most vulnerable and needy are being addressed. Also give thanks for:

a) A more holistic understanding of evangelical mission within the Church. Ministry that cares for orphans and widows, uplifts the poor, brings liberty to the oppressed and sets captives free reflects the heart of God, the values of the Scriptures and the role of the Church. Caring for the downtrodden and vulnerable and demonstrating practically Christ’s love are increasingly — and rightly — the focused activities of evangelical ministry. At many times, evangelicals in particular have lacked a healthy balance of spiritual ministry and practical ministry (as if the purposes of God could be so easily compartmentalized!). Give thanks for the Church’s increasing understanding that Christ’s Kingdom can and must transform every aspect of life and community.

b) Doors to many places and peoples previously closed are open to aid workers, educators, technical tradesmen and virtually any other occupation. Believers have opportunities to enter countries and serve with NGOs, to see redemptive changes occur in communities, to collaborate with other altruistic-minded people and organizations. Just as significant are the opportunities to present an excellent witness for God’s transforming love through practical assistance to those in need.
Pray that this global trend might continue to pave roads for the spread of the gospel to those among whom Christians wish to serve, to non-Christians labouring alongside Jesus’ followers and to community and government leaders who are themselves potentially great change-makers for the Kingdom of God.

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The Unfinished Task - Religious Systems

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Challenge for Prayer

The unfolding of future global faith. Cultural influence, proselytism and birthrates would indicate that global religious dominance will be contested by three main forces – Christianity, Islam and non-religion. All other faiths are limited to a specific region and/or are not growing. Non-religious people tend to have the lowest birthrates, but the trend toward secularization in many parts of the world has sustained and even swelled their numbers. Proportionately, few convert to Islam, but high birthrates and low apostasy rates have propelled Islam to 22.9% of the human population. Christianity has declined slightly from 34.5% in 1900 to 32.3% in 2010. The precipitous decline of the past 30 years in Europe has been offset by growth in Asia and Africa. Where it does occur, Christian growth has been from both conversion and natural birthrates.

     For an additional 11 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

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