For All Nations, the term “neglected peoples” has always meant a people that did not have access to the Gospel. It does not refer to how poor they are in other ways or to any physical lack. We are concerned with those things too, but our first priority is to look around the world and see where people have never had a chance to hear about Jesus and then to go to those places…At the end of the day, we long to see Jesus worshipped all over the earth, and we hope our people go to places where we can help see this in our lifetime.
For the Chinese, 2018 is the year of the dog. But for All Nations, this is the Year of the Starfish. The starfish is a most amazing creature. If you cut a starfish in half, it does not die. It is not incapacitated or limbless. Instead, it multiplies into two starfish.
As each new year begins, I set aside time to meditate on the mission statement of All Nations. I usually pray through the mission statement at least once daily, but at the new year, it’s good to step back and ask the question, “How can I uniquely be involved in making disciples and training leaders to ignite church planting movements among the neglected peoples of the earth?”