By the end of 2017 there will be tentmakers or missionaries working among all the world’s people groups, thinks Paul Eshleman. – Jesus command to reach all peoples with the Gospel is soon to be fulfilled, says the former director of the Jesus Film Project.
Paul Eshleman has in recent years turned his attention towards an ambitious project: the “Finishing the Task” Movement. Its aim is to introduce Christian workers to every unengaged people group in the world-all by the end of 2017.
For Eshleman, short-term missions simply does not make the cut when it comes to pursuing the Movement’s vision:
– We want to make clear it’s not just people going for a week, but people with an ongoing commitment, incarnating the life of Jesus among them, he says. Whether missionaries or tentmakers, the Movement seeks to place “at least one full-time worker for every 50,000 people in each people group, just to get started.”
According to a news article published by Assist News Service, Eshleman describes the work ahead as an enormous challenge. Believers everywhere have however readily risen to accept it. Significant progress has been made since Eshleman first set out on this endeavor in 2005-approximately 1,585 groups around the world have received their very first workers.
– Since , 17,543 full time workers have been sent to these groups. About 81% are nationals from the country, indigenous workers. They planted 76,292 churches and report 1,579,000 new believers, says Eshleman.
He underlines that we cannot consider the Great Commission to be fulfilled even if there are Christians living and working in every people group.
– I am aware that many engaged people groups are under-engaged. We need more workers for the Urdus and many other groups. We need to encourage people to go where no one else has gone and we need to get more workers for the groups that have been engaged, concludes Eshleman.