These three areas underpin our purpose:
God created man and woman in His image in order that He could have a relationship with people. Through people disobeying God, sin and death came into the world. This broke the relationship between God and men. But God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth. Through Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, all who believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. This is the gospel that restores the relationship with God again. This is the good news!
To start reading the gospel, go to: Gospel of Luke
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6
Christ, the Son of God, has commanded all believers to bring the good news to the ends of the world, also known as the great commission which we read in Matthew 28:18-20. Unfortunately, this ‘delivery’ has not yet fully happened. In fact, almost one-third of the world’s population has not yet heard the good news. We are thankful that the Lord has chosen us, despite our mistakes and shortcomings, to bring the good news to the ends of the world. Hope from Above has a God-given task and counts on God’s provision for breakthrough and success. Our task is to use aviation and technology to help spread the good news, where people are inaccessible and unreached.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
A people group is considered unreached when they do not know about the gospel of Christ. It is estimated that nearly one-third of the world’s population is still considered unreached. However, many of these people could access the good news if they wanted to. They can listen to the radio, watch TV, browse online using the Internet, walk to a local church, or purchase a Bible. We believe it is important to pray for such groups, that they will be moved in their hearts to take initiative to seek and find the truth of the good news.
However, some of the unreached people groups living in isolation do not have these options and couldn’t access the good news even if they were seeking the truth. We feel called specifically to these people in our work with Hope from Above.
Reasons for isolation
Such isolation can have many reasons, but to list a few:
- Geographical isolation – Due to remoteness people can remain unreached. In some cases, various regions still need to be surveyed to see if there are people groups located in that area. Infrastructure also plays a key role, such as the absence of roads, bridges, airstrips or rivers to navigate boats.
- Ethnical or legislative isolation – Such as a caste system or laws preventing owning a Bible and following the Christian faith.
- Language barriers – There are at least 1770 languages that have no translation of any part of the Bible.
Often the reasons for isolation are a combination of many factors, which is why we invest heavily in research and take an innovative approach in using aviation and technology.
To gain an understanding of the circumstances and conditions an isolated and unreached people group might live in, watch the video below produced by New Tribes Mission.
Awayo – Fear to Faith. Produced by New Tribes Mission (c), Oct 2009.