<p><img src="https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/missio-graphics/Volume+2/missiographic_ResearchAction.jpg" alt="" width="800" /></p> <p><a href="https://missionexus.org/research-that-leads-to-action/"><strong>Research that Leads to Action</strong></a><br />Research information, no matter how accurate or extensive, can never be the “silver bullet” to complete the mission task, but ignorance is never an advantage. Thank God for these amazingly researched resources, pray for those who continue to refine them, and use them so you know where you should go and what to do when you get there.</p>
Have you ever wanted to pray for a country, but didn’t know what they needed prayer for? Do you know how many people do not have access to a Bible in their own language? What areas of the world have the most unreached people? How can you learn more about these topics to become more informed in your personal journey of faith and evangelism? These research initiatives will provide you with great prayer resources for people around the world along with credible sources of facts, knowledge, and learning. Consider signing up to receive the Operation World country of the day, reading some of the Encyclopedia of World Christianity, learning more about unreached people groups and ministries that work towards reaching them, and setting aside time to pray for these specific things. Not only will these research projects provide great insights into ways to pray, but they can also be a motivating factor in your personal ministry decisions.
Engaging the Church
The Global Church has already been moved to action by these five research projects, but that doesn’t mean they have no further use. These resources are constantly being updated and providing reliable information that the Church can use to fuel missions, prayer, support, and teaching. When those in the Church become more knowledgeable on these topics, they can make more informed and impactful decisions on how to respond to their calling. How might you use Operation World to call your church to prayer for the nations? In what areas around the world is your church working right now, and how might you better support and pray for those efforts? What are some ways your church can better care for its missionaries? After looking at some of these resources, what are some possible sermon topics that would be beneficial for your congregation? Consider exploring these research projects further and thinking of ways your church can help inform others or make better ministry decisions.
Whether your organization is in missions, research, support, services, or something else, these research projects can be extremely valuable to you. There is so much information out there that is not being utilized in ministry. How can your organization better assess your current efforts and plan accordingly for the future? We want to encourage you to incorporate these projects into the decision-making process for your organization. Decisions without accurate information are less likely to be effective. If you are a mission organization, seriously think and pray through signing up for The Engage study to assess how well you serve and resource field staff. If linguistics, Bible translation, or something similar speaks to your agency, take a look at the Ethnologue. Look over each of these key research projects and determine which ones are applicable to your organization and can help you serve the world better.
|1||Operation World, 7th Edition, Copyright 2010, pg. 91|
|2||World Christian Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition Copyright 2001, The status of Christianity and religions in the modern world, pg. 3|
|3||http://joshuaproject.net/global_statistics, accessed 11/3/14|
|4||http://www.ethnologue.com/statistics/status, Oct. 31, 2014|
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