EPILOGUE

12/23/16 

The original thesis presented in the Preface was "There are people groups in the United States who are beyond the sound of the gospel." Perhaps a better case was made for some groups than others, but one thing is certain--there are far more who cannot hear the Good News than we had imagined.

No longer can we plead ignorance. The truth is that the evidence presented in this volume is only the tip of the iceberg. May the reader be challenged to examine the various segments of his own community to determine which groups are not being evangelized.

If your local groups are all being evangelized, then expand your research to the nearest urban area. You'll not need to look further, for there are numerous people groups in each North American city who cannot hear because of language or other cultural barriers.

What can you the reader do to help? Discover a people group that needs to be evangelized. Reread the chapter (and any other information available. The Internet is a great resource) that addresses that group, then discuss the need with your pastor or congregation. You might contact the mission organizations (listed at the end of each chapter) to learn how to reach that group and invite an organization to present a seminar in your church on how to witness to the people group you want to reach. Then order Bibles in their language or download on the Smart Phone, or tracts or Bible correspondence courses for distribution especially prepared with that group in mind.

If perchance the group speaks another language, contact a mission to learn of missionaries your church could sponsor to reach that community. One of your own church family could be challenged to consider this group for missionary service. The church could send that one to Bible college for training and then support their ministry.

Another effective outreach is through radio or television programs prepared for a particular people group such as the Jesus Film. Special prayer cells could be organized to focus attention on the group's needs.

Using such publications as the Daily Bread devotional as an 'ice breaker' to start a conversation is very effective. Be sure to write out your own personal testimony and memorize it, so you will be "prepared to give an abswer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have" ]1 Peter 3:15].

Discover whether or not your local church has a philosophy of missions. If not, make sure it does not neglect those in your community or county who will not hear the gospel without missionary assistance. If you do not have a philosophy of missions policy, write to this author for a free sample and advice on establishing such a policy.

If your church does, or does not have an annual missionary conference, again this author would be happy to encourage and guide you in establishing such a program or missionary emphasis, that will enlarge your vision of the whitened harvest fields everywhere, beginning in your own community. If church finances seem to be a hindrance, try the Faith Promise system for financing the missions program. It is a wonderful program.

May we all see this world as God sees it and do something about it.