We assume the need to cross language and cultural barriers when speaking about missions. The reason for this is that our church prioritizes sending our missionaries to unreached and unengaged people groups—those groups who have never heard the name of Jesus, there are no churches in their villages, and potentially there is not even a Christian among them. Most of us have seen the statistics about how much money and human resources are being spent in places where Christ has already been named and churches have already been planted. While I would not argue that there isn’t a work to be done in those places and that there are no valuable projects to be pursued, our conviction has become that of the apostle Paul: “…and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation” (Romans:15:20).
—Brian Murphy (Pastor, board member of Radius International).