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2018 Missions Conference

A Heart for the Lost: Moved by God's Mission

More than a billion people still have no access to the gospel. About a quarter of the world’s people groups have no church and no active Christian witness. They are lost, “without hope and without God” (Eph 2:12).

But their lostness is not a result of having rejected the good news of salvation in Christ. They have never heard the gospel. More than that, there is currently no way for them to hear the gospel or see it lived out. They do not know any Christians or anyone who knows a Christian. There are simply no churches in their neighbourhoods or towns that speak their language. This is the case, for example, for tens of millions of Pashtun in Pakistan and Afghanistan, for most of the world’s seven million Tibetans, and for hundreds of millions of people from unreached Hindu groups in India.

The challenge of taking the gospel to these lost people who currently have no access to the gospel is huge - overwhelming even. But to ignore the lost is to ignore God’s heart, his love for the lost. No matter where he has placed us, or what ministry he has given us, we have a role in God’s mission. He has called us to make his love and power known everywhere so that people from every single tribe and language are brought into his family through Christ. 

At the 2018 Missions Conference we enjoyed a rich diversity of experienced speakers who opened up God's word as well as showed us ways we can play our role in God's mission. 

"May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you." Psalm 67:3


Dr Tim Chester is the pastor of Grace Church, Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire and a faculty member of Crosslands Training. He was previously Research and Policy Director for Tearfund and adjunct tutor in missiology at Cliff College. Tim is married to Helen, and they have two daughters. He is the author of over thirty books on theology and mission, including Mission Matters, Revelation for You, Mission and the Coming of God, and Total Church.

Byung-Kook and his wife Boin are Korean missionaries who served in the Gambia for a little over a decade before moving back to Korea to launch the Korean sending branch of WEC. They now serve as Directors of International Mission Mobilisation for WEC. This involves mobilising missionaries in new mission sending countries such as India, China, Philippines, Egypt, Romania, and Vietnam. Kook has written about his experiences of cross-cultural mission in his book Untold Stories of Missionary Yoo.

Brian and his family have lived and served among a Muslim Unreached People Group in SE Asia for the last 16 years. They have shared the gospel with a vision to see communities of faith in Christ established. Over these years they have seen God use them to establish, train and mentor a team of both foreign and national believers to serve the unreached. They are currently serving as the Field Leaders overseeing teams among the unreached in SE Asia. 


Tim Chester's and Byung Kook Yoo's talks can be purchased for $5/talk at our online store

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