When it comes to unreached peoples, most often we think about areas in Africa and Asia where there are little to no Christians and perhaps even intense persecution of Christians. Accordingly, when it comes to engaging these people, we envision the Jamie’s and Lauren’s of the world who are called to learn a different language, fly across the ocean, and spend their lives immersed in a strange, new place.
But what if I told you that we don’t need to travel across the seas, learn a new language, or cross any significant cultural barriers to reach the unreached? Would you believe me if I told you that we have an unreached people group right here in America? The truth is that we do, and they’re located in Salt Lake City,Utah.
Salt Lake City is a thoroughly religious city, but it is not a Christian city. Over two million people reside here however, only around 2% are evangelical. Mormonism can be confusing because Mormons tend to act likeChristians, have similar values to Christians, and even claim to be Christians, but make no mistake about it, they are not.
There is no hope in Mormonism. Mormons believe where they go when they die depends upon their beliefs and their works in this life. We believe it is not about what we do but what has been done. God reconciled us to himself through Christ’s atoning work on the cross by his grace, not our works (Eph. 2:8-9). This summer we have an opportunity to go and assist a church as they share the gospel of hope and truth from June 28-July 5.I know summer is crazy busy, but this is a wonderful opportunity to be part of reaching the unreached right here in America. I hope you’ll pray about participating with us!