RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Seeing some of the faces and names of 6,426 people groups unreached by the Gospel -- like the Warnang of Sudan -- gave college student Kaci Dills a sense of urgency to do something.
While attending a collegiate ministry event at LifeWay's Glorieta Conference Center in New Mexico, Dills and other students stopped at the International Mission Board's display booth bearing this year's Lottie Moon Christmas Offering theme, "Are we there yet?" There, students saw the "Getting There" challenge to reach the ends of the earth with the Gospel -- a large wall covered with tan stickers bearing the names of people groups that are fewer than 2 percent evangelical Christian. Those who visited the IMB booth were challenged to pick a sticker and start a journal via imb.org/gettingthere to pray for the unreached people group.
"God has burdened my heart," said Dill, a junior at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, who plucked the Warnang people group sticker from the display wall.
"Now I see them more as brothers and sisters, rather than strangers across the world," added Dill, a member of Western Meadows Baptist Church in Durant, Okla. "I hope to visit them someday."
Many of the people groups represented by at the IMB booth do not have access to Bibles. They have no churches. There are no missionaries working among them.
The "Are we there yet?" display helps students put their hands on something tangible to help them relate to the prayer need, said Suzanne Lillard, associate director of collegiate ministries for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
"This generation needs to feel like 'I'm doing something that's going to impact the world,'" Lillard said. "The more individually connected a student can get, the better it is for them." Read More