How Will They Hear?

“How will they believe in whom they have not heard?” Romans 10:14b

Can you imagine what it would be like to grow up in a village where there was no access to the Good News of Jesus? Not a place where people have heard the message of Christ and rejected. A place with no witness to the Gospel. A where you would live your entire life without even having an opportunity to consider following Jesus. That describes the Wadi people.*

The Wadi people are a people group of almost a million who find their home in the Arabian Peninsula. Ten years ago, there was not even a single Jesus Follower among them. Today there are a few dozen of them, but they are spread out among hundreds of cities and towns. The vast majority of Wadi people will live and die without even hearing about Jesus once in their lives. They epitomize Romans 10:14: “How will they believe in whom they have not heard?”

As Jesus Followers, what do we do with that reality? Do we ignore it because it is too painful? Do we slide into despair because it seems impossible? Or do we do what Jesus did and ask the God of the universe to move on their behalf (Matt. 9:36-38)?

Today, let’s go before our Heavenly Father on behalf of the Wadi People and plead for:

• God to protect and embolden the tiny Christian community within the Wadi people,

• God to call out Jesus Followers from other people groups to come and bring the Gospel to Wadi people communities with no access to the Gospel,

• God to break through the tremendous barriers (fear, hostility, ignorance) in individual lives and draw Wadi people to faith in Jesus.

The Journey Starts Here

“Probably the hardest thought of all for our natural egotism to entertain is that God does not need our help. We commonly represent Him as a busy, eager, somewhat frustrated Father hurrying about seeking help to carry out His benevolent plan to bring peace and salvation to the world… The God who worketh all things surely needs no help and no helpers.” – A.W. Tozer, Knowledge of the Holy 

This might shock you, but God does not need anything from you. Let that sink in for a moment. He spoke our entire universe into existence… out of nothing. He knows the name of every human being on this planet.. all seven-plus billion of them. And He has purposes that He has been accomplishing throughout history… which pre-date the foundations of the world. 

And yet, for some reason, He has chosen to include us in His plan. The Lord does that first by inviting us into His family through faith in Jesus Christ. Taking that step leads us into a whole new view of the world around us. We long for every person to have the same joy and freedom we have found. We long for our God to receive the worship He deserves from every person. These desires are the heart of the mission.

But no point in the process does God say He has left us on our own to finish His work. In fact, the most famous passage about the mission of God in all the Bible closes with the words, "I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matt. 28:20b). Apart from the movement of the Spirit of God, our mission efforts, no matter how noble will fail.

This brings us to prayer. Prayer is, at the same time, an expression of our utter desperation and our absolute confidence. We don’t pray because there is nothing we can do. We pray because there is nothing God can’t do.

So, as you start this journey of pleading with the Lord for unreached peoples and places, begin by reminding yourself that this is a conversation with the omnipotent God of the universe. The nations are already on His heart. And is inviting you to join the work through prayer.

“How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever.”

— Psalm 146:5-6