You don’t have to go halfway around the world to find “unreached people groups”; they are right in your city. The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most spiritually needy, neglected mission fields in America. This is not exactly the place where many American missionaries and evangelists want to come though. My prayer is that God would raise up more laborers from His church that already resides here among the 7.4 million people. Here are a few urban “unreached people groups” that the Lord has put on my heart. How many more do you see in your city?
-High school students. Most have been raised by secular parents in our pagan culture and in the Humanistic-Relativistic-Nihilistic-New Age government school system. They have never heard any Truth from God’s Word much less the Gospel. I also must include here, churched kids who attend ‘fun and entertainment’ oriented modern Evangelical churches or ecumenical Liberal churches that do not believe or teach the Bible. These kids go to church but they have not heard the Gospel.
-The hidden, forgotten and “unwanted” ones: the homeless people who live out of shopping carts, in cardboard boxes, and under the freeways and city streets. They suffer from a myriad of spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, medical and economic problems. They need our love and care. But more than clothes, food and health care, they need Jesus the Deliverer.
-Runaway street teens who have left home, school and parents to wander the urban jungle.
-People from all the nations; for the world has come to us. America’s cities are some of the world’s most strategic mission fields in the world since they are destinations for people from all over the globe, including the world’s most closed and dangerous countries. It is so exciting to meet a businessperson, professional or university student who has come from some closed nation on the other side of the earth. Every day I see dozens of new people from Mexico, Central America, India, China, North Africa and the Middle East. No airplane ticket or visa necessary to go to them! You can bring the Gospel to the unreached Internationals in your city.