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The Great Omission


About The Great Omission

2,000 years ago, Jesus gave the church what is now known as the Great Commission, to “Go and make disciples of all nations…“ (Matt 28:19). Yet after 2 millennia, one third of our planet, more than 2 billion people, have yet to hear about Jesus for the first time.

The Great Commission may be considered the mission of the church, but it has been omitted; that is, it’s been 1) left out or excluded, either intentionally or forgetfully, and the church has 2) failed or neglected to do it, left it undone. How can that be?

Of all the giving to the church, only 0.3% (30p out of every £100) is used to take the gospel to unreached areas (areas that the gospel hasn’t been preached before). We use 96.8% of our resources on ourselves and to reach the Christian part of our world.*


The Great Omission

Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

The greatest competition for fulfilling the Great Commission, though, isn’t the needs of our local churches, but love of this world. Our treasure is often spent on things of this world; things that won’t last like shoes, coffee and dog food.

We are finite beings with finite resources; there’s a reason why Jesus said that we couldn’t love both God and money. He knew that we would omit one or the other from our lives.

The Great Omission is a call to turn the tables. It’s a call to omit some of the world from our lives so that the Great Commission won’t be omitted. It’s a commitment to omission.

Together, we can accomplish the Great Commission in our lifetime.

  • 2 billion people are still unreached with the gospel
  • 97 percent of the world’s unreached lives in the 10/40 Window, a rectangular shaped area extending from West Africa to East Asia
  • Over 500,000 villages in South Asia have no ongoing Christian witness
  • Over 80,000 die every day in Asia without ever hearing the gospel
  • More than 80 percent of Asian countries do not allow western missionaries to come and freely preach the Gospel and plant churches


About Gospel for Asia

Gospel for Asia is an evangelical Christian mission organisation gripped with the reality of 80,000 people dying apart from Christ every day, never once given the chance to hear the Gospel. Since its founding in 1979, the primary aim of GFA’s ministry has been to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who have never before heard His name. Gospel for Asia currently helps to support thousands of national missionaries in Asian nations including India, Nepal, and Burma. It maintains eight supporting offices and its UK headquarters are in Manchester.

Gospel for Asia trains and sends national missionaries because they have proven extremely effective. They are already familiar with the language and culture, and they live at the level of the people they serve, thus removing many social barriers. Besides bringing the Gospel, these missionaries also help break the cycle of poverty for the poor, reach out to the oftenneglected women of Asia and demonstrate the compassion of Christ through ministries such as Jesus Wells, leprosy ministry and disaster relief.