"We have not been obedient to God's perspective and God is calling us back to obedience to His intentional view, His original plan was for the gospel to be preached to every tribe, every tongue and every nation," said Pastor Samuel Telemaque, Adventist Mission director for the church in Inter-America and organizer of the summit.
It's about being the voice for the unreached, added Telemaque.
"Adventist Mission is seeking to give a voice to be an advocate for these people in terms of giving attention and sharing the gospel," he explained "It's the organization looking in terms of its resources, in terms of redirecting some of its financial resources, human resources towards reaching these people."
Throughout the summit, Pastor Telemaque
stressed that "God needs voices in the church that will become serious advocates for reaching the unreached."
Awareness comes from answering the "how to" reach unreached people groups through the various expositions and presentations, according to Pastor Telemaque
From the summit, the IAD
will soon conduct a contextual analysis of the territory in terms of identifying all the unreached people groups in their linguistic structure, according to Pastor Telemaque
Take Guatemala with its 26 Mayan tribes, each one speaking a different language, with only six tribes penetrated with the gospel, the challenge is major, he
Other plans include designing each church to use two percent of their membership as specially trained laypeople who will live among the people groups in un-entered territory, an approach which is completely different training from evangelism, said Telemaque
Pastor Telemaque, who holds a Masters degree in inter-cultural studies and is pursuing a PhD. in Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary, is not concerned about the "massive resistance, the massive opposition that reaching people groups may bring.
continues to be optimistic about the future of Adventist Mission
"Our church [in the IAD] is going to continue growing in terms of quality, and grow the edges of the Division, the edges, its outskirts, its frontiers not touched."
Entering large cities like Bogota and Medellin in Colombia, Caracas in Venezuela, and Monterrey in Mexico as well as Mexico City will prove a huge challenge, so the church will have to depend on God, said Telemaque
, and focus on God's perspective of reaching every community.
"It will take moving with passion and conviction," he
Pastor Samuel Telemaque, Inter-America's Adventist Mission director speaks to dozens of church leaders on the need for a need for an accurate contextual analysis of territory to identify all the unreached people groups in their linguistic structure.