Over the weekend, tragedy struck in the city of Korat, Thailand. A young Thai man, who was enlisted in the Thai military, took his weapon and opened fire on his peers in his barracks. He then fled to a local mall and began shooting shoppers and employees in the wall. The military and police quickly responded to the incident, and after a twelve hour standoff with multiple hostages taken, the young man was killed.
While all of this is indeed a tragedy, what is more tragic and heart-breaking is the fact that because 99.5% of the country of Thailand is non-Christian, it is highly unlikely that any of the people killed had ever heard the Gospel and accepted Christ. Let that sink in. That young man and all 29 of his victims have probably never ever had an opportunity to be saved and are in Hell today.
So this begs the question, what can you do to reach the country of Thailand with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
1. You can give. You can help send young men and women who are willing to give their lives to carry the gospel to Thailand. 2. You can pray. Pray for those of wa who are in Thailand, or preparing to go to Thailand, that God would strengthen and help us as we minister to the multitudes of lost people in Thailand. 3. You can go. We need more laborers in Thailand. There are 70 million people that need to hear the gospel, and we need help. We can’t do it alone. Maybe as you’re reading this you feel the urge to go and you’re first response is, “I can’t”. You’d be exactly right. YOU can’t. But, with God, all things are possible. If you would be willing to trust God, step up, and carry the Gospel to the lost in Thailand, please contact us at Vision Baptist Missions. We would be happy to talk to you and show you how to get from where you are now, to where God wants you on the field.
It would probably not be disputed that nearly everyone in the world has heard of New York City. It is the most popular city in the United States and one of the most popular cities in the world. It is the hub of trade and commerce for most of the economies on our planet. It is known for its size, grandeur, population, and history. Many around the world recognize New York City as a symbol of hope, prosperity, and an opportunity for success when they see our beloved Lady Liberty standing in her harbor. But there is something grim and far more important that Christians should see New York City as: a 304 square mile mission field within our own borders.
According to city-data.com, the current population of New York City is just over 8.5 million people, 48% of which say they haven’t been to church in the last six months as reported by the Barna group. That means that there are 4.1 million people in New York City who do not go to a church of any kind on a regular basis. Of the 8.5 million people in New York City, approximately 20% of them live in poverty. Out of the 4.4 million people who do go to church on a regular basis, 40% of them adhere to Catholicism. Other religions with large numbers of followers are: Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism and Mainline Protestants.
Continue to help us here at Vision pray that God will send us men who are willing to let us help them and send them to these large cities within our own borders that need churches planted and the Gospel preached. We are committed to seeing the evangelism of the world in this generation. We need men to plant churches here in our own country as well to make that happen.
Downtown Boston Massachusettes at Street with Old Buildings
What do you know about Boston Massachusetts?
Maybe you know that its where the Boston Tea Party happened in 1773, which eventually lead to the Revolutionary War in 1776.
Maybe you know that Boston is where Paul Revere took his famous ride to warn the citizens of the approaching British soldiers.
Maybe you even know some lesser known facts such as the fact that Boston was home to the very first Dunkin Donuts.
But what important things do you know about Boston?
Please allow me to share some things about Boston in the following paragraphs.
Downtown Boston is currently home to approximately 655,000 people. But the Boston Metro area boasts a population of just over 4.6 million people. Of these people, nearly half are Caucasian, 22 percent are African-American, 19 percent are Hispanic and 9 percent are Asian. Boston is considered very densely populated with 13,500 people per square mile. The Boston Metro area is now home to just over 4.6 million people with 53% of them being unchurched. Largest Catholic Church in Boston with 2,000 congregants each service
The average income in Boston in the year 2015 was just over $58k. the average rent in Boston is a little more than $1,400 per month which is considerably more than the national average of $1,000 per month. The cost of living in Boston is very high coming in at 45% more than the national average.
The most common professions for males in Boston are science and technical services and management positions, with the most common for females being healthcare and social services and administrative assistance positions.
Boston is home to about 20 major colleges and universities with most of them having an enrollment of over 5,000 students per semester. A vast majority of these students seek degrees in economics and business.
Church life is the point that I’d really like to look at. Of 4.6 million residents of Boston nearly half (46%) are Roman Catholic. Another 38% of the population of Boston are Atheist or “non-religious”. Of the remaining 16% of Boston, 7% are “Evangelical Protestant”, 3% are “mainline Protestant”, 2% are Orthodox and 4% are “Other”. In that 7% Evangelical, is included Baptist, Non-denominational, Evangelical, Church of God, Assemblies of Christ, Methodist, Pentecostal, and Church of Christ. There are a total of 180 such churches with congregants. Boston is a very needy area, to say the least.
Largest mosque in the U.S. Northeast, Downtown Boston, 1,500 congregants
The people of Boston are intellectual, educated, liberal and Godless. They need to be reached just like people everywhere else in the world. Of the entire metro area of Boston, 53% are self-proclaimed “unchurched”, which, according to the study done by the Barna group, is defined as “someone having not went to any church in the last 6 months”. Please help us pray here at Vision as we ask God to lend us young men who we can can send to plant churches in Boston Massachusetts.
Here at Vision Baptist Church, we are praying for God to send us some young men for us to train and send to plant churches in several major unchurched cities. These cities are considered to be unchurched according to a new study done by the Barna Group*. At this time we are focusing on the major cities on this list in the eastern part of the U.S. because of the emphasis already on the West. However, we are certainly continuing to pray for the West as well. The cities that we are praying about and focusing on are:
Manchester, New Hampshire- Population: 2,794,000- 53% unchurched
Portland/Auburn Metro area, Maine- Population: 514,098- 52% unchurched
Albany/Schenectady/Troy Metro area, New York- Population: 881,830- 50% unchurched
New York, New York- 8,537,673- 48% unchurched
According to the Barna Group, this would leave:
In Burlington: 118,137 people unchurched
In Plattsburgh: 45,170 people unchurched
In Boston: 2,453,322 people unchurched
In Manchester: 1,480,820 people unchurched
In the Portland/Auburn Metro area: 267,330 people unchurched
In the Albany/Schedectady/Troy area: 440,915 people unchurched
In New York City: 4,098,083 people unchurched
According to the Barna Group, an unchurched person is any person who has not been to a church of any kind in the last six months. We will be saying more about these cities and their unchurched populations in the next few days. Please help us pray as we pray for young men who can help us plant churches in these areas.
*http://cities.barna.org/barna-cities-the-top-churchless-metro-areas/ All percentages were taken from this article.
** All population estimates were taken from the National Census Bureau website