Today, most of the world can be physically reached within a few days. While missionaries today do not have to face the laborious and time-consuming transportation that early missionaries once did, they still deal with challenges of reaching people in the world's most remote places. Remoteness is not limited to physical distance, It can also apply to chasms among the generations. With the emergence of every new generation, a new unreached people group is made and many churches remain distant to their unreached youth.
Some people groups today are unreached because of rejection by the major populations of their country. They are marginalized because of prejudice and long-standing intercultural hostilities. The Savior is described in Scripture as “despised and rejected by men.” He calls us to enter into His mission of preaching the good news to the poor, proclaiming freedom to the prisoners, and releasing the oppressed.
The spiritual climate of cultures is a significant reason that people remain unreached. Though God uses the arduous toil of faithful missionaries, a breakthrough of God’s Spirit must precede a spiritual harvest. Across Europe, Christian history and symbolism are abundant, yet many modern Europeans are resistant to the gospel. The region's rich history in the Christian religion has numbed people from receiving the transforming message of the gospel. We believe, however, that the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit can break through even the most spiritually resistant cultures.
Worldwide, the most significant barrier to reaching the unreached is government restrictions on missionary activity. Even still, restricted access can be transformed into creative access as God opens doors of ministry opportunity. We believe that a country or region that is restricted in access does not equate to unreachable populations. God directs His servants in extraordinary ways to make his presence known. Testimonies of how this is taking place are numerous but often go untold in order to keep missionary identities safe in regions that are restricted.