Did You Know?

Q. Which country in the world receives the most foreign missionaries?

A. The United States of America

[excerpt from link below]

Meanwhile, most missionaries continue to go to mostly Christian nations. “The ‘top nine’ receiving countries were home to only 3.5% of the world’s non-Christians but received more than 34% of all international missionaries,” notes the CSGC. “All nine have Christian majorities, and they were home to over 34% of the world’s Christians in 2010.”

By contrast, “The ten countries with the most non-Christians in 2010 were home to 73% of all non-Christians globally. Because many of them restrict or deny missionary access, however, they received only 9% of all international missionaries,” notes the CSGC. The lion’s share are in China, India, and Nigiera, where “large numbers of home missionaries also work among non-Christians.”

The country that received the most missionaries in 2010? The United States, with 32,400 sent from other nations.

The Surprising Countries Most Missionaries Are Sent From and Go To

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2 Responses to Did You Know?

  1. J. Cottrill says:

    These numbers are just so challenging. For example, Mexico is mentioned as a significant “sending” country, but one of the reasons it is significant is because there are so many immigrants living in the USA – Mexicans who would call themselves “Catholics”, or even Protestants which would include Word-of-Faith or other sects. Because they’re living in the USA, does that really mean that Mexico is sending significant “missionaries” to the USA?

    The report makes an effort to wrestle with how to understand these numbers – but it really is difficult. I know there are Mexican believers reaching those in the USA (praise the Lord!), but … yeah. It’s tricky to really get accurate numbers these days. I have a feeling the writers of the report would agree, to some extent.

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    • alanbeth says:

      This is true and not only does that realization bring challenges of understanding, but it seems apparent that those “missionaries” coming to the USA may include significant numbers of missionaries of cults and false religions from all over the world. In my opinion, this is even more alarming. Another corollary thought to those figures and what they may really mean as regarding true evangelical missionaries is that not only is the figure for the “incoming” missionaries including significant numbers of non-evangelical believers, but it seems safe to say that the “outgoing” missionaries include significant numbers of non-evangelical believers as well. We see American Mormons throughout Mexico in large numbers. Are they included in the “outgoing” figure? If so, there are many other groups to consider who might have representative numbers within the figure for missionaries being sent from the USA. We may be truly looking at numbers that are significantly skewed in regards to the number of evangelical missionaries going out from and being sent to the USA. Sobering thoughts, but there isn’t much to do about those figures but to be faithful and obedient to the Great Commission ourselves and praying for the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers into the field…which is a global field and does indeed include the USA (and Canada…if that makes you feel better for me to include it!).

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