International (MNN) — Around one-third of the global population is unreached with the Gospel. That’s over three billion people living without eternal hope.
The greatest gift you can give someone else this Christmas is the joy of knowing Jesus Christ.
On December 13, The BLESS Foundation held their annual Christmas concert and storytelling benefit called Light The World.
This year, Light The World featured a live missional interview with Tim Tebow as well as musical performances by the African Children’s Choir, Shane & Shane, and Drew Womack.
Tom Watkins with Trans World Radio (TWR) says the goal of Light The World was “to get as many people as possible understanding the plight of unreached, unengaged people groups around the world.”
Trans World Radio (TWR) was one of the five beneficiary organizations featured for the fundraiser. Every donation to TWR through Light The World was matched up to $10,000.
As a digital and broadcast platform, TWR develops programs in multiple languages to share the Gospel with these unreached, unengaged people groups.
The Church has a lot of work ahead of us for Christ’s Great Commission. Watkins says, “In the American Church, we can get so inward-focused. And then I think this year of COVID[-19] is really weird for all of us because I think inherently, we’re all becoming more inward-focused — not that we really want to be, but I think people are drawing in. Our circle of people that we’re involved with is less. We’re more concerned about safety.
“I think there’s a danger there — particularly maybe this Christmas of all Christmases — that we could tend to be a little too inward-focused [and] to lose our focus on our responsibility for reaching the nations.”
Normally, BLESS holds Light The World in Austin, Texas. But due to pandemic shutdowns, they couldn’t host in-person.
Ironically, COVID-19’s physical restriction led to the event’s expansion. Light The World went virtual for the first time this year, allowing them to reach a global audience in ways they couldn’t prior.
Collectively, Light The World raised over $1 million for their five beneficiary organizations reaching the unreached with the hope of the Gospel.
Although the event is over, it’s still not too late to give. Click here to donate to TWR through Light The World!
Watkins says, “We know who the ultimate Gift is. So think about how we can be a part of giving that ultimate Gift to people around the world.”
Header photo courtesy of The BLESS Foundation.