“REACHING THE 100 LEAST REACHED PEOPLE GROUPS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA WITH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST”
Project Focus was launched on April 22, 1999 by World Mission Centre. The purpose was to develop a reproducible model that could mobilize Southern African churches, mission organizations, and individuals from 22 Southern African countries to reach out and plant churches among the 100 Least Reached People Groups of Southern Africa.
The vision of Project Focus was to establish at least one self-reproducing cell church amongst each of the 100 Least Reached People Groups of Southern Africa by December 31, 2000. These newly founded churches would be helped along and grown to maturity so that more churches could be planted within the people group.
Project Focus embodies the following strategies:
Formation of Partnerships
In order to awaken a deeper understanding of missions and to mobilize Christians at a local church level, World Mission Centre initiated the creation of the “Hub,” a network of churches that focused their missional efforts on a particular region or country. The Hub pooled resources and coordinated efforts to target the least reached people groups of a country. World Mission Centre’s goal was to establish 22 hubs in South Africa that would focus on different countries in Southern Africa. These Hubs would in turn form a partnership with the national church leadership in one of the 22 countries within the Southern African region.The goal was to reach the least reached people groups of the country by the end of the year 2000.
A Focus Team was a special task force of trained missionaries that would penetrate resistant people groups living in geographical areas that are hard to reach. These people groups required unique strategies and specific training to live amongst the unreached.
The Project Focus Team was trained during the first half of 2000 and sent to the unreached people groups under the covering of partnerships and national church leaders. The school that trained the Project Focus Team was known as the Live School. Training of the Project Focus Team included the following:
- An awareness on how to be culturally sensitive while communicating the Gospel and living in a foreign country.
- Planning your route on a map and using a GPS to guide you.
- Packing all you need to survive into a backpack while getting used to walking 20 km a day.
- Sleeping in a small tent in the bush and enduring all kinds of harsh weather conditions.
- Assisting someone with first aid in case of an injury.
- Discipline enabling each one to endure all kinds of hardship without falling apart on the field.
- Learning the importance of submitting to leadership within the team, while keeping unity amongst team members.
Where are we now?
- 99 of 100 Least Reached People Groups of Southern Africa have churches.
- Churches are growing & duplicating themselves.