During its 2,000 year history, there have been many missionary movements whereby Christian churches have sought to share Jesus with all the world.
- The first 12 chosen witnesses of Jesus went throughout the Mediterranean world, establishing local church communities in which Christians helped one another grow closer to God.
- Orthodox missionaries took the Christian faith into Eastern Europe & Russia, prior to the separation of eastern & western churches in Europe.
- Catholic missionaries took the Christian faith into Northern Europe (ie., Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, etc.) prior to the separation of eastern & western churches in Europe.
- In the 16th century, as part of the Catholic Reformation, Jesuit monks began taking the Christian faith to the South America & the Orient.
- In the 17th & 18th centuries, Puritan, Anglican, Catholic & other missionaries began taking the Christian faith to eastern America.
- In the 19th century, Baptist missionaries (such as Adoniram Judson & William Carey) began taking the Christian faith to Southeast Asia & India.
- Also in the 19th century, Hudson Taylor began taking the Christian faith to China, encouraging development of indigenous churches.
- Modern missionary efforts emphasize the importance of indigenous missionaries (e.g., Indian missionaries in India, African missionaries in Africa, Chinese missionaries in China, etc.).
- Many para-church ministries have also developed over the years, taking the Christian faith to specific groups of people (e.g., prisoners, soldiers, kids, etc.,) or emphasizing specific aspects of faith (e.g., Bible study, health care, evangelism, politics, social welfare, media, etc.).
The simple aim of all these efforts is that all the world may know Jesus.
God, please help me to love You as king over all the earth.