FAITH NEWS SERVICE – THE 1:11 PRAYER CHALLENGE INVITES PEOPLE TO PRAY AT 1:11 P.M. EACH DAY FOR 33 DAYS FOR THE 3 BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO STILL DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE GOSPEL; THOSE INTERESTED ARE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN THE #ATHIRDOFUS MOVEMENT TO HELP GENERATE AWARENESS
(Wheaton, IL) May 25, 2022 — June 5, which is Pentecost Sunday, marks the International Day for the Unreached in 2022. Because there are still 3 billion people across the globe (approximately one third of the world’s population) who still have no access to the Gospel, the Alliance for the Unreached is inviting people to join them for the 1:11 Prayer Challenge, which encourages participants to stop at 1:11 p.m. each day for 33 days to pray for unreached people.
The Challenge will kick off on June 5, when the Alliance will also host live streaming events from around the globe. It’s happening in tandem with the “A Third of Us” movement, which generates awareness for the third of people on Earth without access to a church, the Bible, or other believers. These unreached people are represented through the movement by the Three Line Symbol (I II).
“A Third of Us” asks participants to draw the Three Line Symbol (I II) somewhere visible, such as on their hand or on a profile photo. When participants share their photo with the symbol and the hashtag #AThirdofUs, they can help start a conversation about those who are still unreached.
Anyone interested in watching the live broadcasts, joining the 1:11 Prayer Challenge or participating with the “A Third of Us” movement can find out more by visiting AThirdofUs.com.
Last year, hundreds of people signed up to participate in the 1:11 Prayer Challenge. Dozens of social media influencers with a combined following of a million people posted about the “A Third of Us” movement, including David Platt, Francis Chan, and Natasha Brown Watson. The impact was
far-reaching, with the traffic and shares equally split between the US and other parts of the globe.
“This is not a one-time event, it’s a movement that continues to grow in strength,” says Marv Newell, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Unreached. “We want to continue increasing awareness and praying together for God to open doors to those who still don’t have access to the Gospel. In the West, we have so much exposure to the Bible, churches, and believers that it’s hard to think about the fact that anyone would still have no idea who Jesus is and what He’s done. We can’t sit still; we want to be prayerful and drive action so that the hope of Christ reaches every corner of the world.”
Those who visit AThirdofUs.com can learn more about the movement and download an Action Guide, a Church Kit, or a Family Guide—each including ways to engage and pray for those still Unreached by the Gospel. The Alliance also recommends that participants follow “A Third of Us” on social media as they share their Three Line Symbol photo with the #AThirdofUs hashtag.
There are over 60 organizations in the Alliance for the Unreached who assist in the mobilization of Christians in a myriad of activities including prayer, giving, and action, to ensure everyone has access to the life-giving message of the Gospel. Directing members include Bibles for the World, The Bless Foundation, Door International, Ethnos 360, Frontier Ventures, Joshua Project, Missio Nexus, Mission Network News, Operation Mobilization, Seed Company, TransWorld Radio, World Mission, and ZimZam Global.
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The International Day for the Unreached http://www.dayfortheunreached.org] and [A Third Of Us http://www.athirdofus.com] are initiatives of the Alliance for the Unreached, a group of evangelistic ministries and other organizations, including [Bibles For The World http://www.biblesfortheworld.org], [Door International http://www.doorinternational.org], [Ethnos360 http://www.ethnos360.org], The Bless Foundation [The Bless Foundation https://bless.world], [Frontier Ventures http://www.frontierventures.org], [Joshua Project http://www.joshuaproject.net], [Mission Network News http://www.mnnonline.org], [Missio Nexus http://www.missionexus.org], [Operation Mobilization http://www.omusa.org]; [Seed Company http://www.seedcompany.com], [TWR http://www.twr.org], [World Mission http://www.worldmission.cc], and [ZimZam Global http://www.zimzamglobal.org
Caption for Picture: Dr. Marvin Newell, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Unreached and author of “A Third of Us, What it Takes to Reach the Unreached” (William Carey Publishing, 2021)