Reaching the World's Largest People Group

Written by Kristen Maxwell, Bhutanese Children's Ministry Director

Who it is that comprises the largest people group to be reached with the gospel?  Is it some group of people in a foreign land, perhaps people in crowded cities somewhere in Asia or Africa?  As it turns out, some missiologists assert that the largest people group resides everywhere, including right here in Kansas City.  Presently, the largest group with whom to share the Gospel is people under the age of 20.  As worldwide birth rates peak in 2015, children and teens currently make up half of the world’s population!
 Children are worth our attention!  A 2010 study by the Billy Graham School of Missions found that people are most likely to make a decision for Christ between the ages of 4 and 14, and that 71% of Christians make a decision for Christ before the age of 15!

At Mission Adelante we love kids!  As we have observed a number of times, faith is often brought into an immigrant family for the first time by some of the youngest members.  Each week of our Outreach Bible Studies gives us another chance to love kids, build relationships with them, and point them to Jesus. 

We are preparing to launch our summer trimester the week of May 26th and we're looking for mentors to love and serve the kids of Mission Adelante on Tuesday and Thursday evenings!  For information on how you can help reach the world’s largest people group please contact:
Megan McDermott, Director of Latino Kids Ministries at
Kristen Maxwell, Director of Bhutanese Kids Ministries at

Check out some great infographics on the importance of reaching kids with the Gospel: 

Prayer needs
  • Please pray for the Adelante Thrift Board. They meet next week to discuss location and timing of the store and have some big decisions to make. Please pray for God to continue to guide us in this process as we look to start sustainable community development.
Current needs:

  • Spring has sprung, and our grounds could use some TLC.  Please contact Molly at if you are interested in weeding and mulching flower beds.

  • We are collecting board books for our Bhutanese Mommy & Me early literacy class this summer. Contact Lauren at if you can donate new or gently used board books, especially those with counting, colors, first words or ABCs. They will be given to refugee families attending the class.

Important dates:
  • Volunteer Orientation & Training: Saturday, May 17, 9:00-12:30 All volunteers should attend this training once at the beginning of serving with Mission Adelante. It's also a great way for someone to become familiar with Mission Adelante's ministry. If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about what we do, and about our volunteer opportunities, please plan to attend/encourage him or her to plan on attending this informative training, and to contact Morgan at for all the details.
  • All Volunteer Huddle & Dessert: Monday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. We encourage everyone that will be volunteering with us during our summer trimester to attend so we can prepare for a great launch. 
  • Summer trimester programs launch: Week of May 26