I recently found this on the www.missionfrontiers.org website – and it shows a very encouraging fact! I’ll let them explain the chart in their own words…
In 100 AD there were an estimated 360 non-Christians for every Christian. Today there are only 6.8 non-Christians (Those who do not claim to be Christian) for every evangelical Christian.God’s initiative since AD 100 displays determined and increasing activity to build His Church. Note: It took 18 centuries for evangelicals to go from 0% of the world population to 2.5% in 1900, only 70 years to go from 2.5% to 5% in 1970, and just the last 22 years to go from 5% to 10% of the world population. What this means is that now, for the first time in history, there is one evangelical for every 9 non-evangelicals world-wide.
According to Dr. Ralph Winter of the US Center for World Mission, “Despite the rapid increase in world population, the number of faithful Bible-believing Christians is increasing faster than any other large movement or religion. It is doubling every ten and a half years.”
This does not mean, however, that the missionary task of Christianity is over. The U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA estimates that there are still 11,000 ethnic groups (people groups), such as the Kurds, that are largely untouched by the Gospel.