According to studies, there has been an increase in the rate at which missionaries are being sent from one country to another. The curve has ever been an increasing one globally. It might interest you to know that South Korea has now lost its number 2 position to at least 4 contenders. Quite interesting!
Also, statistics from The Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an approximate value of 400,000 international missionaries were sent out in 2010. And almost half of the world-leading missionary-sending countries are in the south. This report shows that out of 10 countries that sent out the most missionaries in 2010, three were located in the global South and they include India, Brazil, and South Korea. Others include Columbia, the Philippines, Nigeria, Mexico, South Africa, and China.
Nonetheless, taking total missionaries into account, the United States tops the chart sending a total of 127,000 in 2010 followed by Brazil; a total of 34,000 ranking at No. 2. Examining the data from another perspective, you’d understand that, in terms of missionaries sent per million church members, Palestine moves to the first position with a total of 3,401 missionaries sent followed by Malta, Ireland, and Samoa where South Korea interestingly ranks at No. 5 with a total of 1,014 missionaries sent per million church members. This is a sign of growth in mission movement compared to the United States which ranked No. 9 with a total of 614 missionaries sent.
It should be noted that most missionaries go to Christain populated nations. An accorsing to statistics, an estimated value of 3.5% of the world Non-Christians were home to the top nine receiving countries where they received more than 34% of all missionaries that were sent out in 2010.
However, according to CSGC, “The ten countries with the most non-Christians in 2010 account for an estimated value of 73% of all non-Christians worldwide. This is Because many of them deny or restrict missionary access, although, they received just 9% of the total international missionaries.” A larger percentage are in Nigeria, China and India where large home missionaries also serve and work among the non-Christians.
It might also interest you to know that Albania, happens to be the highest-ranked country with true Christian minority having a total of 32%, and ranked 137th out of 232 countries. Furthermore, for every 2 and a half Christian in Samoa, a missionary is sent. Tonga on the other hand receives one missionary for every 7.4 non-Christians. Micronesia gets one missionary for every 11.1 non-Christians. In just seven years, an estimation from CSGC reveals that more than 9 in a total of 10 people in the world will be religious. This covers an approximate value of 2% of the data collected in 2010. What this analysis depicts is that Christianity will be the fifth-fastest growing religion in the whole world after the Baha’i faith, Islam, Sikhism, and Jainism.