chapter  19
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Moving On

By 1996 the contours and context of Christian mission were vastly different from anything that Thomas Coke could have conceived.

The planet’s population had multiplied more than seven-fold since 1800. Although people in all corners of the globe had responded to the gospel and the number of believers had multiplied too, the number of those to whom Christianity was an unknown or alien faith was greater than ever. Humans were overcrowding the earth, and inevitably its habitable areas were ever more densely populated, bringing into increasingly sharp and painful focus the scandalous contrast between the world’s haves and have-nots.