The Unreached People Groups Ministry

Taking the Gospel Beyond Borders

There is an essential mission underway to bring the light of the Gospel to Unreached People Groups (UPG) in some of the hardest-to-reach places on earth. Your help is needed to reach beyond borders and cultural barriers until everyone has heard. Your support transforms lives for eternity, ensuring that no one is left behind. Learn more about Unreached People Groups and the vital role you can play in reaching them.

Defining Unreached People Groups

What Is an Unreached People Group?

7,276 of the world's 17,311 people groups are unreached. That's 3.40 billion people, or 42% of the world's population. The Joshua Project provides the following definition of an Unreached People Group (UPG):

"Definition: Less than or equal to 5% Christian Adherent AND less than or equal to 2% Evangelical.

An unreached or least-reached people is a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance."

UPGs are diverse. They have distinct cultural, linguistic, and geographical differences. But they share a common characteristic. They have never heard the precious name of Jesus. And there is little being done to reach them with the Gospel.

For many unreached tribes and people groups, there is no Bible in their native language. Many cannot read. Lack of scriptural resources is a challenging barrier to the spread of the Gospel.

There is also an absence of disciple-making churches among these people groups. Disciple-making movements are a vital part of experiencing breakthroughs with UPGs. There is an urgent need for indigenous Christians among these tribes who are striving to share what they know.

In the mosaic of diversity, each UPGs has its own set of unique challenges and cultural barriers. Understanding and addressing the distinct needs of each group is absolutely essential if we are to make progress sharing the name of Jesus with each person, until all have heard.

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UPGs Are Diverse

Ranging from massive populations, like the 128 million Muslim Shaikh people of Bangladesh, to smaller communities such as the 1,000 Dargin people in Kazakhstan, UPGs make up a broad spectrum of demographic sizes.

UPGs Lack Resources

Many tribes do not have the Bible in their native language. Many cannot read. There is a lack of disciple-making churches among UPGs. And the Christians that do exist often lack spiritual training and scriptural resources.

UPGs Are Hard to Reach

There's no sugarcoating this reality. The mission to share the Gospel with UPGs is not an easy one. There are cultural barriers and multifaceted challenges that must be understood and overcome. Yet this is our mission.

Where are Unreached People Groups Located?

The 10/40 Window

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In the world of missions, the 10/40 Window is a very significant area on the map. It consists of most of the world's Unreached People Groups. It is located between 10 and 40 degrees latitude, covering parts of Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Missionaries focus on this window because it is home to so many people who have never about Jesus and don't know about God's love for them. It's like a mission challenge zone filled with some of the hardest-to-reach people groups on the planet. But these are the people groups who need missionaries the most.

How Can You Pray for Unreached People Groups?

Access and Open Doors

Pray for open doors and opportunities for His Feet's missionaries and frontline workers to access and live among Unreached People Groups. Many UPGs are located in areas with restricted access. Please pray for favor with authorities and for creative strategies to reach these communities.

Cultural Sensitivity and Understanding

Ask for the Holy Spirit to grant missionaries cultural sensitivity and understanding as they engage with UPGs. Respect for local customs and traditions is crucial for building relationships and sharing the Gospel in a way that is effective.

Spiritual Breakthrough

Pray for a spiritual breakthrough in the hearts of individuals within UPGs. Ask God to soften hearts, remove spiritual barriers, and open minds to the light of the Gospel. Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to bring conviction, understanding, and a desire for a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Local Leadership and Discipleship

Please pray that God would raise up local leaders from within UPGs who will become disciples and leaders in their communities. Pray for healthy indigenous churches that will continue to share the Gospel and make disciples long after missionaries have left.