Praying for Unreached People Groups
February 21, 2017
A people group is defined as an ethno-linguistic group with a common self-identity that is shared by the various members. For strategic purposes it is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance.
A people group is considered unreached (UPG) when there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage this people group with church planting. Technically speaking, the percentage of evangelical Christians in this people group is less than 2 percent. South Asia has the largest unreached people group population with 1.5 billion people who have little to no access to the gospel. Of the 11,741 people groups in the world (7.4 billion people), 7,024 are unreached (4.3 billion people).
Unreached people groups are unengaged (UUPG) when there is no church planting strategy, consistent with evangelical faith and practice, under way. Gathering believers and planting churches are the keys to establishing an effective and multiplying presence among these people groups. There are approximately 220 million people worldwide who are unreached and unengaged.
Please join us as we pray for unreached people groups each month. Pray that God will raise up laborers to take the gospel to these parts of the world. Pray for the truth of Christ to overcome the darkness.
December 2018: A Year in Review
This month we will go back and pray for all of our 2018 UPGs:
January: Northern Yemenis
February: North Koreans
March: Sherpas of Nepal
April: Swahili of Uganda
May: Algerian Tuaregs
June: Deaf of Egypt
July: Orphans of Guatemala
August: Rohingya of Bangladesh
September: Mahratta of India
October: Kanuri of Nigeria
November: Palestinian Arabs
I received an email a week ago from one of our partners in Africa. This is what it said:
One of the men for whom you’ve been praying for years, Seni, returned from a trip to a country in central Africa where he and two others for whom you’ve been praying have been training 50 plus folks for about a year. The trip for them to get there from West Africa takes two days and 3 flights. Some of those participating in the training are on the road for 3 days on a motorcycle just to arrive. The participants have become so appreciative and thankful for the training that they’ve been receiving that they have begun to bring these men gifts. Some brought avocados. Others, peanuts. One brought a flat of eggs.
These three men from West Africa began on the receiving end in a training just like this in Burkina over 5 years ago. Since that time, my colleague has continued to invest in them over these last years by modeling, assisting, and watching as they have participated and lead many trainings just like this one with the goal of arriving at these last days when they are flying on their own and training others in the same training that they had previously received.
Yesterday, when Seni was back in the office and debriefing the trip, he just kept talking and talking not realizing that it had already after 6 pm. He was telling one story after the other from this training of different lives that were changed and are changing because of understanding God’s Story. I lost count of how many Bible stories I heard as he was retelling just some of the things that transpired. He referred to himself as a “marmite of God’s stories.”
For those unaware of a “marmite,” voila. This pot on the fire is considered a marmite. And today, it was boiling over.
Then all of a sudden, he stood straight up out of the chair, clapped his hands and said, “I almost forgot. Tell “those people” that pray for us. Tell them that the seeds that have been planted are continuing to sprout.” He continued by telling me that each night after the training, he and others would sit outside with the workers at the hotel. They would tell them stories each night and discuss them. And on this particular night, one of those workers, Issa, accepted Christ. Madame you must tell “those people” that pray for us. Tell them the seeds are sprouting.
So, my friends, consider yourselves told.
Thank you for continuing to water the seeds with your prayers. It is the long term work of prayers faithful until the end.