Praying for Unreached People Groups
February 21, 2017
Unreached people groups have no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage them with church planting. Typically, the percentage of evangelical Christians is less than 2%.
There are approximately 1,720 UPGs in the world. 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 11,749 people groups in the world (7.3 billion people), 7,038 are unreached (4.3 billion people).
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.
June 2017: The Jula People of Burkina Faso
This month we are focusing on the Jula People of Burkina Faso. The vast majority are Sunni muslims, and only 0.02% are evangaelical Christians.
The name Jula means "itinerant trader," and the Jula are respected for their trading abilities. They are one of the two largest ethnic groups in the country.
To be Jula is to be Muslim. It is very difficult to separate their faith from their identity. Many still hold to traditional animistic beliefs that are thinly veiled by Islam.
Pray for our missionaries on the ground who share Bible stories with the Jula truckers. Pray that the truckers will respond to the stories and put their faith in Christ, and then carry Jesus along the same trade routes as they carry their goods and products. Pray for the Lord to bring forth a triumphant Jula church for the glory of his name!
For more information on the Jula people, click here.
May 2017: The Northern Pashtun of Afghanistan
This month we are focusing on the Northern Pashtun people of Afghanistan. The vast majority are Muslim, and only 0.01% are evangelical Christians.
Most Pashtun still cling tightly to tribal leadership and customs that prohibit evangelism and disown and banish anyone who converts to Christianity. Afghanistan is one of the least-reached nations in the world. 84% of Afghans have never heard the life-giving gospel of Christ.
In Nashville, there are Pashtun refugees who seek medical treatment at the Siloam Health Clinic, one of our Hope for the World Partners. Pray for Pashtuns to hear the gospel and boldly embrace a new identity in Christ, both here and in Afghanistan.
For more information on the Northern Pashtun people, click here.
April 2017: The Newar People of Nepal
This month we are focusing on the Newar People of Nepal. Newars are mostly Hindu, but many are Buddhist. Less than 1% are evangelical Christians.
The Newar people are very rich in tradition and deeply steeped in the caste system. Community values hold enormous strength, which makes it difficult for Newars to leave those values to follow Christ.
Station Hill HFTW partners Bishwa and Ramila Karmacharya not only work with the Newar people, but also belong to this people group! They have been instrumental in helping to translate the New Testament into Newari, and are currently working on the Old Testament translation.
Pray that Newars who hold influential roles in society, that they will come to know Christ and become salt and light in their community. Pray for Newar believers who are the only believers in their family. Pray for the Newar people to see the true living God and be ready to come out of their family/tradition if necessary to follow Christ.
For more information on the Newar people, click here.
March 2017: The Kotokoli People of Togo
This month we are focusing on the Kotokoli People of Togo. The vast majority of Kotokoli follow a form of Islam. Only 1.5% claim to be evangelical Christians.
We are specifically praying for Kotokoli truck drivers. These men have access to go between countries that average citizens do not have. They spend a lot of time waiting at truck stops for approval to cross the border. There are missionaries strategically placed at these truck stops who tell Bible stories to the men and teach them about Jesus.
Pray for Kotokoli truck drivers to hear the gospel message and respond to it, because they have a unique opportunity to carry the gospel across national borders from truck stop to truck stop as they repeat the Bible stories they have learned.
For more information on the Kotokoli people, click here.