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.
August 2017: The Deaf of Bangladesh
The Deaf of Bangladesh are almost entirely from Muslim families, but there are some Hindu as well. They have very limited Scripture or other resources in Bengali Sign Language, making their access to the gospel almost non-existant. Pray for Deaf believers to be able to translate Scripture into their heart language, and for boldness to share those stories and plant churches.
For more information on the Deaf of Bangladesh, click here.
July 2017: The Chhetri people of Nepal
The Chhetri people are the largest people group in Nepal, making up over 16% of the total population. They are predominantly Hindu, but often mix that with Buddhism and nature worship. It is unknown exactly how many evangelical Christians there are among this people group, but it is less than 2%.
While freedom of religion is formally guaranteed by law, in actuality that is very limited. It is against the law to try to convert someone to Christianity. In spite of this, the church is continuing to grow due to courageous believers who are willing to take the risk to share their faith. Churches are being planted, and people are responding to the gospel and becoming Christians.
Pray for perseverance for believers, that neither laws of man nor threats of violence will deter them from sharing the gospel.
For more information about the Chhetri people, click here.
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.