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.
November 2017: Somalis
Over sixteen million Somalis live scattered across eight countries in the northeastern portion of Africa, commonly called the "Horn of Africa," and in the Middle East. Over five million live in Ethiopia.
Although the Somali are nearly all Shafiite Muslims, numerous beliefs and traditions have been intermingled with their Islamic practices. The standard Islamic prayers are usually observed; however, Somali women have never worn the required veils. Somali frequently turn to the wadaad (a religious expert) for blessings, charms and advice in worldly matters.
* Pray that the Somalis would come to know Jesus Christ, who is the Bread of Life.
* Pray for Somali Christians, who are greatly despised by their people.
* Ask God to touch the hearts of Christians in northern Ethiopia so that they would be willing to share God's love with the Somalis in the southern provinces.
* Ask the Lord to raise up Christian teachers who will work among the Somali and share Christ's love with them.
* Pray that God will raise up prayer teams to go and break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask God to grant favor and wisdom to the missions agencies that are focusing on the Somali.
* Pray for effectiveness of the Jesus film among them.
* Ask God to anoint the Gospel as it goes forth via radio and television to the Somali.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften their hearts towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Somali.
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October 2017: Israeli Jews
Throughout history, the Jews have been discriminated against and persecuted. Many need to experience emotional healing and forgiveness. Pray that as the Gospel is shared with them, it will not be viewed as anti-Semitic, but rather as the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham centuries ago. Pray for a spiritual hunger among the ethnic Jews who have no religious affiliation.
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September 2017: Syrian Refugees
This month we are focusing on Syrian refugees in Lebanon, but also here in Nashville.
Lebanon has taken in somewhere between 1.5 and 2 million Syrian refugees since the war began. Brentwood Baptist has a missionary family strategically planted in Lebanon to reach out to these refugees.
Here in Nashville, over 100 Syrian refugees have been relocated in the past two years. Pray for the people we have in place doing ministry among the refugees in Middle Tennessee, that they will find opportunities to share the gospel and that their voices will be heard.
Pray for an end to the war in Syria. Since it began in 2011, around 12 million people have been displaced from their homes and long to return. A little over half of those are displaced within Syria, and the majority of those remaining are in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq. Close to one million are in Europe. As of December 2016, over 18,000 had been resettled in the United States. 98% of those relocated here are Muslims. Pray that we will not miss the opportunity to minister to these broken people out of fear that has been inspired by politicians and those in the media.
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