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Pray for Unreached People Groups

Pray for Unreached People Groups

When Jesus commanded His followers to “make disciples of all nations” in Matthew 28:19, He was not referring to political nations. The word Jesus used for nations in Greek is “ethne,” from which we get the English word “ethnic.” Jesus commanded us to make disciples from every ethnic people group. In Matthew 24:14, He said, "And this Gospel will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Until we accomplish this, the task is unfinished.

Reach Beyond is committed to helping the global Church to make disciples among unreached people groups (UPGs). These are cultures and locations where Jesus Christ is largely unknown, and the church is relatively insufficient to make Him known in its broader population without outside help.  

According to Joshua Project, there are still 7,000 UPGs, making up over 40 percent of the world’s population. The map below shows where the unreached are primarily located, but we also know we have the opportunity to reach displaced people groups in our own countries.

We want unreached people everywhere to hear about Jesus, see Him in action and learn how to follow Him. Because of our strengths in media, Reach Beyond has prayerfully decided to prioritize the 1900 largest unreached people groups of 100,000 or more in population.

Map of Unreached People Groups


Weekly UPG Prayer Focus

Join us in praying for an unreached people group each week.
Lembak
May 21, 2022

Country: Indonesia | Population: 240,000 | Language: Col | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%

The Lembak are known by a variety of different names based on where they live. However, people living around them call them the “Cul” people since the word “cul” in the local language means “no”. Lembak society is largely involved in farming rice, coffee, rubber and some local fruits. They tend to give away much of their crops since they would be ashamed to charge relatives for food. If a Lembak chooses to move away from their traditional home for work, they will always take two relatives with them. The Lembak are Muslims but continue to hold to traditional animistic beliefs and practices. They blame the unseen spirits living around them for sickness and turn to rituals to cast out evil spirits. There are very few believers among the Lembak. Pray that this people group would no longer be resistant to the Gospel. Pray for church-planting efforts in areas around where the Lembak live. Pray that the recently translated portions of Scripture would open their eyes to see the light of the Gospel and that they would choose to follow Jesus.

Tegue Bozo
May 14, 2022

Country: Mali | Population: 296,000 | Language: Tieyaxo | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.0%

The Bozo are named for the temporary straw huts they build when fishing along the Niger river in Mali. Besides fishing, many Tegue Bozo work in rice fields along the river delta. The Tegue Bozo are a highly communal group with the clan chief living in the center of the village. They are a patriarchal society. Tegue Bozo bachelors live in special huts until they are married, after which they will go back and live with the husband’s family. Islam has only been the main religion for a couple of generations and has largely been in addition to their long-standing animistic traditions and worldview. Colonialism left a poor impression of Christianity on the Tegue. Pray that believers from neighboring tribes would be able to demonstrate Christ’s love in a way that would open Tegue hearts to the truth of Jesus Christ. Pray that the Tegue would identify with Jesus’s disciples who were fisherman like them, and that they too would choose to follow Jesus.

Yadav Gaoli
May 7, 2022

Country: India | Population: 5,700,000 | Language: Hindi (and many others) | Main Religion: Hindu | Evangelical: 0.00%

The Yadav Gaoli are well known as cattle farmers and producers of dairy products that they often deliver directly to people’s homes. As devout Hindus, they do not sell or eat beef. The Yadav claim ties to the Hindu god Krishna, who was a herdsman. They are easy to identify since their name always includes “Yadav.” Like most people groups in India, young Yadav are increasingly having to look beyond traditional occupations for work. There are no known believers among the Yadav Gaoli. Pray that they would hear the Gospel through radio and mass media, and that God would open doors for believers to share the Good News with the Yadav Gaoli. Pray that they would recognize Jesus as the Good Shepherd, who wants to care for them and loves them more than they can ever imagine.

Dai Zhuang
April 30, 2022

Country: China | Population: 111,000 | Language: Zhuang, Dai | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.14%

The Dai Zhuang have a rich and colorful culture with records dating back to the first century. They have their own calendar, which started in 638 A.D., and books showing how to calculate solar and lunar eclipses. The Dai Zhuang typically live in homes built on stilts and are highly skilled in agriculture and irrigation techniques. They are a superstitious people and are careful to not offend the spirit world that surrounds them—in the water, the forest and the mountains. A newly married woman will stay with her parents until after the birth of her first child. Only then does she go to live with her husband in his village. Pray that the Dai Zhuang would recognize Jesus as the Creator of all the world around them. Pray for opportunities for believers to share their faith with others in their community.

See more Weekly Featured Unreached People Groups:  Alphabetical List or By Date