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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.
Gujar (Muslim traditions)
June 12, 2021

Country: Pakistan | Population: 4.9 million | Language: Punjabi | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
Invaders brought Islam to the Gujar region of Western India during the 11th century. As a result, many Gujar converted to Islam. When neighboring Hindu groups regained control of the region, they pushed out both the invaders and those who had become Muslims. The Gujar combined Islam with some Hindu beliefs and traditions causing further rejection. They were labeled as an untouchable caste destined for a life of poverty, illitercy, and social oppression. The Gujar are seasonal nomads who raise buffalo and sheep along with some minimal farming. Pray that God would soften the hearts of family, clan, and government leaders so they would be open to hearing the Gospel of Jesus. Pray for believers to go, live, and work among the Gujar. Pray that the Gujar will understand how much God loves and values them. Pray that they would choose to follow Jesus.
June 5, 2021

Country: India | Population: 11.9 million | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hindu | Evangelical: 0.02%
The Dhobi people have traditionally been the ones who washed laundry throughout the Hindi world. As a Dalit caste, they are among the lower status communities. The men wash the clothes, the women iron them, and boys deliver the packages of clean laundry to their owners. The Dhobi are pragmatic Hindus who will worship whatever spiritual force they believe will help them in practical ways. Besides worshipping popular Hindu gods and local gods, they worship the stones they use for washing clothes. Pray that the Dhobi will recognize Jesus as the Living Water and the only one who can wash their sins away. Pray for believers to go and make disciples among the Dhobi. Pray that the Dhobi would understand God’s love for them and that they would choose to be called His sons and daughters.
Maratha (Mahratta)
May 29, 2021

Country: India | Population: 30.8 million | Language: Marathi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Maratha are a proud people who consider themselves as belonging to the upper class of rural society. The Maratha live throughout all of India, with the largest concentrations around Mumbai. As members of the “kunbi” (farmer) caste, almost all Mahratta own land and raise crops. They are somewhat liberal in comparison to other castes in India. Arranged marriage is not strictly enforced as long as they marry someone who is Maratha or from the higher Brahmin caste. Most Marathas worship Shiva “the Destroyer” who they believe is the supreme lord who creates, protects and transforms the universe. Pray that the Maratha would come to know our heavenly father who created and sustains the world. Pray that they would choose to follow Jesus and that they would find eternal hope in Him.
May 22, 2021

Country: Indonesia | Population: 3.5 million | Language: Sasak | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Sasak are predominately found on the Lombok Island, which is just east of Bali. Most are farmers, while others work as fisherman or craftsman. Some Sasak are highly skilled in making weavings or earthenware items that are sold to tourists and exported abroad.  Almost all Sasak are Muslims. Each year, many of them will go to great lengths and personal sacrifice to travel to Mecca. They know that by completing the Haj, they will be highly honored by family and neighbors for the rest of their lives. Many Sasak people continue to worship spirits of ancestors and spirits who live in the forest, mountains or rivers. They also try to appease evil spirits with offerings of food, flowers and incense. Pray for church-planting efforts among the Sasak. Pray that they would recognize that Jesus is more powerful than the evil spirits that they fear, and that He alone is the one they should worship.
See more Weekly Featured Unreached People Groups:  Alphabetical List or By Date