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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.
June 27, 2020

Country: China | Population: 1.48 million | Language: Chinese | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.04%
The Pingdi area is rarely visited by outsiders. As a result, they have minimal interaction with other people groups. The majority of Pingdi are farmers engaged in rice cultivation. In the ancient past the Yao had a legend of a creator god. The Yao claim, “Ages ago ... before we crossed the sea, we worshiped someone called Tin Zay, who lives in heaven and is a holy god.” In the 1990 national census, about half of the Pingdi were included under the Yao nationality. For centuries the Pingdi have lived and died without any knowledge of Christ and without a strong church in their midst. Although there is a Yao New Testament available in the Iu Mien language, the Pingdi speak a different language from Iu Mien. Pray for a translation of the Bible to be made into their heart language and distributed.
June 20, 2020

Country: India | Population: 1.7 million | Language: Odia | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0.00%
For generations, the Khandai, or Kandayat, have been soldiers and landowners. “Khandai” means “man of the sword” or “landowner,” and this still applies today. The Khandai are landowners who have lower castes farm their property. They also serve in the Indian Army and in the police forces. Education is a high priority. Almost all are Hindus. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Pray that the Khandai would humble themsleves and realize their need for a Savior.
Albanian Gheg
June 13, 2020

Country: Albania | Population: 2.7 million | Language: Gheg | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.58%
Prior to Communism, Albanians were a tribal people divided into to major groups: the Gheg and the Tosk. In the 1950’s, it was decided that the Tosk dialect would be used in all publications. Communism then further erased the Gheg identify, as tribal differences, religion, and even dress were restricted to achieve national unity. Following the fall of Communism, Albania was left with an identify crisis, and as the poorest and least developed European country. Centuries ago, many Albanians were converted to Islam, although they practiced a form of folk Islam. In 1967, Albania declared itself as the world’s first atheistic state, closing borders to outside influences. Today, there has been a resurgence in the practice of Islam and Catholicism, but there is pressing legislation to keep other religions out. Pray that the people can find the hope and security that can be found in Jesus Christ.
June 6, 2020

Country: India | Population: 16.67 million | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0%
Today, the Bhil primarily work as peasant farmers, field laborers, and village watchmen. They are experts in handling bows and arrows. In fact, the name “Bhil” was derived from the word billee, which means “bow.” For years, the bow has been a characteristic weapon of the tribe, and the men usually carry their bows and arrows with them. Almost all of the Central Bhil practice ethnic religions that have been highly influenced by Hinduism. Shiva is considered the supreme god. Ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors) is also popular. Shamans (priests) are called upon to offer sacrifices to the many gods and mud idols. Ask the Holy Spirit to soften their hearts towards Christians so that they will be receptive to learning about the one true God.
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