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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.
August 20, 2022

Country: Tajikistan | Population: 866,000 | Language: Tajik | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%

After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, unrest in Tajikistan led to a five-year civil war that devastated the country’s people and economy. The war ended with the Kulobi as the dominant group in government, education and business. The Kulobi were traditionally semi-nomadic herders and many today live in cities in the winter and return to the countryside to farm their crops each year. The short growing season allows them to raise wheat, barley, fruits and vegetables. Like most Tajik people, the Kulobi are Sunni Muslims who try to obey the teaching of the Koran and the prophet Mohammed. They believe by following the Five Pillars of Islam they will go to heaven when they die, but that Allah determines who enters paradise. Many Kulobi also practice animistic folk religion and seek to appease the spirits who inhabit nature and objects around them. There are no known believers among the Kulobi. Pray for the person who will be the first Kulobi believer. Pray that their family would also be receptive to the Gospel. Pray that all Kulobi would soon recognize that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that He is the only way to God, the Father. Pray that they would choose to follow Jesus.

August 13, 2022

Country: Ghana | Population: 78,000 | Language: Dagbani | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.10%

The Nanumba live in eastern Ghana between the White Volta and Oti Rivers. They are primarily farmers growing yams, peanuts and corn. Most farm work is done by men, but everyone helps during harvest. Hunting and fishing are other important sources of food and meat is shared with everyone in the village. Many Nanumba supplement their income by engaging in artisan crafts like weaving or carving. Some men leave their homes for several months to work on cocoa plantations in the south. The Nanumba have large family systems which are divided into hierarchical clan units. They live in clay huts within compact walled villages ruled by a chief who owns the land, and leases plots to other families. The chief controls the judicial system, the clan elders exercise moral authority, and the police enforce social order. The Nanumba have a relatively low standard of living with poor access to electricity or clean water. Tainted water drawn from dammed rivers carries Guinea worms that can lead to painful infections and cause serious disabilities. The Nanumba are Muslims but mix Islam with traditional religion including idol and ancestor worship. They believe the creator is unapproachable and so they look to local spirits for their daily needs. Pray for efforts to bring the Gospel to the Nanumba and ask God to move and make His presence known in a powerful way. Pray that His church would be established and that it would grow strong in faith.

August 6, 2022

Country: India | Population: 2,331,000 | Language: Urdu | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%

The Hajam have a long tradition of being barbers, hair-cutters and manicurists. Today many are respected owners of barber shops and salons all throughout India and neighboring countries like Pakistan and Nepal. Within the Muslim community the Hajam are an essential part of major life rituals and events as they trim hair for weddings and funerals and even perform circumcisions. Some Hajam also perform other services like extracting teeth, lancing boils, matchmaking and serving as midwifes. They are Sunni Muslims who claim to have descended from the Biblical King Solomon, who Muslims regard as a prophet. At the same time, many married Hajam women will adorn themselves like Hindus with the traditional “Bindi” dot on their forehead along with some form of nose stud. As Muslims, they are free to eat beef, along with grains like rice, wheat and corn. There is little to no known ministry outreach to the Hajam. Pray that God would begin to work among the Hajam. Pray that they would choose to follow Him and then use their influence to reach others with the truth of the Gospel.

July 30, 2022

Country: China | Population: 169,000 | Language: Amdo Tibetan | Main Religion: Buddhism | Evangelical: 0.01%

The name Golog reportedly means “those with their heads on backwards” reflecting their reputation as being extremely stubborn and rebellious. The Golog were the fiercest warriors sent by the Tibetan king to the northern border in the 7th century to defend against the Chinese invasion. When the Tibetan kingdom collapsed, the Golog remained there defying any outside authority. Today they are nomads who wear oiled sheepskins, yak-hide boots, and felt bowler hats—which they assimilated after the British invasion of 1903-04. The Golog are Tibetan Buddhists and many women wear 108 braids of hair, which matches the number of prayer beads. Pray that the Golog would find peace in Jesus. Pray for Golog believers to grow spiritually and become strong in their faith. Pray that God would build His Church among the Golog so they would be a radiant light to everyone around them.

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