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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 1, 2020

WEEKEND PRAYER FOR UPGs | PRAY for the Vietnamese
Country: Vietnam | Population: 81 million | Language: Vietnamese | Main Religion: Buddhism | Evangelical: 1.40%
There are 118 people groups in Vietnam, but by far the largest group is the Vietnamese. They are an ethnic group that originated in Northern Vietnam and Southern China. Traditionally, Vietnamese life has revolved around family, fields and faith, a rural existence that has continued for centuries at the same pace. Originally, the Vietnamese practiced animism and a form of ancestor cult, but later Buddhist, Taoist and Confucianism made their way to Vietnam. Today, Vietnam is a communist state, but many people still practice the old forms of worship. Pray for unity and reconciliation as even today bitter divisions from the war years remain. Pray as the government increases repression of the minority Christians in the country, that they would remain strong in their faith and be a witness to their people.
Kui Khond
July 25, 2020

Country: India | Population: 1.8 million | Language: Odia | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
The Kui people are a people with an immense sense of community. They have educated among them who live in more urban areas but they primarily dwell in thick jungle and are not easily accessible. They live in huts made from a mixture of dung and mud with thatched roofs. Their education is brief and many are illiterate. They have few materials possessions. Some have come to faith in Christ, but at great cost. They have suffered intense persecution. Pray for strength and boldness for these believers, and that they would receive help and resources as they share the gospel with their people. Pray that unbelieving Kui would soften their hearts toward Christ.
July 18, 2020

Country: Iran | Population: 2.9 million | Language: Gilaki | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Gilaki live in northern Iran in the Gilan province, a protected forested area between the Elburz Mountains and the Caspian Sea. Their ancient cultural language (also called Gilaki or Gilani) remains unwritten. Today, the educated Gilaki speak Farsi, the national language of Iran. Their economy is primarily agriculture, which has seen an influx of investments as a result of the oil boom. Farmers usually grow rice, tea, and tobacco. History records that the Apostle Bartholomew spent time evangelizing in this area of the world around 50 A.D., and although Christianity once had a strong presence, today all Gilaki are Muslim. Pray that God would open up the hearts of the Gilaki to the gospel.
July 11, 2020

Country: India | Population: 2.9 million | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Darzi originally lived in Central Asia and migrated to India long ago. The word darzi means “tailor” in Hindi-Urdu. Not surprisingly, the primary occupation of the Darzi is sewing and production of clothes and fabrics. Darzi are endogamous (marry within their group), and marriages are often arranged to cement clan ties. Darzi are entirely Hindu and are considered a frontier unreached people group. Pray that God would send a Christian witness and that the Darzi would come to know Jesus.
See more Weekly Featured Unreached People Groups:  Alphabetical List or By Date