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Weekly UPG Prayer Focus

Weekly UPG Prayer Focus

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.

Join us each week in praying for one of these 1900 unreached people groups.
View this list in alphabetical order
Fula Jalon in Guinea
September 26, 2020

Country: Guinea | Population: 5.7 million | Language: Pular | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Fula Jalon are a semi-nomadic people who also raise livestock and crops. They are a subgroup of the vast Fulani people group who live across west Africa and the Sahel. While the majority of Fulani raise “humped” cattle, the Fula Jalon raise a native Djallon breed that is resistant to the tsetse fly, which is notorious for carrying disease. The Fula Jalon live in beehive-shaped huts that are surrounded by a cattle corral. While the homes in the villages are spread out, there is a central court and mosque. The Fula Jalon are devout Muslims. Some villages have Islamic schools for the children. Pray for a willingness for the Fula Jalon to learn about Jesus and His teachings and to be open to His truths
Western Cham
September 19, 2020

Country: Cambodia | Population: 252,000 | Language: Cham, Western | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Cham historically had a strong empire in southern Vietnam from AD 1 until AD 1471 when the Vietnamese conquered their kingdom and the Cham fled to Cambodia. With this, the Cham changed from a powerful seafaring people to simple agrarian farmers. In the 1970s, the communist Khmer Rouge regime targeted the Cham because of their Islamic beliefs. It is believed 100,000 or more Cham were killed during this time. Now the Cham live in poverty in rustic bamboo homes and survive by fishing and farming. They practice a distorted version of Islam that incorporates elements of their original Hindu beliefs as well as animistic practices that come from their past as a strong empire. Pray for long term laborers to live and minister among the Cham. Pray for local churches to be raised up and established among the Cham.
Naxi
September 12, 2020

Country: China | Population: 341,000 | Language: Naxi | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.075%
The Naxi are known for their script that was developed over 1,000 years ago and includes 1,500 pictographs. As of 1995, it was reported that only three elderly men could read the script, but it has since been revitalized and used in the region, including on road signs. Historically, the Naxi practiced Dongba religion, which is preoccupied with wonder-working and power, as well as belief in gods and demons who are manipulated with magic. Their creation myth traces the origin of humans to an elephant-headed god who helped people hatch from magic eggs. Currently, the majority of Naxi are non-religious, though many do believe in a creator god. Pray that the Naxi would come to know the true creator God. Pray that they would see the power of Christ to bring healing, restoration and transformation in their lives. Pray for the few Naxi followers of Jesus to be a witness to their families and communities.
Kurds
September 5, 2020

Country: Iraq | Population: 4.6 million | Language: Kurdish | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Kurds trace their heritage back to the Medes of ancient Persia. It is likely that the wise men who traveled to see Jesus at his birth were Zoroastrian priests, ancestors of the modern Kurds. The Kurds have faced much discrimination throughout modern history and are the largest ethnic group without a state of their own. They hold strong loyalty to their immediate family and then to their tribe. Most Kurds are Muslim but hold their faith lightly and still connect with their ancient Zoroastrian faith. Pray that the Kurds would come to know Jesus as the Light of the World. Pray that those who walk in the Light would have fellowship and unity with one another.
Abkhaz
August 29, 2020

Country: Turkey | Population: 164,000 | Language: Abkhaz | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0%
In the 15th Century, Ottoman Turks conquered the Caucasus Mountain region, and many of the native Abkhazians converted from Christianity to Islam. When Russia regained control of the region, the Muslim Abkhazians felt threatened by Christian Russia and accepted refuge offered by Muslim Turkey. Abkhazians have begun to assimilate into mainstream Turkish culture and are in danger of losing their identity as a separate ethnic group. Still, they have retained their caste system and their complex native language, which includes more than 50 consonants and numerous pronunciations for each one. Pray that the complete Bible would be translated into their language. Pray that Christian Abkhazians left in Russia and Georgia would share Christ with their brothers in Turkey.
Iranun
August 22, 2020

Country: Philippines | Population: 264,000 | Language: Iranun | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.30%
The Iranun are a Filipino people group who were traditionally sailors and pirates. Many Iranun today make a living through fishing while others raise food crops. Their communities are centered around traditional laws and a headman, who is the leader that facilitates discussions and often settles local disputes. They practice the pillars of Islam but also integrate many animistic rituals into their beliefs. Pray for the Filipino Christian community to engage with the Iranun, to serve and love them and to share the message of Jesus.
Tajik
August 15, 2020

Country: Tajikistan | Population: 7.1 million | Language: Tajik | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0%
The Tajiks are one of the oldest people groups in Central Asia despite being invaded and conquered multiple times throughout history. After the USSR dissolved, Tajikistan went through a destructive civil war that killed thousands and collapsed the economy. Many Tajiks farm in the summers and live in the cities during the rest of the year, which creates an unsteady labor force. The majority of Tajiks are Sunni Muslim, although about 10 percent identify as non-religious. The Tajik are a spiritual people and are open to spiritual conversations. Pray that they would be open to learning about who Jesus is and what He taught, and they would not see Christianity simply as a “Russian” religion. Pray for workers to invest in the communities and support the local churches.
Deaf in India
August 8, 2020

Country: India | Population: 10-15 million | Language: Indian Sign Language | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
In other parts of the world, the children of deaf adults often serve as interpreters. However, in India, the grandparents or other extended families often raise children of deaf adults, and the children do not admit to having deaf parents, nor do they engage in the deaf community. There are actually about 60 evangelical churches serving the deaf community throughout India. Pray for these churches. Pray for a Bible training program specifically for the deaf Christian community to educate and raise up leaders. There is also a great need for interpreters. Pray for nationals as well as cross-cultural workers to serve as liaisons between the deaf and hearing populations. Pray for families to stay together, and that the deaf community would not feel abandoned.
Vietnamese
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

WEEKEND PRAYER FOR UPGs | PRAY for the Kui Khond
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.
Gilaki
July 18, 2020

WEEKEND PRAYER FOR UPGs | PRAY for the Gilaki
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.
Darzi
July 11, 2020

WEEKEND PRAYER FOR UPGs | PRAY for the Darzi
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.
Dhanuk
July 4, 2020

Country: India | Population: 4.2 million | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
Dhanuks reside primarily in India, although they also live across Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Their looks, language and culture are similar to the Tharus. They mainly serve as household help for wealthy landlords, and they are heavily influenced by the Hindu religion and Indian culture. While it is unknown how many Evangelicals live among the Dhanuk, we praise God that there are several churches and quite a few believers among them. Pray that these believers would be bold in sharing their faith, and that more would be transformed by the Gospel.
Pingdi
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.
Khandait
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.
Bhil
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.
Bashkirs
May 30, 2020

Country: Russia | Population: 1.6 million | Language: Bashkort | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 1.10%
The Bashkirs are a Turkic people who primarily live in the Ural Mountains of Bashkiria, Russia. Some also live in the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The Bashkirs are very closely related to the Russian Tatars. The only distinction is that their languages differ in dialect. The Bashkirs speak Bashkir; however, even today, many have declared Tatar as their native language. In the past, the Bashkirs were nomadic shepherds. Today, the village itself is regarded as the key to their social structure. The only national schools that are available to the Bashkir children are those within their national boundaries. Similarly, the only printing press in their language is located within their region. Pray for the creation of the Bible and other Christian materials to be translated into their heart language, and for their dissemination.
Serer-Sine
May 23, 2020

Country: Senegal | Population: 1.47 million | Language: Serer-Sine | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.81%
The Serer-Sine, also known as the Sereer, have built their society upon strong family ties and tradition. Farmers and herders, the Sereer live on a subsistence basis, relying on good crop yields for a prosperous year. Most Sereer adhere to traditional beliefs, while some have converted to Islam or Roman Catholicism. All systems of belief among the Sereer, including Muslims, Catholics and Animists, use a type of charm that is worn to bless the wearer. Unlike other people groups in Senegal, Sereer face little persecution for turning to other faiths. Pray that this openness would allow the Sereer to find true freedom in Christ.
Ravidas Chamar
May 16, 2020

WEEKEND PRAYER FOR UPGs | PRAY for the Ravidas Chamar
Country: India| Population: 47 million | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Chamar people live primarily in India’s western states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar. They are among the largest untouchable, or Dalit, communities in the Hindu world. This translates into frequent joblessness, lack of education and lifelong poverty. Day labor and petty business are main sources of income, along with the manufacture of shoes and chappal, an Indian sandal. The origins of the name “Chamar” come from their leather work. The Chamar are Hindu and follow the spiritual teachings of Ravidas. They recite mythological tales and sing songs from the religious epics. There is a slightly higher degree of responsiveness to the Gospel among the Chamars than among other Dalits. Pray for the ongoing church planting movement underway among Chamars in several districts across India, and for openness of heart and mind to the Lord.
Persian
May 9, 2020

WEEKEND PRAYER FOR UPGs | PRAY for the Persian
Country: Iran | Population: 37 million | Language: Persian | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 1.90%
The Persians come from a rich history of kings and kingdoms, poetry, art and advances in math and science. They were ruled by a king until the late 1970s, when their last king (or shah) was overthrown by Islamic revolutionists. Now Iran is an Islamic nation under the Ayatollah, or religious leader. They are fiercely devoted to family, gathering together almost every day. Iranian law dictates that women are to cover their heads and wear a special dress in public. Regardless of beliefs, most women abide by the rules, since penalties are strict. Although the majority profess to being Muslim, it is speculated that less than 10 percent of Persians strictly follow the practice of Islam. Pray for evangelization efforts among the Persians, as witnessing is illegal and conversion carries an even greater punishment.
Luri (Northern)
May 2, 2020

Country: Iran | Population: 1.85 million | Language: Luri | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Luri are a nomadic tribe of shepherds who live in the Zagros Mountains of southwestern Iran. Many believe they were the original inhabitants of this area. They travel six to eight months out of the year, only living in permanent dwellings during winter. The valleys in this area have rich pastures that make it ideal for this lifestyle. The Luri language is very similar to modern Persian, or Farsi. The men, who have regular contact outside the community, are generally bilingual, but the women only speak Luri. The Luri have had little chance of every hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While portions of the Bible have been translated into Luri, they do not have a complete New Testament. Pray that the Luri would receive a Christian witness. Pray for more openness in Iran to share the Gospel.
Jula
April 25, 2020

Country: Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) | Population: 2.6 million | Language: Jula | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.10%
The Jula people, also known as Dyula, were skilled craftsmen and traders in the 1500s. They held high status as merchants for centuries, and eventually their trading posts morphed into market villages and cities. Jula have been Muslim since the 1400s, but they maintain good relations with non-Muslim neighbors, trying to convert them by setting a good example rather than by force. They are fiercely loyal to their clans, and they maintain their cultural history through the oral traditions of dance and storytelling. The best way to present the Gospel is probably orally, and at the clan level in order to start a disciple-making movement. Pray that radio might be a tool to reach the Jula people. Pray that leaders of the Jula clans would come to know Christ, and that the Gospel would spread as a result.
Romani
April 18, 2020

Country: Egypt | Population: 1.76 million | Language: Domari | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.64%
Romani originated in India where they worked as musicians, entertainers and metal workers. Later, they were sent to Persia as minstrels. From there they were separated into two groups: one traveled northward and became the Romany-speaking European Romani; the other traveled southward and became known as the Domari, or Middle Eastern Romani. Rom is derived from the Indian word Dom, meaning “a man of low caste who gains his livelihood by singing and dancing.” The Romani live scattered throughout much of the world. Most of them are nomads, wandering from region to region, and they depend on a variety of entrepreneurial skills for their livelihood. Because of their nomadic lifestyle, it has been difficult for missionaries to reach them. Pray that Christian broadcasts and Scriptures would be made available.
Enim
April 11, 2020

Country: Indonesia | Population: 136,000 | Language: Malay | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Enim are very open to newcomers and are free to form relationships with anyone regardless of ethnic or religious background. This openness has led to many mixed marriages. Although almost entirely Muslim, Enim follow Islam because their ancestors chose it. Many still practice traditional beliefs, as well. The Enim believe that they originated from a supernatural being that lives in the forest. Heaven and Hell are understood to mean that which is good or bad in this world. Heaven means having a good or comfortable life. Hell means a difficult or unpleasant life. Pray for a personal and transformative understanding and belief of God, Heaven and Hell.
Paraiyan
April 4, 2020

Country: India | Population: 2.2 million | Language: Tamil | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
The Paraiyan of India believe in education, although a subset still struggle with literacy. They practice traditional and modern medicines, and they believe in family planning. Although they are Hindu, they are not vegetarians and will eat both beef and pork, along with other meats. Paraiyan is a Tamil word meaning drums and comes from the word Parai. They play the drums at weddings and other occasions, too. The Gospel is currently available in both written and audio form in the Tamil language. Pray that the Paraiyan would come to know Jesus through these materials.
Hazara
March 28, 2020

Country: Afghanistan | Population: 3.8 million | Language: Hazagari | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.03%
The Hazara have been heavily persecuted over the past few hundred years for being Shi’ite Muslims, a minority among Afghanistan’s dominant Sunni Muslims. Their traditional homeland lies in central Afghanistan amid rugged mountains - a wildly beautiful, nearly inaccessible region of craggy peaks and rushing rivers called the Hazarajat. Comprised of a half-dozen tribes, the Hazara identify by village location more than by family ties. Most work as laborers, market vendors or in service positions. The Hazara are in urgent need of basic health care and clean water, and illiteracy is high. Pray that they will have opportunities to hear the Word of God and be transformed by Its Good News.
Jaaliyin
March 21, 2020

Country: Sudan | Population: 3.4 million | Language: Arabic | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.60%
Like so many other Sudanese people groups, the Jaaliyin follow the Islamic faith and are generally very committed Sunni Muslims. The Jaaliyin consider themselves to be direct descendants of the prophet Mohammed. They live in small villages and cities along the banks of the Nile River. The area is very hot and dry, with an average yearly rainfall of about three inches. They are easily recognized by their facial scars, many of which are in the form of a T or H. The scars are a sign of tribal pride and are even more common on women than on men, for they are considered a sign of beauty. Pray for the Jaaliyin to recognize the true beauty of Christ and accept His love.
Dom
March 14, 2020

Country: India | Population: 2.1 million | Language: Odia | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
The Dom people are traditionally day-laborers, street musicians and beggars. Tradition says they were cursed to this life of poverty by their god for eating a cow. Most Doms are committed Hindus, with particular devotion to the gods Baba Ramdeo and Bhainro. Along with this devotion, each family worships a deity of its own choice. There are also a significant number of Dom Animists who constantly make small animal sacrifices to deter ill luck. Education is encouraged for boys, but not for girls. Pray that the Doms are presented with the Truth of the Gospel and freed from poverty.
Awan
March 7, 2020

Country: Pakistan | Population: 5.3 million | Language: Punjabi | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0%
The Awans were among those considered by the British to be “martial races,” and as such formed an important part of the British Indian Army. Historians describe them as valiant warriors and farmers. The Awan belong to the Zamindar or landowning class, and many families cultivate and live on the land which their ancestors have held for centuries. The Awan have been exclusively Muslim since the 10th century and there are no know Jesus-followers within this people group. Pray that the Lord will begin to move among the Awan and that they will have opportunities to hear the Gospel message.
Chaungtha
February 29, 2020

Country: Myanmar | Population: 182,000 | Language: Rakhine, Burmese | Main Religion: Buddhism | Evangelical: 0.07%
The Chaungtha are historically and ethnolinguistically related to the Burmese. Because of this, in recent decades their identity has been eroded as an increasing number of Chaungtha choose to identify themselves as Burmese, hoping to benefit from being aligned with the majority ruling people in Myanmar. Unfortunately, no missions agencies are currently working among the Chaungtha, and no part of the Bible has been translated into their language. The reason is probably because they use the Burmese script, and their language is so close to Burmese, it didn’t warrant its own translation. In the future, it is possible that the Chaungtha may cease to exist as a distinct ethnicity, as they are already well on the path to being assimilated by the Burmese. Pray that they would maintain their cultural uniqueness. Pray that the few Christian Chaungtha in Myanmar would be a witness to their people.
Wayuu
February 22, 2020

Country: Venezuela | Population: 365,000 | Language: Wayuu | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 1.5%
The Wayuu are an indigenous American ethnic group of the Guajira Peninsula in the northernmost part of Colombia and northwest Venezuela, on the Caribbean Sea coast. They have been semi-nomadic (not keeping permanent homes) for hundreds of years. The Wayuu traditionally have ignored the border that divides Colombia and Venezuela and have freely traveled back and forth. Their nomadic habits have been recognized and respected by both countries, and they have been granted dual citizenship. Their language is part of the Maipuran (Arawak) language family. While 7% of Wayuu identify as Evangelical in Colombia, only 1.5% do in Venezuela, making them an unreached people group. Pray that the Wayuu in Colombia would be able to witness to the Wayuu in Venezuela.
Mamasani
February 15, 2020

Country: Iran | Population: 124,000 | Language: Luri, Southern | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Mamasani people are a subgroup of the Luri people of Iran. They have been nomads in the western area of Iran for hundreds of years. They migrate wherever they can find enough food and water for their livestock. Because of their mobile lifestyle, education is low and illiteracy is high. They are entirely Muslim and have had no Gospel witness. They are considered a frontier unreached people group. Pray that Farsi speaking believers will take the Gospel to the Mamasani people. Pray for the development of Gospel-related stories and skits in the language of the Mamasani people.
Hui
February 8, 2020

Country: China | Population: 13.8 million | Language: Chinese, Mandarin | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
China’s third largest ethnic group, the Hui, have influenced and been influenced by the Han majority culture, so much so that the two often look like one. A major difference, however, is that the Hui are almost entirely Sunni Muslim, whereas the Han tend towards Buddhism and Taoism. The largest clusters of Hui live in China’s northeast along the ancient Silk Road route, where their origins are thought to have begun. Unlike other Muslim minorities in China, the Hui have been able to build their own mosques, worship freely and educate their children in Muslim private schools. Mission outreach to the Hui began in 1885, but few Hui have come to faith. Pray that more would hear the message of Salvation and come to believe.
Jebala
February 1, 2020

Country: Morocco | Population: 1.25 million | Language: Arabic | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The roots of the Jebala Arabs go back to the original Arabs from the Arabian Desert. From there, their ancestors migrated into northern Africa. Although there was some mingling with the native Berbers of the area, the Arabs remained a distinct group. Most Jebala Arabs are rural peasants who farm for a living. As a means of preserving their people and as an influence of their Muslim religion, Arabs practice endogamous marriages (marrying only within a small social circle). Very few Jebala Arabs have heard a clear presentation of the Gospel. Even among the few who have heard, a profession of faith in Jesus may cost them their families, honor, jobs, and sometimes their lives. Pray for doors to open to the Gospel in Morocco. Pray that the Gospel message would be clearly translated and presented for the Jebala. Pray that whole communities would come to faith in Christ, and that families would remain intact.
Hani
January 25, 2020

Country: China | Population: 763,000 | Language: Hani | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.30%
The Hani are a needy and poverty-stricken people, ranked among the lowest on China’s quality of life index. The Hani life expectancy is just 58 years. They practice ethnic religions, believing in a sky god named Abo-Momi, who sent a water buffalo to earth to teach man how to grow crops. The water buffalo is still revered among the people today. When a Hani man dies, his buffalo is slaughtered and buried with him, so that the animal can guide him to the next world. Their language consists of three tones and five dialects, but efforts to introduce an alphabet were never widely embrassed by the Hani, who today have a low literacy rate. As such, communicating the Gospel can be difficult. The Hani have traditionally been one of the most Gospel-neglected of China’s minorities. The few efforts to evangelize them were met with resistance. Pray for the Hani people. Pray that both their physical and spiritual needs would be met.
Dhangar
January 18, 2020

Country: India | Population: 2.8 million | Language: Gujarati | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
The Bharwad is a sub caste of the Dhangar community, one of the oldest existing communities of India, tracing its history back to Mahabharata times. The Dhangar have originated several ruling dynasties. Traditionally being warriors, shepherds, cowherds, buffalo keepers, blanket and wool weavers, butchers and farmers, the Dhangars were late to take up modern day education. They live a socially isolated life and are mostly illiterate. Pray that the Gospel message would reach them through radio. Pray that Christian believers among the Dhangar community will become mature in the faith, able to have a bold, kind witness for Jesus to their neighbors.
Qassab
January 11, 2020

Country: India | Population: 1 million | Language: Urdu | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Qassab people, found throughout different states of northern India, are known by many different names, including Kasai, Kassab, Kasbi, Bakar Qassab, Quresh, Gau Gowa, Shaikh, Chikwa, and others. Qassab in Arabic means “to cut.” They belong to a professional Muslim caste of butchers and slaughterers of animals and selling meat, although many now work in business or as daily-wage laborers. They are entirely Sunni. Pray that God would open their hearts to the Gospel message.
Ramoshi
January 4, 2020

Country: India | Population: 321,000 | Language: Marathi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Ramoshi live primarily in the Maharashtra districts and the northwest districts of Karnataka. The economy of the present day Ramoshi is based on the cultivation of farming lands and tending of cows, buffalo and sheep. They are Hindu and belong to the Lingayat sect. They worship a family deity as well as a village deity. They take part in regional fairs and festivals. Pray that God will provide new contacts and strategies for reaching the Ramoshi, and that their hearts will be opened to the Gospel.
Oraon
December 28, 2019

Country: India | Population: 4.5 million | Language: Kurux | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
The Oraon call themsleves Kurukh, taken from their hero-king Karakh. They speak Kurukh, Sadri and Hindi, but they write using the Devanagari script. They are mainly settled cultivators and also work as wage laborers and industrial workers. Their main deity is taken as Dharmes, and they also believe in a host of spirits. A priest is invited to perform their life cycle rituals. An Ojiha or mati is specially called to cure diseases by appeasing evil spirits. Pray for Christian witnesses to work among the Oraon.
Mangala
December 21, 2019

Country: India | Population: 1.9 million | Language: Teluga | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
In the Teluga language, “Mangala” means happiness. The name was given to the Mangala people because they traditionally played flutes at weddings. Today, they read and write in Teluga. They have a low regard for literacy, although they believe in education for their children. They work as barbers, musicians, midwives, hairdressers, and some work in government. They have one spouse and prefer cross cousin marriages. It is very difficult, if not illegal, for a Mangala to change religions, as Hinduism is so tied to their cultural identity. Pray that spiritual barriers will be broken, and the Mangala people will come to know Christ.
Hazara
December 14, 2019

Country: Afghanistan | Population: 3.8 million | Language: Hazaragi | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.03%
The Hazara are set apart from fellow Afghans by religion and mixed ethnicity, and they have faced persecution and hardships for it. Their traditional homeland lies in central Afghanistan amid rugged mountains - a wildly beautiful, nearly inaccessible region of craggy peaks and rushing rivers called the Hazarajat. Living among a Sunni Muslim majority, they are Shi’ite Muslims. Hazara origins are much debated, but many believe they descend from Mongol soliders left behind by Gennghis Khan in the 13th century. Their language is unwritten and contains regional dialects of Arabic, Urdu, Mongol, Turkish and Farsi. Prior to the 19th century, they made up a majority of the Afghan population, but years of persecution have decimated their numbers. Their semi-nomadic life is harsh, and food is usually inadequate. There are no missionaries currently working among the Hazara. Pray for opportunities to serve their urgent needs of basic health care, clean water and education. Pray that they would come to know their worth in the Father’s eyes.
Baiga
December 7, 2019

Country: India | Population: 582,000 | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
The Baiga people are part of a larger group known as Romani, which are all linked linguistically. They have maintained a mystical lifestyle that keeps them somewhat socially separate from their surrounding communities. Although Hindu, many follow folk beliefs and have high moral standards. Many live in poverty. Unsanitary lifestyle has created many physical needs among them. The quality of health care, nutrition and education is poor. Most children do not attend schools because their families are always on the move. Pray that resources and relationships will be made to help the physical and spiritual lives of the Baiga
Kuy
November 30, 2019

Country: Thailand | Population: 420,000 | Language: Kuay | Main Religion: Buddhism | Evangelical: 0.41%
The Kuy are mostly poor wet rice farmers. Farming is labor intensive, plowing with cows or water buffalo, and transporting goods by oxcart. The Kuy have an oral culture with high illiteracy. For most, education is only available for two or three years. Their beliefs are a mixture of animist and Folk Buddhist ideas with animism being the older and more dominant belief structure. The Kuy have little access to good health care. Pray for committed Thai believers to bring the Good News to these people.
French Jew
November 23, 2019

Country: France | Population: 453,000 | Language: French | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0%
Jews represent the oldest monotheistic religion. The Jews of Europe arrived on the continent at least 2,000 years ago during the early days of the Roman empire. Since then, they have been a significant influence in the history and culture of Europe. Much of what is considered “Jewish” today finds its roots among the European Jews. For religious Jews, God is the Supreme Being, the Creator of the universe, and the ultimate Judge of human affairs. Beyond this, the religious beliefs of the Jewish communities vary greatly. European Jews are extremely diverse in religious practice. The Jews have a wonderful understanding of their connection with the Abrahamic covenant. However, they also have a history of rejecting Jesus Christ as Messiah, the one who has fulfilled that covenant. Pray that as the Gospel is shared, it will not be viewed as anti-Semitic, but rather as the fulfillment of what God promised through Abraham centuries ago. Week 4: NOVE
Adi Andhra
November 16, 2019

Country: India | Population: 318,000 | Language: Telegu | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
The Adi Andhra are a Scheduled caste of people living in south India. A Scheduled caste means that they are disadvantaged and victims of past discrimination. As of 2001 only about 60% of the Adi Andhra could read and write at a basic level. Today most Adi Andhra are still landless, rural farm workers. Some also work as street sweepers, village watchmen and in the leather trade. The Adi Andhra give attention to the Hindu goddesses who they believe can protect them from epidemics, evil spirits and famine. Pray that they would come to know the one true God who can give them physical and spiritual healing.
Oromo Garre
November 9, 2019

Country: Kenya | Population: 886,000 | Language: Garre | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Garre are a sub-tribe of a much larger ethnic group known as the Somali. Those living in Kenya are concentrated mainly in the Wajiir and Mandera districts. Most of the Garre are nomadic herders. They live in portable huts made of bent saplings that are covered with animal skins or woven mats; the women live in separate huts. Villages are made up of several related families. The Somali tribes were converted to Islam in the 1400s. Today, the Garre are virtually all Shafiite Muslims. They are very orthodox in their religious practices. In recent years, the northeastern regions of Africa have suffered from severe drought. Healthcare facilities are also insufficient to meet the needs of the people. Pray that God would send workers to the Garre to meet their physical and spiritual needs.
Changar
November 2, 2019

Country: Pakistan | Population: 359,000 | Language: Punjabi | Main Religion: Islam| Evangelical: 0.00%
The Changar are found among the poor and the rich, the educated and illiterate, landlords and religious leaders. There is no way to generalize their lifestyles. Some practice Purdah, which is the seclusion of women. Women often live separately from their husbands and do not go outside the home without a male family member. They are often required to cover their entire body, with only a small screen around the eyes. This is done to protect the honor of both her husband, and her father’s family. The Bible has been translated into the Changar language, and the Gospel message is being broadcast, but there are few, if any, Changar Christians or churches. Pray that they would receive the message of hope and come to know Christ.
Yakut
October 26, 2019

Country: Russia | Population: 487,000 | Language: Yakut | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.10%
Indigenous to the far eastern Siberian republic of Yakutia, the Yakuts are a semi-nomadic people whose traditional way of life has mainly been dictated by the extreme climate in the area where they live. The harsh climate and permafrost mean agriculture is difficult, so regionally many Yakuts are still involved with animal husbandry and mining – Yakutia is one of the world’s major sources of diamonds. Historically, Yakut religion centers around Shamanism, with influences of Russian Orthodoxy. Pray that they will come to hear the truth of the Gospel and be set free of the fears and lies that keep them in poverty and darkness.
Sihanaka
October 19, 2019

Country: Madagascar | Population: 671,000 | Language: Malagasy | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 1.94%
The Sihanaka are a Malagasy ethnic group concentrated around Lake Alaotra and the town of Ambatondrazaka in central northeastern Madagascar. Their name means the “people of the swamps” in reference to the marshlands around Lake Alaotra that they inhabit. The traditional beliefs of the Sihanaka, as elsewhere in Madagascar, revolve around respect for a creator god (Zanahary) and ancestor worship. They are rice farmers and fishermen, with close ties to the Merina people. Pray that God will provide new contacts and strategies for reaching the Sihanaka, and that their hearts will be opened to the Gospel.
Ramoshi
October 12, 2019

Country: India | Population: 321,000 | Language: Marathi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Ramoshi have a difficult history. Considered a low caste, near untouchables, they served as security in the Maratha kingdom and fought under freedom fighter Umaji Naik Khomane against British rule in the early 1800s. For their role in the rebellion, they were categorized as a criminal, or “denotified” tribe, but the Ramoshi were finally recognized after successfully protesting the Indian government in 2017. The economy of the present day Ramoshi is based on agriculture, including tending cows, buffalo and sheep. They are Hindu and belong to the Lingayat sect. They worship a family deity as well as a village deity. Pray that God will open doors and send evangelistic tools to share the Gospel among the Ramoshi. Pray that they would see their worth as part of God’s Kingdom.
Okinawan Ryukyuan
October 5, 2019

Country: Japan | Population: 981,000 | Language: Okinawan | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.15%
The Ryukyuan are a group of indigenous people of the Ryukyu Islands. They are a tight-knit community that sees themselves bound together by their home island. They are Ryukyuan first and Japanese second. They are among the longest-lived people in the world. Native Ryukyuan religion places strong emphasis upon the role of the women in the community, with women holding positions as shamans and guardians of the home and hearth. Pray that the small number of Ryukyuan believers would have opportunities to boldly share their faith, and that others would come to understand the Good News of Jesus.
Banten
September 28, 2019

Country: Indonesia | Population: 3.16 million | Language: Sunda | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.08%
The Banten were Sunda people who broke off from the Padjajaran Kingdom in the 15th century to form the Banten Kingdom and have been Muslims ever since. They live in the Banten Province in the southwest part of the island of Java. Many Banten work in agricultural co-ops where their wages are pooled for community improvements. The Banten are led by formal leaders, Muslim religious leaders and leaders of traditions and cultures. Historians, archeologists and tourists are fascinated by the ancient Banten culture. While Banten is open to the outside world as a tourist destination, their traditions and culture are protected. Although they are faithful Muslims, Banten are known to practice black magic, and have great knowledge of the occult. Pray for a spiritual breakthrough among the Banten and for their hearts to be opened to the Gospel message.
Tanala
September 21, 2019

Country: Madagascar | Population: 1.35 million | Language: Malagasy, Plateau | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 2%
The Tanala, also called Antanala, are a Malagasy people living in a forested inland region of southeastern Madagascar. Translated to “People of the Forest,” the Tanala are skilled woodsmen, food gatherers and hunters. They trade in beeswax, honey and other forest products and engage in slash-and-burn agriculture. Their ethnic religion is deeply rooted in their ethnic identity, making it even more difficult to accept Christianity. Pray for the small number of believers among the Tanala. Pray that more will come to faith in Christ, while maintaining their cultural identity.
Enim
September 14, 2019

Country: Indonesia | Population: 136,000 | Language: Malay, Central | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Enim people live along a section of the Trans-Sumatra Highway bordering the Ogan people group. Many Enim living in villages sell sand and rocks that they collect from river beds. Enim follow Islam out of tradition, but they are very open to newcomers. They are free to form relationships with other ethnic and religious backgrounds, allowing for more opportunities for engagement. Pray that the Enim people would come to know more Jesus-followers. Pray for their immediate physical needs including better access to education, electricity and water. Pray that God would open their hearts to the Gospel message.
Rai
September 7, 2019

Country: Nepal | Population: 580,000 | Language: Nepali | Main Religion: Other | Evangelical: Unknown
The Rai is the largest ethnic group in eastern Nepal, living primarily as rice farmers. They speak several dialects of Kiranti, a Tibeto-Burman language, although most also speak Nepali. Although influenced by both Buddhism and Hinduism, the Rai retain their traditional religion, a worship of local deities and common ancestors. Proselytizing is illegal in Nepal, and families make it difficult for people to accept Christ. Pray for safety among Christians in Nepal. Pray that God would send bold witnesses to the Rai and that new believers would come to faith.
Uyghur
August 31, 2019

Country: China| Population: 11.8 million | Language: Uyghur | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Uyghurs are ethnically and culturally a Turkic people living in the areas of Central Asia commonly known as East Turkestan. The Uyghurs have a rich cultural history going back almost 4,000 years. In the 12th and 13th Centuries, it was estimated that the whole tribe was considered Christian, with as many as 8 million people. By the 14th Century, Christianity had completely disappeared from among the Uyghur. Today, Uyghurs practice a moderate form of Sufi Islam and lead predominantly secular lives, although there are a small number of believers living in China and Kazakstan. Pray for the Uyghur people. Pray also for God to send workers to witness among the Uyghur people.
Zaramo
August 24, 2019

Country: Tanzania | Population: 1.2 million | Language: Zaramo | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 2%
The Zaramo are a Bantu tribe who live in the coastal plains and low hills surrounding Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital. Their culture is matrilineal, meaning family names are passed down through women and children belong to the clan of their mother, not their father. Because of this, the birth of a daughter is especially celebrated. Marriage relationships are usually polygamous and divorce is common. The Zaramo began adopting Islam in the 19th century, which they mixed with their traditional ethnic religion. The New Testament is available in their language and there are Christians in the tribe. Pray that God would give these believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.
Adyghe
August 17, 2019

Country: Turkey | Population: 347,000 | Language: Adyghe | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0%
The Adyghe lived in the North Caucasus region of Southern Russia for more than a thousand years until they were conquered by ethnic Russians, when they fled (or were deported) to Turkey and the Middle East. From the 10th to 17th Centuries, most Adyghe were nominal Christians, although almost all now claim to be Sunni Muslim. In the past two decades, there has been a resurgence in Adyghe self-awareness and ethnic identity. The Adyghe value respect, hospitality and reverence for elders. Pray that the Bible translated in authentic Adyghe will connect with their ancient oral traditions. Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among the Adyghe people, and throughout Turkey.
Idaca
August 10, 2019

Country: Benin | Population: 165,000 | Language: Ede Idaca | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.70%
The Idaca are one of 64 distinct people groups found in Benin and little is known about them. The nation of Benin gained its independence in 1960, but the seventh coup after independence brought a repressive Marxist regime, and change is slowly occurring. While the Church in Benin is experiencing significant growth, few of the Idaca have heard a clear Gospel presentation. Pray for local testimony among the Idaca. Pray for continued growth of the Church in Benin, and for God to be glorified throughout this nation.
Vai
August 3, 2019

Country: Liberia | Population: 139,000 | Language: Vai | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.23%
The Vai are found in Northwestern Liberia, living among the coast surrounded by sandbars and swamps. Liberia is the oldest republic in Africa and the only African state never subjected to colonial rule. It remains primarily undeveloped. Most Vai are farmers, growing rice and vegetables. Others are skilled carpenters, weavers and tailors. Vai may attend three different schools: bush school to learn traditional Vai socialization skills, survival skills and other traits of village life; English language school; and Quranic schools to learn Arabic under the guidance of the village Iman (local Muslim religious leader). The Vai are predominantly Muslim, but they also hold on to traditional beliefs. They believe in a supreme god that manifests himself through spirits and nature. They also believe he is too distant to serve or worship directly, so they use a spirit medium. Pray that God would raise up career missionaries to serve in Liberia. Pray for spiritual strongholds to be broken, and for hearts to be open to the Gospel message.
Mwani
July 27, 2019

Country: Mozambique | Population: 154,000 | Language: Mwani | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.03%
Mwani tradition holds that just over 1,000 years ago, Arab traders came to the east coast of Africa to trade and take slaves. Entire people groups along the coast, including the Mwani, became Muslims since Arabs were not allowed to take Muslims as slaves. To be a Mwani is to be a Muslim. They go to the Madrassa (Islamic school) and learn to read the Quran in its original Arabic form, but many do not understand its meaning. Despite being able to read Arabic, most Mwani are illiterate in their own language and only speak a little of the national language of Portuguese. Most Mwani live on islands close to the coast in northern Mozambique. They live in poverty, making their living from fishing, water transportation and trading. Pray for the Bible to be completed in their heart language. Pray for opportunities for missions to bring education and microenterprise development to this people group. Pray for a Gospel breakthrough among the Mwani.
Tili
July 20, 2019

Country: India | Population: 1.1 million | Language: Bengali | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0%
The Tili derive their name from the Sanskrit word for the oil extracted from sesame and mustard, which is their traditional occupation. There are many subgroups among the Tili, but most live in West Bengal. There is a wealth of resources available in the Bengali language, but few believers. Pray for church plants and disciples to work among the Tili, and that this entire caste group would hear the Gospel.
Lobi
July 13, 2019

Country: Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire | Population: 626,000 | Language: Lobi | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 1.5%
The Lobi occupy the Black Volta region where Ghana, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso meet. Primarily farmers, they continually migrate in search of adequate farmland. The Lobi follow traditional animistic beliefs centered on the worship of deceased ancestors and objects from nature. The Lobi’s close neighbors, the Wala, have partially adopted the area’s dominant Islam religion. Even though the Lobi have the New Testament in their language, very few have become Christians. Pray they would hear a clear presentation of the Gospel. Pray that the fruit of the Spirit would be evident among Lobi believers as they share Christ with their own people.
Dongxiang
July 6, 2019

Country: China | Population: 634,000 | Language: Dongxiang | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0%
The Dongxiang are one of China’s 56 officially recognized ethnic minorities. They are described as being Mongol in race, Muslim in religion and Chinese (Han) in culture. They are believed to be descendants of Genghis Khan’s Mongolian troops posted in the Linxia area, who later converted to Sunni Islam. Today, they are mainly farmers and are among the least educated people groups in China, with only a 12% literacy rate. Pray that God would open the door for missionary activity among the Dongxiang. Pray for increased education and literacy, and for Bible resources to be translated into their heart language.
Digor
June 29, 2019

Country: Russia | Population: 102,000 | Language: Digor-Ossetian | Main Religion: Islam| Evangelical: 0.02%
The Digor people live in southern Russia, mostly in the mountainous northwest section of the province of North Ossetia. They have a multi-layer identity, as Digor, Muslim, Ossetian and Russian. Their language comes from an ancient Ossetian branch, descending from the barbarian-Scythians, mentioned in Colossians 3:11. A high percentage of Digor Ossetians have been Muslim since the 17th Century, whereas most other Ossetians identify as Russian Orthodox. Their ways are deeply rooted in Islam tradition, making it difficult for the Gospel to break through. Additionally, there is a great need for Gospel resources in written and audio form, to be created or translated into the Digor language. Pray for these resources to be developed, and for people of peace in Digor towns.
Nung
June 22, 2019

Country: Vietnam | Population: 1.1 million | Language: Nung | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.15%
The Thai-Nung people live in a highland area in northeast Vietnam, near the border with China. In China, the Nung belong to the Zhuang minority people group, whereas in Vietnam, they are considered an official nationality. The Thai-Nung are divided into a number of clans, based on the lands in China from which they originated. Marriages are arranged, and wives go to live with their husband’s relatives. Marriages are strictly within the clan, and birth dates are taken into consideration to ensure compatibility based on zodiac signs. Their religion centers around ancestor worship and shamanism (spirit worship). Villages depend on shamans to cure the sick by magic, speak with the gods and control events. Pray that the Bible would be translated into the Nung language, a feat made difficult by the differences in the clan languages. Pray for doors to open for missions activity in Vietnam and China. Pray that God would protect the few Thai-Nung believers, and that the spiritual strongholds over the Nung people would be broken.
Fulfulde, Borgu
June 15, 2019

Country: Benin | Population: 616,000 | Language: Fulfulde, Borgu | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.8%
The Fulfulde, Borgu of Benin are part of the Fulani, a large people group that immigrated from North Africa and the Middle East, to Central and West Africa centuries ago. They are mostly nomadic herdsman, although some have become farmers or educated leaders in their communities. The Fulani are grouped and named according to their dialect, location and occupation. The Fulfulde, Borgu occupy the northern and central regions of Benin and speak a Niger-Congo language. They are a proud people group, with a strong belief that showing any fear is a sign of weakness. Pray that God would raise up witnesses among the Fulani in Benin.
South Giziga
June 8, 2019

Country: Cameroon | Population: 130,000 | Language: Giziga | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 1.3%
The South Giziga are located in parts of Cameroon and are considered “Kirdi” which literally means “pagan” in the Kanuri language. “Kirdi” is a name given by the Muslim Kanuri to the many cultures and people groups living in northwestern Cameroon and northeastern Nigeria who had not converted to Islam at the time of colonization. While the North Giziga are considered reached, with 59% identifying as Christian and 6% Evangelical, the South Giziga are still largely unreached. Pray that God would give favor to the Christians among the Giziga, and that they would be powerful witnesses to their neighbors. Pray that the Holy Spirit would soften their hearts toward Christianity and that a strong local church would be planted among each of the Kirdi tribes
Jambi
June 1, 2019


Country: Indonesia | Population: 1 million | Language: Malay, Jambi | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0%
The Jambi people are a proud people with links to the ancient Malay kingdom that flourished from the 7th century AD until the Middle Ages. Because of this pride, the Jambi are less willing to accept modernization and reform. They live in a lowland basin of dense jungles, swamps and rivers. Travel between communities is done more frequently by water than land. The Jambi are Muslim, and every village has a mosque or prayer house, and typically a Muslim school (madrasah). Pray that the Jambi people would be open to greater educational assistance and medical support. Pray they would have access to a Gospel witness.

Czech
May 25, 2019

Country: Czechia | Population: 10.2 million | Language: Czech | Main Religion: Non-Religious | Evangelical: 0.70%
The Czech people group are the largest ethnic group in Czechia, formerly known as the Czech Republic, which was established in the 1990s after the split of Czechoslovakia. The Czechia trace their ethnic heritage back to the Migration Period of the 6th Century, when they were known as Bohemians. While once a Christian nation, as much as 75% of Czechs now identify as non-religious. The rest identify as Catholics or Protestants, but most are nominal. Pray for re-awakening in this country and that nominal Christians would give their lives to Jesus.
Bania
May 18, 2019

Country: India | Population: 29 million | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
The Bania are traditionally a large trading community, and are third in hierarchy within the Hindu caste system. They are highly literate, and both boys and girls are encouraged to attain university degrees. Overall, the Bania are a wealthy and influential community who exercise control over much of the economy. Pray that God would send Christian witnesses to the Bania people. Pray that they would come to faith in Christ and serve as a blessing to their country.
Aringa
May 11, 2019

Country: Uganda | Population: 611,000 | Language: Aringa | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 1.5%
The Aringa live primarily in the Yumbe District in northwestern Uganda. Traditionally hunters and herdsmen, a growing number of the Aringa are becoming businessmen. They typically have large families and are hard workers. They are mostly Muslim, with a small number of Christians. The Muslim response to evangelism has been mixed, but recent peace in the area has led to mvore cooperation. Pray for growth of the church and acceptance in their communities. Pray for continued peace and development in Uganda.
Antankarana
May 4, 2019

Country: Madagascar | Population: 187,000 | Language: Malagasy, Antankarana | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.74%
The Antankarana, literally “the people of the rocks,” occupy the far northern part of Madagascar, where they are isolated from the southern regions by the Tsaratanana mountain range. In the 19th century, while hiding from an enemy people, the Antankarna king made a vow that if his people survived, they would embrace Islam. They still honor this vow today, intermingling Islamic religion with traditional Malagasy customs. Pray for Gospel witnesses to go to the Antankarana, and that they would come to know and love Jesus.
Gujarati
April 27, 2019

Country: Tanzania | Population: 493,000 | Language: Gujarati | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0.10%
The Gujarati are originally from the state of Gujarat in western India, but significant Gujarati communities are located in some 27 nations, many in Africa. The Gujarati who have emigrated are usually from wealthier castes and involved in trade or small business. Most of the communities have no Christian witnesses, even though the Bible is available in their language. Pray that God will raise up missionaries willing to share Christ with the Gujarati in Tanzania. Pray that Gujarati businessmen will accept Christ and take the gospel to their own people.
Telugu
April 20, 2019

Country: Saudi Arabia | Population: 350,000 | Language: Teluga | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0.06%
Telugu is a Dravidian (southern Indian) language spoken mainly in India’s states of Andhra Pradesh and Telegana. This part of India was ruled in part by monarchs up until 1948, and it is still one of India’s most prosperous areas. However, Telugus have managed to make the marks in other parts of the world. In Saudi Arabia, they tend to live in Riyadh and other major cities. Most are professionals. The Hindu Telegu have been abused in the strict Sunni Islamic state, but they continue to grow and establish their own cultural heritage in Saudi Arabia. Surprisingly, 3% of Telugu in Saudi Arabia are Christian, although less than 1% are Evangelical. Pray for a disciple-making movement to emerge among this group. Pray for their safety
Berti
April 13, 2019

Country: Sudan | Population: 319,000 | Language: Arabic, Sudanese | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0%
The Berti are a tribal people that have only been recently reported in Sudan, after 300 families were led there to a refugee camp to escape fighting in their home region. The Muslim people herd livestock and raise crops. They did not join the violence around them, but wars encroached upon their region. Berti are now a displaced people in Sudan. Pray for peace, justice and salvation for the Berti people. Pray that Christian workers in the refugee camps would be able to demonstrate God’s love for the Berti people in such a way that they would come to know Jesus.
Malay
April 6, 2019

Country: Australia | Population: 138,000 | Language: Malay | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.25%
Although the majority of Malay can be found in Malaysia, there are people groups spread throughout southeastern Asia, and even in Australia. However, regardless where they are found, Malays worldwide define themselves by their common language and Muslim faith. While it is illegal to evangelize Malays in Malaysia, other countries, like Australia, have religious freedom. Pray for effectiveness in gospel broadcasts among the Malay. Pray that the Malays in Australia would have access to a gospel witness and would come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
Kashmiri
March 30, 2019

Country: India | Population: 6.8 million | Language: Kashmiri | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0%
Kashmir is a breathtaking region located in the western Himalayan Mountains, but unfortunately it has been a battleground between India, Pakistan and China for years. Most Kashmiri are devout Sunni Muslims, and they believe the Bible is wrong when it contradicts the Koran. Those who convert to Christianity are viewed as immoral. Pray that God will protect Kashmiri believers from persecution and for God to soften the hearts of Kashmiri Muslims toward the gospel.
Susu
March 23, 2019

Country: Guinea, West Africa | Population: 1.09 million | Language: Susu | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.02%
The Susu are primarily farmers, and most live without clean water. Although they have had access to the gospel, there are still few believers in the region. Pray that God will provide new contacts and strategies for reaching the Susu, and that their hearts will be opened to the gospel.
Pashtun
March 16, 2019

Country: Pakistan | Population: 25.4 million | Language: Pashto, Northern | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: Unknown
A race of warriors, the Pashtun are known by the “code of ethics” that they live by called Pashtunwali. Many of the Pashtun are extremely poor, living in unsanitary conditions and without education. Pray that God will provide clean water, medical teams and school teachers to help demonstrate and proclaim the love of Christ. Pray that God will provide greater peace and freedom to live and work among the Pashtun.
Beja-Bedawi
March 9, 2019

Country: Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea | Population: 3.5 million | Language: Bedawiyet | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0%
The Beja are a group of nomadic shepherds who represent the largest non-Arabic ethnic group between the Nile River and the Red Sea. They are said to be the descendants of Noah’s grandson, Cush, and have occupied their current homelands for more than 4,000 years. Pray that God will send more workers and evangelistic tools to share the gospel among the Beja.
Berber-Shawiya
March 2, 2019

Country: Algeria and Tunisia | Population: 2.2 million | Language: Tachawit | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0%
The Shawiya are Berber shepherds who refer to themselves as Imazighen, or “free and noble men.” This independence and pride is deeply ingrained in their culture. Although the Shawiya are Muslim, most have little knowledge of the practices of the Koran. However, since Algeria’s independence, missionaries are not allowed in the country, and opposition to the gospel is intense. Pray that God will open the doors of Algeria to the preaching of the gospel and that a strong local church will be raised up among the Shawiya.
Mazanderani
February 23, 2019

Country: Iran | Population: 2.3 million | Language: Mazanderani | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 1.14%
An ethnic mix of Turkic tribes, Armenians, and Russian immigrants, the Mazanderani language remains unwritten, which presents a roadblock to their cultural and spiritual progress. Pray for doors to open to Christian teachers to serve this people group. Pray that God will open the hearts of Iran’s government leaders to allow access to the gospel.
Mbojo
February 16, 2019

Country: Indonesia | Population: 804,000 | Language: Bima | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.02%
Although most Mbojo are devout Muslims, they still believe in spirits and practice forms of animism. Pray for the medical needs of this people group, who only make use of healers for their physical ailments. Pray that they will come to hear the truth of the gospel and be set free of the fears and lies that keep them in poverty and darkness.
She
February 9, 2019

Country: China | Population: 1.06 million | Language: Hakka, Chinese | Main Religion: Daoist | Evangelical: 0.12%
An official minority people in China, the She spend their days tending to rice fields, singing as they work, as music is very important to their culture. Although few people speak the She language, most She speak Hakka. Pray that they will hear the gospel of salvation through this language and be able to sing a new song of hope and joy.
Ansari
February 2, 2019

Country: India | Population: 10.5 million | Language: Urdu | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: Unknown
In Arabic, Ansari means “friend indeed” or “one who helps.” The Ansaris are known for their friendliness and hospitality, which can open doors for believers to develop close friendships. Pray that doors will continue to open for believers to share the gospel among this people group.
Wolof
January 27, 2019

Country: Senegal, Gambia | Population: 6.5 million | Language: Wolof | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: less than 1%
Virtually all Wolof follow Islam. Pray for workers who are sensitive to the Muslim culture to go and work among the Wolof. Pray for the small number of Wolof believers to have the courage to share the love of Christ among their own people, despite strong persecution.
Bhoi
January 19, 2019

Country: India | Population: 6.3 million | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: unknown
The entirely Hindu community has no followers of Jesus among them, although nominal Christians who do not truly follow Christ’s teachings may be an impediment to the Bhoi. Pray the people will be able to see that there is a difference between true disciples of Christ and those who are Christian only in name. Pray that God will deliver families and communities within the Bhoi people from fears that hinder them from embracing His blessings
Somali
January 12, 2019

Country: Somalia | Population: 10.6 million | Language: Somali | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0%
The Somali people did not have a written language until 1972, and as a result over half of the adults are illiterate. Somalia has been plagued by droughts, famines, wars, malnutrition and lack of modern health services. Pray that God would raise up missionary teachers and healthcare workers to help the Somali. Pray the gospel would be broadcast throughout Somalia to reach those who are illiterate. Pray for God to soften their hearts so that they would be more receptive to receiving the Good News.