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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
Silt’e
November 27, 2021

Country: Ethiopia | Population: 1.5 million | Language: Silt’e | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.09%
The Silt’e live in southwestern Ethiopia. The Silt’e were formerly considered part of the Gurage people group but after the fall of the Derg regime in 1991, they worked to form their own independent ethnic identity, and formed the Silte zone in 2001. In urban areas, they typically work as merchants. In the countryside, they make their living by farming or cultivating a type of banana. The majority of Silt’e are Muslim. Pray for the vast physical needs of the Silt’e people as they are experiencing food insecurity and poverty among other conditions. Pray for missionaries to come and show the love of Christ especially through the tools of medicine and education. Pray for those who have a heart to work with the youth as there are opportunities to invest in their lives and teach them about practical and spiritual truths.
Phu Thai
November 20, 2021

Country: Thailand | Population: 492,000 | Language: Phu Thai | Main Religion: Buddhism | Evangelical: 0.10%
The Phu Thai live throughout Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. They highly value their traditions and embrace their rich cultural heritage. This allows them to have a strong sense of community which does make it challenging for them to be open to outside ideas and to change. The Phu Thai mix their Buddhist faith with the worship of 25 spirits. Each year they hold the Pi Tian (“Spirit of heaven”) festival. The community gathers to offer sacrifices and prayers to the spirit that lives in paradise. They believe that there is a moment where this spirit comes down from heaven. They respond by dancing and jumping for joy. There are stories of healing that take place during this ceremony. Pray for the Phu Thai to recognize that Jesus is the eternal Spirit who has come down from heaven and dwelt on earth. Pray that they would receive the Holy Spirit who gives lasting joy. Pray for the several hundred Phu Thai Christians to have the boldness to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with their people.
Kim Mun
November 13, 2021

Country: China | Population: 339,000 | Language: Kim Mun | Main Religion: Ethnic religions | Evangelical: 0.12%
Kim Mun means “people in the forest.” They are well-know for their unique customs and creativity including making paper from roots and leaves. The Kim Mun practice ancestor worship and sacrifice pigs three times a year as a way to honor them. They believe that bad people go to their version of hell, which is a dense, dark forest with no villages. They also believe that there are several levels of heaven. Good people will go to one of these levels based on how much the eldest son takes care of the spirits of their dead parents. If a man has no son, he believes his soul will be lost. He will do whatever he can to birth a son. Pray for the Kim Mun to recognize that Jesus is the Son of the living God who has paid the price for their sins. Pray that they turn from their false beliefs and accept the revelation of the Gospel. Pray for the tiny groups of believers scattered throughout southern China who can be a witness to their own people.
Muna
November 6, 2021

Country: Indonesia | Population: 346,000 | Language: Muna | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.05%
The Muna people live on the islands of Muna and Buton as well as several surrounding smaller islands. They are farmers who grow cashews, corn, rice, and spices. Those who live on the coast work in pearl farming or harvesting seaweed. The Muna are highly communal and live in kinship groups; they have a practice of pokadula (mutual assistance) which they integrate into a number of their activities. The Muna have a tradition of kite flying using a large dioscorea hispida leaf as the kite. Tradition has it that farmers used kite flying as a form of entertainment while keeping watch over their farms. One of their beliefs is that in the afterlife the leaf kite will change into an umbrella to protect the owner from the sun. Animistic beliefs like this are intertwined into their faith as Shiite Muslims. Pray for openness of the Muna people to have missionaries join their communities. There is a high need for education and practical training in managing their natural resources. Pray for workers to come and provide this training as well as to share the light of Jesus. Pray for the Muna to boldly approach the throne of grace and receive His gift of salvation.
Aimaq
October 30, 2021

Country: Afghanistan | Population: 1.6 million | Language: Aimaq | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Aimaq people were once known as a nomadic people who were formidable warriors. Drought and war forced them into a semi-nomadic and largely subsistent life as herders, farmers and carpet weavers. The Aimaq people consist of some six tribes and over 250 sub-tribes. Fewer are speaking the Aimaq language today—preferring instead to speak dialects of Dari mixed with words of Mongol and Turkic origin. Tribal customs remain strong, and tribal laws by village leaders usually supersede government and even some Islamic rules. Pray for God to make His Gospel known to the Aimaq in the ways and places of His choosing, whether in Afghanistan or as refugees in other countries. Pray that God would use these uncertain times to communicate His steadfast love and faithful presence.
Teli (Muslim traditions)
October 23, 2021

Country: Pakistan | Population: 2.47 million | Language: Western Punjabi | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.0%
The Teli’s name is derived from the Sanskrit word for oil pressed from seeds. The Muslim Teli of Punjab claim to have descended from Baba Hasu, the inventor of the oil press. The Teli trace their ancestral roots back to the Biblical Job, and to Luqman, who they believe was an oil extractor for King David. Some Teli continue to press oil from sesame and mustard seeds, but many have started other small businesses, or work raising cash crops. There are very few followers of Christ among the Teli. Pray that all Teli would come to know God in the way that King David and Job did—a loving God who offers forgiveness and new life in Him. Pray that they would recognize Jesus as God’s son and believe in Him as their Personal Savior, and that He would establish a strong church among the Teli.
Tunisian Arab
October 16, 2021

Country: Tunisia | Population: 11 million | Language: Arabic, Tunisian Spoken | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
Tunisia has a rich history of Phoenician, Roman, and Byzantine culture. A strong Christian church was established there in the first few centuries after Christ, but disappeared soon after. Virtually all Tunisian Arabs are Muslim, however the country is largely secular and many Tunisians seldom, if ever, go to a mosque. Tunisians place a high value on family. They are friendly and known for their hospitality. Nearly 40% of Tunisians are under the age of 25, and they are highly educated. Lack of employment in the country led to an overthrow of the government in 2011, and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Pray for God to strengthen, encourage, protect, and multiply the small number of Tunisian Arab believers. Pray for completion of Bible translation work in this language. Pray that entire Tunisian families would come to faith and choose to follow Jesus. Pray that God would establish churches in every city and village in the country.
Isan Tai
October 9, 2021

Country: Thailand | Population: 18.5 million | Language: Northeastern Thai | Main Religion: Buddhism | Evangelical: 0.27%
The Isan Tai, or Lao Isan, are found throughout northeastern Thailand. This region is primarily a flat arid plain with few natural resources. Infrequent rainfall limits the production of their crops and many Isan suffer from poverty. Originally forceably relocated from Laos, the Isan retain much of their language, beliefs, and culture. The Isan are world-reknown for their exquisite mudmee process of repeatedly dyeing silk threads, which are woven into fabric. Most follow the teaching of Buddha and seek happiness and prosperity in this life, and in their future lives through merit, with the hope of someday achieving Nirvana, or perfect peace. The Isan believe that they can earn merit by doing good deeds including feeding Buddhist monks, donating to temples, and frequent worship. Many of the Isan combine Buddhist teaching with traditional folk religion practices, including the worship of spirits and objects. Pray for God to open the Isan to hearing the Gospel. Pray for Thai believers and others who are actively seeking to share Christ with them. Pray that the Isan would choose to follow Jesus—the Prince of Peace who offers them His peace in this life, and eternal life in His presence.
Gadaria
October 2, 2021

Country: India | Population: 6.6 million | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hindu | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Gadaria were literally named for their traditional occupation as shepherds of sheep. While some Gadaria continue to raise goats and cattle for milk, most are hardworking day laborers in construction and masonry work. Few Gadaria are able to read and write, so they rely on Brahmin priests to conduct rites of passage and teach traditions. There are no known Gadaria followers of Jesus. Pray that Gadaria would hear the Gospel by radio. Pray that believers in India would reach out to them so they would be able to hear the Gospel in person or watch the story of Jesus. Pray that the Gadaria would choose to follow the Good Shepherd who loves them and longs to care for them, not just as His sheep, but as His children.
Situ Jiarong
September 25, 2021

Country: China | Population: 209,000 | Language: Jiarong | Main Religion: Buddhism | Evangelical: 0.3%
The Jiarong were divided into 18 small kingdoms up until 1949. Their language is puzzling to Chinese scholars because of the extreme variations between the five Jiarong languages, which are described as a language bridge between Tibetan and Burmese. The majority of Situ Jiarong are farmers who herd livestock and grow crops along river basins in central Sichuan. Ninety percent of the Jiarong are Tibetan Buddhists, while most of the rest follow the polytheistic practices of the Qiang. Missionary work to learn the Jiarong language began in the 1930’s, but all work was lost with the invasion of the Red Army in 1936. Pray for the Scripture to be translated into the Situ Jiarong language. Pray for the few scattered Jiarong believers to grow strong in their faith so that they would be able to disciple others. Pray that the Good News of Jesus would take root among the Jiarong and grow into a strong, active, and vital part of the Body of Christ in China.
Dendi
September 18, 2021

Country: Benin | Population: 274,000 | Language: Dendi | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.03%
The Dendi are one of some 65 ethnic groups in Benin, the least evangelized non-Muslim country south of the Sahara. Farming is a noble profession for the Dendi, but it is only for men. Women have gardens where they grow vegetables and fruits. Villages are comprised of people with a common male ancestor. Over 99% of Dendi are at least superficially Muslims, however spirit possession, magic, sorcery, ancestor worship, and witchcraft are core components of their beliefs and daily practices. Pray that God would open their eyes so they would see that Jesus is above all of the spirits, powers, and rulers of darkness. Pray that the Dendi would recognize the lies they have been told, and would choose to follow Jesus, who offers them the whole armor of God to withstand the evil one. Pray for the Dendi church to thrive and shine the light of the Gospel brightly for all to see.
Banjar
September 11, 2021

Country: Indonesia | Population: 4.4 million | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.08%
The Banjar people live on the southern coast of Kalimantan (the Indonesian part of Borneo). They tend to marry and settle near parents or relatives, seldom moving to other parts of Indonesia. They are devout Muslims, and Islam influences every aspect of their identity and daily life. Yet they hold on to traditional animistic beliefs of supernatural beings living in stones, trees, and mountains. The Banjar do not look positively on modern methods or technologies. They do not mix much with other groups and are suspicious of outsiders’ intentions. Pray that the Banjar would be open to hearing the Gospel. Pray for church planting efforts and that these fellowships of believers would flourish and grow. Pray that the Banjar would find their true identity in Christ, who is their Creator and Savior.
Hazara
September 4, 2021

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 amidst rugged mountains. It is 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. Many believe the Hazara are descendants of Mongol soldiers left behind by Genghis 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 that they would come to know their worth in the Father’s eyes.
Tay
August 28, 2021

Country: Vietnam | Population: 1.8 million | Language: Tay | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.2%
The Tay were once master hunters, but today they are mostly peasant farmers working on community (or collective) farms growing wet rice and other crops. The Tay worship a multitude of gods associated with earth, water, fire, and important ancestors. The Tay are also animists who worship many other ghosts and spirits that occupy non-living objects. Pray that the Tay would recognize that Jesus is the one they should worship and that He can free them from their spiritual bondage. Pray that God would call people to go and share Christ with the Tay. Pray that the Holy Spirit would soften Tay hearts to hearing the story of Jesus. Pray that God would encourage and strengthen the few Tay believers. Pray that God would fill Tay believers with His Holy Spirit to empower them to boldly proclaim the Gospel.
Alawite
August 21, 2021

Country: Syria | Population: 1.3 million | Language: Arabic | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.02%
The Alawis have long faced persecution and threat of extinction from Sunni Muslims who regarded the Alawis as heretics because of their secret beliefs. The Alawi believe that they are the chosen people of God, the only ones to have seen the light in a world of darkness. They believe that all people were stars in the world of light, but fell from there due to disobedience. Alawis believe they must be reincarnated seven times before they once again return to the stars. If they are sinful, they will be reborn as Christians until their atonement is complete. Infidels will be reborn as animals. Pray that the Alawi refugees would encounter believers in countries like Turkey and Greece, through whom Jesus shines brightly. Pray that God would open their eyes so they would see that Jesus is the light of the world, and that He alone is their Savior.
Bedar (Hindu traditions)
August 14, 2021

Country: India | Population: 2.5 million | Language: Kennada | Main Religion: Hindu | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Bedar, which means “hunter,” often serve as village police, soldiers, traders, messengers, laborers, or servants. Both Bedar men and women wear silver and gold jewelry. Bedar girls at the age of 4 or 5 are ritually tattooed on their forearms, forehead, temples, and corners of the eyes. Their primary Hindu deity is Shiva, the destroyer, and they have faith in soothsaying, sorcery, and astrology. Pray for opportunities for believers to share Christ with the Bedar. Pray that the Bedar would come to know that Jesus, their creator and Savior, who knows the past and the future, offers them freedom from their rituals, forgiveness of their sins, and new life in Him.
Azeri
August 7, 2021

Country: Azerbaijan | Population: 8.8 million | Language: Azerbaijani | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.22%
The Azeri’s name is believed to have come from a 4th century Persian ruler, however “azer” is the Persian word for fire, and Azerbaijan means “the place of holy fire.” The Azeri were first conquered by the Persiansi in the 6th century B.C. followed by the Turks, Ghengis Khan, and eventually incorporated into the Soviet Union. Today Azerbaijan, thanks to its oil production, is the most developed and powerful nation in that region. Pray for God to call believers to live and serve among the Azeri. Pray that God would raise up a strong and vibrant Azeri church. Pray that the Azeri would recognize that Jesus is Holy and that He is calling them to follow Him.
Shaikh
July 31, 2021

Country: Bangladesh | Population: 136 million | Language: Bengali | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Shaikh are decendents of Arab settlers who arrived after the Islamic Sultanate in South Asia was established in 711 AD. Technocrats, bureaucrats, soldiers, traders, scientists, architects, teachers, theologians, and sufis came from the rest of the Arab and Muslim world to this region where they would settle permanentlly. The word Shaikh means “elder” or “venerable old man” and is often used as a title to signify wisdom. Shaiks are highly regarded for their business skills and many work in the public sector. There are very few known Shaikh Christians, and believers can face much persecution. Pray that the Shaikh would discover that God is the source of true wisdom. Pray that they would realize that God knows their every hurt and thought and that His love for them is greater than they can comprehend. Pray for God to send more believers to demonstrate and share the Gospel with them. Pray that God would move in a mighty way to establish a strong, vibrant, and thriving church among the Shaikh in Bangladesh.
Java Pesisir Lor
July 24, 2021

Country: Indonesia | Population: 37.5 million | Language: Javanese | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Java Pesisir Lor are a distinctive people group living in the villages, towns, and cities in the north-central part of the Island of Java. Most are farmers or fisherman, but many are seeking urban occupations throughout Indonesia. The Pesisir Lor’s diet consists of a variety of spiced rice and soybean-cake dishes with vegetables, along with an occasional egg or bit of meat that is served with tea or coffee. Nearly all Pesisir Lor people profess to be Sunni Muslims, but Sufi mystical beliefs are widely practiced. The Pesisir Lor travel throughout the year to the burial site of two men who introduced Islam to the island many centuries ago. At these graves, the Pesisir Lor venerate and ask the ancient spirits for health, salvation, and sustenance. Pray for Christians who are working to plant churches in this part of Indonesia. Pray that God would bless and bring fruit from their efforts. Ask God to call more people to go and live and serve among this unreached people group. Pray that the Pesisir Lor would find true salvation that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
Fula Maasina
July 17, 2021

Country: Mali | Population: 1.29 million | Language: Maasina Fulfulde | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Fula Maasina are much like the Fulani peoples found throughout West Africa. They are largely agricultural-based, raising cattle along with sheep and goats. They farm crops like millet, rice, and peanuts. Fula Maasina villages or communities are typically scattered but include a center court, a mosque, and often an Islamic school. They are very devoted to Islam and view it as part of their identity. The Fula Maasina are very resistant to Christianity as they fear that it will divide their families. Pray that God would open the eyes and hearts of family and village leaders so they would see the truth. Pray for more believers and workers to live among the Fula Maasina. Pray that the Fula Maasina would recognize Jesus as their Savior and that they would choose to follow Him.
Bouyei
July 10, 2021

Country: China | Population: 3.3 million | Language: Bouyei | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.17%
The Bouyei are one of the ancient peoples of Guizhou and one of the 55 official minorities in China. They were once known as the Chunchia, or “people in the middle.” Thousands of Bouyei were burned at the stake during the Nanlang Rebellion of 1797, which caused many to flee to Vietnam. The government ended education in the Bouyei language in 1995. Only 12% of the Bouyei have attended high school. The Bouyei are polytheists. Superstitions rule their lives, and shamans are hired to cast out demons of illness or bad fortune. Pray for church planting efforts among the Bouyei. Pray that they would recognize that Jesus has power over all of the creatures of darkness and that they would find hope, life, peace, and freedom in Him.
Jat
July 3, 2021

Country: India | Population: 19.3 million | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hindu | Evangelical: <0.03%
The Jats live scattered around the world among several ethnic groups, yet retain their own identity. A well known Jat proverb says that men may come and men may go, but I go on forever. It has been said that no Jat wants to be ruled. They are brave, hardworking people who possess both the desire and ability to rule. The Jat are known for their military prowess. They place great pride in their ancestry and rarely marry people from other ethnic groups. They can be found in all walks of life including high academic and technical positions. Jats are traditionally nomadic herdsmen or settled farmers who grow crops including wheat, corn, millet, and sugar beets. Pray for opportunities for Christian doctors, nurses and other workers to share the love of Jesus with the Jats. Pray that the Jats would know God as the Beginning and the End—who is, and who was, and who is to come. Pray that influential members of the Jat community would believe in Christ and that they would boldly share the Gospel with their people.
Yerwa Kanuri
June 26, 2021

Country: Nigeria | Population: 7.1 million | Language: Kanuri | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The majority of Kanuri live in northeastern Nigeria. They are descendants of the once powerful Borno Empire who ruled until the British took control in 1914. Most Kanuri are farmers whose primary crop is millet, along with sorghum, corn and peanuts. They also raise sheep, goats, and some horses, which are a symbol of prestige. City dwellers are involved in all sorts of occupations. Kanuri involved in politics and religion have the highest social status, where blacksmiths, butchers and well-diggers have the lowest. Polygamy is common, however, 8 of 10 marriages end in divorce. The Kanuri became Muslims in the 11th century, but still practice some folk beliefs including wearing amulets or charms for various reasons. Pray that God would call believers to go live among the Kanuri and share the love of Jesus with them. Pray for the missionaries and missions agencies seeking to reach the Kanuri. Pray that God would give favor and bring fruit from their efforts. Pray that God would raise up strong and vibrant churches among the Kanuri that would reflect His heart.
Bakhtiari
June 19, 2021

Country: Iran | Population: 1.2 million | Language: Bakhtiari | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Bakhtiari are mostly shepherds and carpet weavers who live in the Zagros Mountains of Western Iran. Their society has been largely isolated by the rugged terrain and is made up of some 80 clans. Divisions between clans keeps them socially isolated. Once largely nomadic, more are turning to farming with some becoming more westernized by working in commerce and the oil industry. Pray for the Bakhtiari to find audio and visual resources where they can hear the Gospel in their heart language. Pray that God would also lead them to encounter believers who can tell them more about Jesus and that they would follow Him.
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.
Dhobi
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.
Sasak
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.
Sakalava
May 15, 2021

Country: Madagascar | Population: 1.9 million | Language: Sakalava | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 1.8%
The Sakalava are semi-nomadic cattle ranchers, fisherman and rice farmers who live on the west coast of Madagascar. The Sakalava were known for their seafaring skills and were the first to receive firearms from the Europeans in exchange for cattle and slaves. During the 18th and 19th centuries the Sakalava captured slaves from Madagascar and East Africa. Sakalava culture revolves around the respect and honor of both living and dead Sakalava royalty. They believe that their ancestors live on a nearby sacred island. The Sakalava believe in a remote creator god, who can be reached through ancestral spirits and human mediums. Spirit possession is sought after and witchcraft and sorcery are widely practiced. Pray that God would open their eyes to see Jesus—who conquered death and offers them freedom from all of the taboos and fears that rule their daily life.  Pray that the Sakalava will find new life through Christ.
Bosniak
May 8, 2021

Country: Bosnia-Herzegovina | Population: 1.6 million | Language: Bosnian | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.03%
The Bosniaks have had a tumultuous history having been conquered by the Romans, invaded by the Slavs, ruled by the Ottoman and later Austro-Hungarian Empire, before becoming part of Yugoslavia. Many tragic events throughout their history, including ethnic cleansing, have left deep scars and ongoing hatred between groups that once intermingled peacefully. Wars caused many Bosniaks to flee for safety in the West. While the Roman Catholic and Orthodox church once had great influence, today most Bosniaks are Sunni Muslim. Their Islamic identity however has more to do with cultural roots than religious beliefs. Pray that God would soften their hearts towards Christians and that they would be receptive to hearing the Gospel. Pray for the missionaries working in the country as well as the few believers. Pray that they would demonstrate God’s compassionate love and forgiveness that can heal even the deepest hurts.
Sama Sindhi
May 1, 2021

Country: Pakistan | Population: 2.5 million | Language: Sindhi | Main Religion: Muslim | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Sama Sindhi are a group of Muslims in Pakistan, many of whom moved from India during the partition of 1947. All Sindhi were originally Hindu or Buddhist, however many converted to Islam in the early 8th century. The Sama Sindhi claim to be descendants of the Samma Dynasty who once ruled over the Indus Valley and West India. The Sindhi, unlike other Muslims, tend to organize society in castes based on clan and occupation, and do not marry outside their caste. Rural Sindhi combine Muslim and Hindu practices with traditional beliefs in folk spirits. Pray for opportunities for believers to go, work, live and share the Gospel with this unreached people group. Pray for opportunities for the Sindhi to see the Jesus film or hear the Gospel, and that many would choose to follow Him.
Brahmin
April 24, 2021

Country: India | Population: 58.8 million | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Brahmins are the highest of all castes in India’s society, known for their influence and affluence. They have long been regarded for their performance of Hindu rituals. Most Brahmin perform some daily rituals, though many are now secularists, and few are actually involved in priestly duties. Brahmins place a high value on education and as a result, many have emigrated to the West. They excel as scholars, educators, doctors, politicians, engineers and computer programmers. Pray that the Brahmin would seek to discover the one true living God who loves them. Pray they will recognize that Jesus is the only one they should worship, and that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and that no one comes to the Father but through Him. Pray for those who are producing radio programs in Hindi, and that God would use them to open Brahmin eyes, minds and hearts to the Gospel.
Yemeni Arabs
April 17, 2021

Country: Yemen | Population: 6.7 million | Language: Taizzi-Adeni Arabic | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
Yemeni Arab society consists of over 1,700 different tribes or clans, that are ruled by sheiks who have often fought with each other. The majority of Yemeni Arabs still live in fortress-like villages. Their society consists of four classes of people: the wealthy (who trace their decent to the grandson of Muhammad), the townsmen (merchants, artisans, and craftsmen), the tribesman, and slaves. These four classes are easily recognizable by the clothing that they wear. Social life is important and the Yemeni like to share in a daily coffee time by sitting on the floor and drinking from simple round cups. Their diet basically consists of wheat bread and porridge made with boiled meat or chicken. Almost all Yemeni Arabs are Muslims, and those who profess faith in Jesus face severe persecution. Pray that the Yemeni Arabs would recognize Jesus as the Prince of Peace. Pray that God would lead people to reach out and share Christ’s love with them. Pray that God would soften hearts and open opportunities for the Yemeni Arabs to hear the Gospel.
Japanese
April 10, 2021

Country: Japan | Population: 126 million | Language: Japanese | Main Religion: Buddhism | Evangelical: 0.3%
Racially, culturally, and ethnically, the Japanese are one of the most homogenous people groups in the world. They identify themselves in terms of biological heritage, birth in Japan, a shared culture, and a common language. 60% of Japanese live in nuclear families, while around 20% live in a three-generation household of grandparents, parents, and children. Japan’s native religion is Shintoism, which is rooted in animism, or the belief that non-living objects have spirits. Buddhism was introduced to Japan in the sixth century. Most Japanese today claim to be both Shintoist and Buddhist. Japanese religious principles include ancestor worship, a belief in religious continuity of the family, a close tie between the nation and religion, and a free exchange of ideas among religious systems. Religious practices are centered on the use of prayer meditation, amulets, and purification. Pray that God would call missionaries to go and share Christ with the Japanese. Pray that radio and other media broadcasts would be effective in reaching the Japanese people. Pray that God would cause the seeds of the Gospel that have been planted over many decades to grow. Pray that God would empower the Japanese church to be a vibrant and powerful witness of His love, mercy and grace, and that everyone would come to know Him.
Hmu (Northern)
April 3, 2021

Country: China | Population: 2.1 million | Language: Hmu | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.25%
The Hmu (or Miao) are known for their distinctive and ornate embroidered black clothing. They have been despised by the Chinese for centuries who called them “men-dogs” since it was once believed they had tails. Protestant missionary work began among the Hmu in 1896. Two years later, a China Inland Mission missionary and the first Hmu believer were killed along with 32 more Hmu who had shown interest in the Gospel. Missionaries returned to that area some 14 years later and completed a New Testament translation in 1934. Pray that the seeds of the Gospel planted long ago would take root and grow among the Hmu. Pray that the Hmu would know they are valued and loved by God, and that they would experience His forgiveness and grace.
Lohar (Hindu traditions)
March 27, 2021

Country: India | Population: 9.3million | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: <0.01%
The Lohar are nomadic smiths who travel to sell their handmade goods. While they descended from high-caste weapons makers of the Mewar Kingdom, they became poor nomads after being conquered by the Mughals in 1568. The Lohar have difficult lives. Even though they work hard and up to 14 hours a day, they live in extreme poverty as a despised caste considered untouchable. Few Lohar are able to read or write since their nomadic lifestyle is not conducive to attending school. The Lohar practice Hinduism in hopes that their gods would show them favor. Pray that the Lohar will open their hearts to our Heavenly Father who shows no favoritism and loves them more than they can imagine. Pray for God’s protection over Lohar believers who are extremely persecuted for their faith.
Muong
March 20, 2021

Country: Vietnam | Population: 1.4 million | Language: Muong | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.06%
The Muong are the second largest ethnic group in Vietnam, and their language is closely related to Vietnamese. The two groups became separated during the Han dynasty when China invaded and ruled for 1,000 years. The Muong stayed in the mountain areas and the Vietnamese lived in the plains. The Muong live in a very socialistic society and most villages consist of 10-50 households. They work on community farms where they share equally in the production of rice or crops grown on terraced land. The Muong believe in and worship spirits living in objects, ancestral spirits, and supernatural deities. Every Muong home has a prominent altar in honor of their ancestors. Pray that the Muong would recognize God as their Heavenly Father and Jesus as the Creator and Savior of the world. Pray for those who are working to share the Gospel with the Muong and that God would send more workers to serve and live among them.
Balinese
March 13, 2021

Country: Indonesia | Population: 4.1 million | Language: Bali | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0.16%
The Island of Bali is known world-wide as a tropical paradise. Bali is a favorite destination for tourists who come to see its natural beauty, beaches, art, culture, dance, and friendly people. Most Balinese live in close-knit villages with strong family, religious, social, and economic ties. Balinese Hindus believe in one god who has three aspects, the creator, the protector, and the destroyer. Communal shrines can be found in every village or neighborhood where families and larger group assemblies gather to offer food and flowers to their gods. Pray for Indonesian believers and missionaries who are eager to share the Good News with the Balinese. Pray that God would break spiritual strongholds and that the Balinese would come to know Jesus as their Creator, Provider, and Savior.
Hausa
March 6, 2021

Country: Nigeria | Population: 34.8 million | Language: Hausa | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.1%
The Hausa are the largest ethnic group in West Africa and are very influential politically and culturally. The Hausa have been doing long-distance trading throughout Africa and the Middle East for many centuries. As a result, Islam was introduced to the tribe sometime prior to the 16th century. Hausa culture is very strongly tied to Islam which makes it difficult for them to be reached with the Gospel. These deep religious ties have also led to intense persecution of Hausa believers. Pray that God would encourage and protect the Hausa believers. Ask God to send Christians to share His Good News with the Hausa in Nigeria. Pray that God would establish a vibrant and thriving Hausa church.
Yao, Muslim
February 27, 2021

Country: Malawi | Population: 2,000,000 | Language: Yao | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.5%
The Yao trace their history to the area surrounding Yao mountain in Northern Mozambique. Famine and tribal conflicts in the 1800s caused many Yao to flee. Most Yao are now found in Malawi and live as subsistence farmers and fisherman. The Gospel was brought to Malawi in the mid-1800s by the likes of David Livingston and other missionaries who were instrumental in Britain ending slavery. However, contact with Swahili-Arab slave traders led to the majority of the Yao converting to Islam between 1870 and 1920. Muslim Yao have insulated themselves from their Christian Yao neighbors by maintaining their unified language, cultural and religious differences including learning Arabic. Pray for those who are trying to share the Good News with Muslim background Yao. Pray that they would accept the Bible as Holy Scriptures and God’s Word to them. Pray that they would recognize Jesus as being their Savior and find their hope in Him.
Minangkabau
February 20, 2021

Country: Indonesia | Population: 6,600,000 | Language: Minang | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Minangkabau or Minang are the fourth largest ethnic group in Indonesia and have a great deal of influence. They come from West Summatra and their name literally means “winning water buffalo.” The Minang outsmarted their Javanese neighbors in an ancient war that was eventually decided by a battle between two water buffalo. They are famous for their cuisine and they run restaurants all throughout the country. The Minang are orthodox Muslims, and those who leave Islam are disowned by family and will lose their jobs. Pray for those believers who are actively trying to share the Gospel with the Minang. Pray that God would open the hearts of the Minang so that they would follow Jesus who has won and triumphed over sin and death.
Uzbek, Northern
February 13, 2021

Country: Uzbekistan | Population: 25,000,000 | Language: Uzbek, Northern | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Uzbeks were traditionally semi-nomadic shepherds who roamed Central Asia. However, most today farm or work in larger towns and cities. Uzbeks are primarily Sunni Muslims but are not generally considered Orthodox as they have mingled many traditional beliefs into their Islamic practices. Uzbek believers are highly persecuted and threatened with arrests and fines since no religious activities outside of state-run and state-controlled institution are allowed. Pray that God would soften hearts and attitudes towards believers. Pray that the fruits of the Spirit would be so evident in believers’ lives that others would want to know more about Jesus and learn how to follow Him.
Qashqa’i (Kashkai)
February 6, 2021

Country: Iran | Population: 967,000 | Language: Qashqai Turk | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Qashqa’i are a nomadic people who left Central Asia in the 11th Century and today roam the harsh deserts of southwest Iran. They are probably best known for their expert weaving skills. They are a highly independent and proud minority people group who have resisted forceful attempts to be incorporated into mainstream Iranian society. Qashqai Turk is a spoken language that does not yet exist in written form. However, most Qashqa’i are able to communicate in Farsi. While virtually all Qashqa’i profess to be Muslims, in reality very few observe Muslim traditions outside of marriage and death. The Qashqa’i live in a constant state of political unrest. Pray that Qashqa’i would have opportunities to hear the Gospel. Pray that their desire for inner peace would open their hearts to hearing about Jesus and that they would choose to follow Him.
Namasudra (Namassej)
January 30, 2021

Country: Bangladesh | Population: 3,273,000 | Language: Bengali | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
The majority of Namasudra are day laborers while others work as rickshaw-pullers or poultry farmers. Their literacy rate is low though it has improved in recent years. The Namasudra are practicing Hindus who primarily worship Laksmi and Parameshwar. Pray that the Namasudra would value education and send their children to school. Pray for the Good News of Jesus to reach their communities through radio, films, and recordings. Pray that they would truly come to know who Jesus is and follow him fully.
Soninke
January 23, 2021

Country: Mali | Population: 1,735,000 | Language: Soninke | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Soninke live in the western region of Mali along the Senegal River. They are primarily farmers and herdsmen. However, there is a significant trend where the majority of men leave to do migrant labor work and are often gone for 2-4 years at a time. The Soninke have one of the highest labor migration rates in West Africa. Pray for opportunities for Christian workers to meet the men in migrant camps and to share the Gospel with them. Pray for Christian media broadcasts to reach the Soninke in the migrant camps and in their home territory in Mali.
Rambang
January 16, 2021

Country: Malaysia | Population: 160,000 | Language: Malay | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Rambang live a simple agrarian lifestyle growing rice as the primary crop as well as corn, peanuts, fruits, and vegetables. They do not have access to a consistent supply of clean water. The Rambang are practicing Muslims who highly value competitions in the Qur’anic readings. At the same time, they integrate animistic beliefs such as the existence of supernatural forces in certain objects. They have practices and rituals centered around natural phenomena such as lunar and solar eclipses, earthquakes, and requests for rain. They also have specific practices for honoring natural cycles such as birth and death. Pray for the Rambang to see that the one true, supernatural force is Jesus, and that He has compassion on them and longs for them to come into His Kingdom. Pray for opportunities to bring physical and living water to them. Pray for Christian workers to go and share the truth of Jesus with them.
Balai
January 9, 2021

Country: India | Population: 2,244,000 | Language: Hindi | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Unknown
The Balai are traditionally known to be weavers, watchmen, and farm laborers. In Hindi, “Balai” means messenger. While some Balai have been able to have stable and secure jobs as masons, carpenters, and business owners, many are illiterate and trapped in poverty. The Balia are known to be a “scheduled caste,” which means they are eligible for certain government benefits including reserved places in educations and jobs. The Balai are practicing Hindus with a particular focus to the mother warrior goddess Durga. Pray that the Balai would hear the message of Jesus and how He has come to set the captives free. Pray that they would receive and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and be willing to go and share the message of His Good News to others.
Kayastha
January 2, 2021

Country: Bangladesh | Population: 1.8 million | Language: Bengali | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: 0.00%
There are no known followers of Christ among the Kayastha in Bangladesh, and there are very few believers who speak Bengali as their first language. The Kayasta are a highly influential and intellectual caste that has long been regarded for their administrative, writing, and record keeping abilities. Bangladesh is a country that allows few opportunities to share the gospel, even with the Hindu minorities like the Kayasthas. The Kayasthas have high prestige which can easily give them the false impression that they do not need a savior to save them from sin. Pray that believers with a high-status background would have opportunities to share their faith with the Kayastha. Pray that the Kayastha would recognize that only Jesus Christ is worthy of their attention, and that they will follow Him.
Chhetri
December 26, 2020

Country: Nepal | Population: 4.19 million | Language: Nepali | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: less than 2%
The Nepalese Chhetri are the major ethnic group in Nepal. They speak Nepali, which is the country’s official language. The Chhetri have many racial, cultural, and linguistic similarities to the people of northern India. Their domestic and religious practices are also similar to the higher Hindu castes of India. The Chhetri have held onto their traditional animistic beliefs (a belief that non-human objects have spirits). They recognize local gods, goblins, and spirits and also believe in ghosts and demons that haunt the crossroads and rivers. The Chhetri make offerings to these spirits in order to appease them. With Hinduism embracing 330 million gods, Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, has more temples, houses, and idols than people. Pray that the Chhetri would encounter Nepali believers and recognize the peace, forgiveness, joy, and freedom that is only found through Jesus.
Zaza-Dimli
December 19, 2020

Country: Turkey | Population: 1.74 million | Language: Zazaki, Southern | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Zaza are a nomadic people who live in the middle-eastern part of Turkey. The majority of Zaza people consider themselves to be a part of the Kurdish people. However, the Zaza can trace their roots to the Persians and Medes. Zaza society is traditionally patriarchal, and their traditions and history are passed on orally. The Zaza people remain largely illiterate. They live in valleys and mountains as nomadic people, shepherding their livestock and relying on agricultural products. Pray that God would move in their hearts and that there would be opportunities for believers to go and share God’s Word and stories about Jesus with them.
Turkmen
December 12, 2020

Country: Turkmenistan | Population: 4.58 million | Language: Turkmen | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The majority of Turkmen live in Turkmenistan, which is located in south Central Asia along the Caspian Sea. Many others live in the surrounding nations of Kazakhstan, Iran, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Turkmen culture has been strongly influenced by both the Turkic conquerors who imposed their language on them and the Arabs who forced them to convert to Islam. Long ago, the Turkmen developed a strong ethnic identity as “children of the desert” because they would plunder rich caravans of Persian traders. Tribal, clan, and family loyalties continue to have a strong influence over the people. Turkmen will only marry within their tribes, and arranged marriages are common. Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the small number of Turkmen believers. Pray that these Christ followers will have opportunities and the boldness to share the Gospel with their own people.
Tujia
December 5, 2020

Country: China | Population: 9.8 million | Language: Mandarin | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 1.00%
The Tujia are one of China’s recognized nationalities and their name means “original inhabitants.” However, the Tujia have assimilated and are ethnically very similar to Hans Chinese. Only about 170,000 speak the original Tujia language. The Tujia commonly depict the eye of a bull in their embroidery, because of a legend about a herd of bulls that had been attacked by a tiger, but then attacked the tiger until it fled. The Tujia use the eye of a bull as a symbol of good having victory over evil. The Tujia practice animism and conduct exorcism ceremonies and evoke spirits. Pray for the Tujia to meet the Holy Spirit and to see the power He has over creation. Pray for the Tujia to see Jesus as the Good Shepherd, the source of living water, and the One who is good and has victory over evil.
Maranao
November 28, 2020

Country: Philippines | Population: 1.4 million | Language: Maranao | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.23%
The Maranao live on the island of Mindanao in southern Philippines. They live around Lake Lanoa and their name means “people of the lake.” The Maranao have a rich culture with distinct expressions in their textiles, woodwork, architecture, and music. UNESCO declared the Maranao’s Darangen epic (a song consisting of some 72,000 lines) as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. They are highly educated, yet many degree holders cannot find a job in their profession, so they return to traditional occupations of agriculture and craftsmanship. The Maranao identify themselves more as Muslim than Filipino, and have worked hard to rid the local culture of traditional island beliefs. Pray for Christians to establish businesses to supply high-level jobs to educated Maranao and to be a witness to them. Pray for the Maranao to see the truth and wisdom of Jesus through His teachings.
Tatar
November 21, 2020

Country: Russia | Population: 5.4 million | Language: Tatar | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.49%
The Tatar are a Turkic ethnic group who have had a strong civilization and their cities are considered among the top cultural centers in the Islamic world. They are well-educated and enjoy the arts including opera, ballet, and orchestra. They are known to have 1800 libraries with over 20 million books in the Tatar language. The Tatar are Muslim, but are more liberal and intellectual than their orthodox Muslim neighbors. For example, they rearranged their daily prayers times to avoid conflict with work schedules. Pray that the Holy Spirit would soften their hearts towards Christians despite their negative perceptions. Pray that God would raise up Russian believers who would lovingly share about Christ. Pray that the Tatar would read the Bible and open their hearts to the message of the Gospel.
Muhamasheen umbi Kadwa
November 14, 2020

Country: Yemen | Population: 1.5 million | Language: Arabic | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Muhamasheen are believed to be descendants of Ethiopian soldiers who came to conquer the land in Yemen. They were unsuccessful and became slaves. Today, the Muhamasheen are at the bottom of the social hierarchy and they refer to themselves as “the marginalized ones”. The men work as street sweepers while the women and children collect cans and bottles for income. Very few of the children attend school. They are highly discriminated against and mistreated by supervisors and others. The mistreatment of the Muhamasheen is rarely punished, even if the mistreatment led to death. Pray for the Muhamasheen to come to know how deeply they are loved by Jesus and to receive a new identity in Christ. Pray for Christian workers to come and share the Gospel with them. Pray for societal changes and protection that will led to better wages and living conditions for the Muhamasheen.
Chaamba Bedouin
November 7, 2020

Country: Algeria | Population: 137,000 | Language: Badawi (Bedouin Arabic) | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.00%
The Chaamba Bedouin live on the northern edge of the Sahara Desert in central Algeria. The majority of Chaamba live a more settled life in the fertile regions as opposed to the nomadic desert lifestyle of other Bedouins. Their daily meals consists of dairy products such as milk, yogurt or rice covered in ghee (butter). Out of a need for money or better living conditions, some Chaamba have taken up manual labor jobs, though they despise this type of work. The Chaamba are Maliki Muslims—one of the four major schools of Sunni Islam. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open their hearts to the Gospel. Pray for the Lord to raise up people willing to live among the Chaamba and be a witness for Christ among them.
Rakhine
October 31, 2020
Country: Myanmar | Population: 2.7 million | Language: Rakhine | Main Religion: Buddhism | Evangelical: 0.05%
The Rakhine make up an estimated 5% of the population in Myanmar. They are farmers and fishermen. They claim to be among the first groups in Southeast Asia to become followers of Gautama Buddha and hold tightly to their beliefs. Pray for an openness in their hearts and minds to learn the truths of the Gospel. While they can understand the Bible written in Burmese, there is no complete Bible translation in Rakhine. Pray for translators to work on the Bible and other materials, such as audio visuals and songs, to be in their heart language. Pray that they would hear and receive the message of grace and truth in Jesus.
Lao
October 24, 2020

Country: Laos | Population: 3.2 million | Language: Lao | Main Religion: Buddhism | Evangelical: 2%
The Lao live on the plains along the rivers and roads that give them access to traveling merchants. They are farmers who grow rice, cotton, mulberry bushes (for silk worms), coco palms and various fruits. Some Lao will supplement their farming with fishing or with a trade such as blacksmith or carpentry. Certain villages are known to specialize in goods such as charcoal or pottery. Laos has had a turbulent history with various countries vying for power and control. There are a still numerous unexploded bombs scattered throughout the country which makes much of the potential farm land too risky to cultivate. More than half of the Lao are Buddhist and young men will typically study Buddhism for three months at their village monasteries. A third of the Lao combine folk animism with Buddhism. Pray that the Lao would come to see God and His glory. Pray that they would step into God’s calling for them to be a holy nation and to proclaim His excellence. Pray for workers to come and live among the Lao and to make disciples.
Kumbi Kadwa
October 17, 2020

Country: India | Population: 1.2 million | Language: Gujarati | Main Religion: Hinduism | Evangelical: Less than .01%
The Kunbi Kadwa live in the state of Gujarat and surrounding areas in Western India. They are the primary landholders and act as landlords and engage in farming and animal husbandry. They are non-vegetarians and eat rice as a regular part of their diet. They regularly smoke chutta, a homemade cheroot, which leads to high rates of mouth and throat cancer. The Kunbi Kadwa are practicing Hindus and worship many spirit beings. Pray for Christian workers to come and help them in their farming practices, which can lead to open doors to share about Jesus. Pray that the Kunbi people would give up smoking and think about the value of both their earthly life and eternal life. Pray that the Holy Spirit would move in their communities to bring spiritual healing and transformation.
Bugis
October 10, 2020

Country: Indonesia | Population: 5.5 million | Language: Bugis | Main Religion: Islam | Evangelical: 0.01%
The Bugis are one of the major ethnic groups on Sulawesi, the third largest island in Indonesia. Most Bugis are farmers who grow wet rice, while others are fisherman or live in the port cities. Historically the Bugis practiced indigenous animism, but converted to Islam in the 1600s. Today the majority are Sunni Muslims who integrate some of the animistic beliefs. Bugis believe the first Wednesday and last Thursday of each month are special days that bring good fortune, while Saturdays are a bad day that could bring about misfortune. The Bugis place high value on both personal honor and communal honor. They build honor through hard work and faithfulness. When their honor is denigrated, they will pursue serious forms of revenge. Pray for God to reveal to them the abundance of grace and truth in Christ. Ask God to send laborers to live and work among the Bugis so that they can share the freedom that is in Christ.
lu Mien
October 3, 2020

Country: China | Population: 1.3 million | Language: lu Mien | Main Religion: Ethnic Religions | Evangelical: 0.15%
The Iu Mien are the largest subgroup of the Yao people and have a history of fleeing persecution. Legend states that there was a dispute between Iu Mien King Pan and the Chinese Emperor over some territory. Being outnumbered in people and weapons, King Pan agreed to surrender the territories and accepted a treaty called “passport to cross the mountains” where the Iu Mien people could live and travel in the hills and mountains. The Chinese sometimes refer to them as Guoshan (Crossing the Mountains) Yao. They are Daoists who believe Pan created the world. They have several centuries of preserved literature, which includes Taoist rituals written in Chinese characters. Pray for the Iu Mien to see Jesus as Lord. Pray for those who hear the Gospel to receive it and to walk in the truth. Pray for the small number of Iu Mien believers to be bold and share about who Jesus is.
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

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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

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.