What is a people group? It is a group of people who have the same language, culture, history, customs and family/clan identities. For strategic purposes, a people group is the largest group through which the gospel can flow without encountering significant barriers of understanding and acceptance.
There are still many people groups today with little or no access to the Gospel and who are considered unreached, meaning they are less than 2% evangelical Christian.
To connect with an unreached people group, a UPG, we encourage you to explore a website we've developed to help you learn about UPGs throughout the world.
As you continue to research, you can begin to:
- Study their culture identify
- Their language identify
- Their religion(s)
- Discover cultural landmines that need to be avoided for long-term effectiveness
- Identify barriers to their understanding the Gospel
- Discover where they live worldwide (locally and globally)
- Register your commitment
Go to the website and begin Getting There
Looking for opportunities to reach "Unreached People Groups?" Then click here
Adopt to Pray
There are many who are untouched by the Gospel and have little opportunity to hear about Jesus. Your church can adopt a specific people group for whom you can begin to pray intentionally and passionately. As we are partnering together to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth, we are engaged in spiritual warfare so prayer is key! If you lead your church to adopt a people group for ongoing prayer, you can pray for:
- Barriers to the Gospel to be broken down
- God to send more laborers to the field to reach them
- God to prepare hearts of the peoples to receive Him
- Any missionaries that may be working among that people group
To learn more about adopting a people group for prayer, go to PRAYERthreads.
Embrace to Engage
God's mission is clear - proclaim His Name among all peoples. Yet today there are still approximately 3,800 people groups not being engaged with the Gospel. There is no one working intentionally among them to see churches planted. Your church can take the Gospel to a people who have not heard. If God is leading you to Embrace an unengaged, unreached people group, begin your journey at www.call2embrace.org
Posted on Tue, July 19, 2011
by International Mission Board filed under