Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPGs)
There are still A LOT of people who’ve never been exposed to the witness of Jesus, because of geographic inaccessibility, language, political or cultural barriers and lack of those willing ‘to go’.
These people groups are called Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPGs).
Since the year 2000, there has been an intentional and unified effort to identify and focus on these groups. God wants all peoples to hear the Gospel and worship His Son. A lot of good progress has been made since 2000, but there is still much to be done.
This video highlights how the UUPGs are at the very heart of the call2all movement and gives a little insight into how it all started at table 71.
So how close are we?
Unreached People: The Numbers
source: Finishing The Task • July 2021
There are currently only 144 Unengaged, Unreached People Groups, over 500 in population
(3198 People Groups already have some engagement)
Where Exactly Are They?
This map is provided by Finishing the Task.
If you click on any marker or the icon in the top left corner for a lot more information.
Another great map with even more detail – composed by the International Mission Board (IMB) – can be found on www.peoplegroups.org.
You make a difference
Adopt a UUPG
Can your church or group adopt one or more UUPGs? By adopting a UUPG you commit to pray and work to send a missions team to help indigenous church planting get underway.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Prayer is vital if we are to reach these last UUPGs. Gather your church or small group and use these resources to help pray in a really focused, informed way.
Our friends at the Joshua Project have a great selection of prayer resources, including a UUPG of the day app you can use.
Events, Seminars, Internships and whole mission careers… check out YWAM and FinishingTheTask or any of the other partners listed below.
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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
Matthew 28 v 19a
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Partners & Resources
Download UUPG list – Here you can find the list of the world’s unengaged, unreached people groups with populations over 500 that have no known full-time workers involved in evangelism and church planting.
PeopleGroups.org – Excellent interactive map showing people groups and stages of reached-ness.
The Joshua Project has a great resources section including prayer resources, mobile apps, data sets, presentations and handouts, books, quizzes and more.
Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation by Jason Mandryk
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader (Perspectives) by Ralph D. Winter (Editor), Steven C. Hawthorne (Editor)