Unreached People Groups
Unreached People Groups
A “people group” is a group of people who share a common identity and characteristics. For example, language is an identifying factor in a people group (although some people groups speak multiple languages). People groups also have common customs, rules and practices that help define who they are, such as marriage and inheritance practices.
The focus of Global Teams is on the “unreached” people groups of the world.
An unreached people group is defined as one where less than 2% of the population is evangelical Christian.
According to IMG.org, there are approximately 6,825 unreached people groups in the world today if you count every unreached people group once within each country in which they live, including the United States and Canada.
That means that unreached people groups account for approximately 40% of all people groups throughout the world.
Global Teams Working Within Unreached People Groups
Global Teams is presently engaged with 167 unreached people groups worldwide. Our international teams, which include workers from many nations, are sent from training bases around the world to live and work among the unreached people groups.
For example, Costa Rican nursing students are sent to work on a team with a Kenyan and an American to reach the nomadic Turkana people in Africa.
As whole communities gradually come to faith, new movements to Christ emerge. These new followers of Jesus remain in their culture, and the church is planted into existing family and social networks.
As a result of our work, 29 new church planting movements to Christ have emerged in these groups and they are beginning to send to other unreached people groups.
An Example of an Unreached People Group in Africa
The Bangubangu is one example of an unreached people group living in Africa working with Global Teams. They are a population of 90,000 people speaking KiBangubangu as their common language. This people group does not have a Bible in their own language.
The Bangubangu believe in a supreme god called Vilie Nambi. They take part in ancestor worship with strong Islamic influences and fear malevolent spirits.
Interesting Fact About the Bangubangu People
The village power structure of a paramount chief assisted by several officials was first imposed by Belgian colonials. Many villages do not recognize this system and pay allegiance to locally selected leadership, known as Sultani, a word of Arabic origin.
Ask God to accelerate the translation and distribution of his word in KiBangubangu, and for his word to be living and active among the Bangubangu (Hebrews 4:12). Global Teams is also working with the neighboring Wabwari people. Please pray both of these groups will come to know Jesus as the Bread of Life (John 6:48)
So What’s Left To Do?
If you add up all of the people who are part of an unreached people group who still have not been engaged by anyone anywhere, it equals 121,274,620 people! (from IMG.org)
That means there is still a lot of work to be done, a lot of seed to sow and a lot of fishing for souls. We’d love for you to learn more about how you can make a difference.