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Unreached People Groups

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Most people think of the world as broken down into countries - distinct places that have their own boundaries, history, governments, language, monetary exchange, and culture, to name a few distinctives. There are 196 of these entities. They are evident by their geographic barriers, either natural or man made.

The word "nations" is different though. It comes from the word "ethnos" or "ethne." Its definition generally refers to a specific group of people who share the same culture, language, and religious beliefs, etc. These people may be living in the same geographic region, or perhaps they are scattered throughout many countries. So simply put, a country can have many nations living within it. We call these nations, people groups, and it is estimated that there are about 16,500 people groups in the world today.

When we read scriptures like Revelation 5:9: And they sung a new song, saying Thou are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation (ethne) . . . or Revelation 7:9: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations (ethne), and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb . . . these are people groups that the apostle John is actually writing about!

What is an unreached (or least-reached) people group (UPG)?

It's a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize the group and ensure the continuous multiplication of churches. An unreached people group is considered "unreached" if it is less than 2% evangelical.

Learn more about Unreached Peoplge Groups by using some of our resources (

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