Unengaged Unreached People Groups
"After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb." Revelation 7:9
Praying for UUPGs in South Asia
Every year, we send multiple teams to South Asia to engage and train local believers to engage the city with the gospel. We learned this year that there are currently 69 people groups in one state alone (Karnataka) that are both unengaged and unreached with the gospel. This means there is not a single known church in that people group. More than that, these 69 people groups only include those people groups that number over 10,000 in population. This is why South Asia holds the highest concentration of lostness on earth. Without hearing and believing the gospel, each soul represented in these numbers will spend an eternity separated from Christ. What can YOU do? You can pray! The only way we will see this number go down is for the Holy Spirit to do a powerful and miraculous work, and that starts with believers on our knees.
What is a people group?
An ethno-linguistic group with a common self-identity that is shared by the various members. For strategic purposes it is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance.
Why are they unreached?
A people group is considered unreached (UPG) when there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage this people group with church planting. Technically speaking, the percentage of evangelical Christians in this people group is less than 2 percent.
Who are the unengaged?
Unreached people groups are unengaged (UUPG) when there is no church planting strategy, consistent with evangelical faith and practice, under way. Gathering believers and planting churches are the keys to establishing an effective and multiplying presence among these people groups.
October 2018 | Noorbasha
The Noorbasha (Dudekula) people group follow a folk sect of Islam called Sufism. They pray at dargahs (shrines) where saints are buried, asking for intercession and blessings through the deceased saint. The word Dudekula literally translates to "cotton cleaner" in their language, Telugu, and they have traditionally worked in the textile/clothing industry. Most Noorbasha (Dudekula) people are laborers, coming from lower castes. They are the second largest unengaged, unreached people group in South India (676,000+) and desperately need gospel witness.
November 2018 | Kalbi
The Kalbi people originate from Rajasthan, a northern state in India, and they have migrated to other parts of India, including the southern states. They speak Marwari, a language from Rajasthan very similar to Hindi and Gujarati. Traditionally they are farmers as some even say the name of their people comes from the word for “plough.” They are Hindu, and their chief deity is Anjani Mata as some even take pilgrimages to a temple where it is found. They are one of the largest unengaged, unreached people groups in South Asia with a population of almost 600,000. The Kalbi people have a long, deep-rooted religious history that can make gospel penetration seemingly impossible from a human perspective, but our God is the God of the impossible and desires salvation for the Kalbi people. Let’s pray He would do more than we can ask or imagine.