Unreached People Groups & 10/40 Window
Unreached people groups (UPGs) are generally defined as people groups that have less than two percent evangelical Christian representation and less than five percent nominal Christian presence. In a practical sense, they are people groups and places where Christ is largely unknown and there is not a church with adequate resource to help make him known in the broader population without outside help.
According to the Traveling Team, UPGs make up 42.2% of the world’s population, or more than 3.14 billion people. The vast majority of them are Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus living in the 10/40 Window, and 86% of them have never had a meaningful conversation or relationship with a Christian. Yet the staggering reality is that less than three percent of foreign missionaries work among this massive segment of humanity.
By the evaluation of Finishing the Task, there are 218 UPGs that are both unengaged and unreached, meaning that they have no church accessible to them, and no missionary or mission agency working among them. They are truly the least-reached ethnic groups, and represent more than five million individuals in need of the saving knowledge of Christ.
There is also remarkable overlap between the poorest countries of the world and those that are least evangelized. Barriers to reaching people groups in these places are diverse, such as physical distance, lack of infrastructure, or limited resources in their languages, or spiritual challenges such as hostility or significant gaps in comprehension of a loving, present, and personally-invested Savior.
Because of these challenges, in as many cases as possible, it is our goal to come alongside local believers or in support of a local church, to help with its church-planting efforts, as they can be more effective in winning their neighbors and communities to Christ in their context. The Live Global ministry arm of ABWE focuses on partnering with national missionaries working predominantly in countries that are inaccessible to ABWE missionaries, often in the 10/40 Window. And beginning 2022, ABWE’s Open Initiative marks a new effort to help those with a heart for the unreached gain access to hard-to-reach places.
Your Passion for Reaching the Unreached
UPGs are often hard to get to, can be difficult to live among, and require patience, perseverance and good training to see churches planted among them. But it can be done, and the joy of seeing such fruit is great! There are many ways to minister to unreached people groups on the mission field, including:
- Art & Crafts
- Bible Studies
- Children’s Ministries
- Church Revitalization
- English Clubs
- Evangelism/Discipleship/Church Planting
- Orphan Ministries
- Refugee Relief
- Small Business Ministry
- Women’s Ministry
- Youth Ministries
Perhaps God is calling you to take up the cause of reaching the unreached and unengaged—those who are truly without a gospel witness. Join us in making disciples of every nation, tribe and tongue.
Is God calling you to use your skills on the mission field?
Opportunities with this Focus
Our team in Central Asia has an essential need for one or more missionaries to spread the gospel in one of the least-reached regions of the world.
THE POSITION Our partner, Memorial Christian Hospital needs an administrator to help to direct the transition to its new, larger facility and an expanded outreach to the many unreached people groups living in our beautiful corner of South Asia. Responsibilities include public and government relations, finance and personnel. The job could also grow to include supervision
Elementary teacher needed to help teach missionary kids (K-2nd grade) in South Asia.
Spiritually healthy teammates make an impact in their communities in a lasting way by multiplying leaders, churches, & mission movements. Help each team member with their spiritual health.