Who Are Unreached People Groups?
Unreached people groups are communities where the majority of people have little or no access to the gospel, to Christians, or information about Christianity. Unreached people groups often reside in remote areas with significant cultural and religious barriers to the gospel. However, due to globalization, not all unreached people groups live in closed countries. The International Mission Board defines an unreached people group as a population that is less than 2% evangelical. The Joshua Project estimates that around 7,400 people groups are classified as unreached.
Unreached people groups represent pockets of humanity still waiting to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. This reality should remind us of our ongoing mission as Christians in Matthew 28:18-20. The Great Commission mandates that those who have believed the gospel message are to share it and make disciples of all nations. Disciples of Jesus are tasked to make disciples who make disciples, and that task extends to all people. By focusing our prayers on unreached people groups, we align our hearts with God’s desire for all to come to know him (2 Peter 3:9). As disciples of Jesus, it is our responsibility to intercede on behalf of the lost, asking God to open doors for the message of salvation to reach them.