Unreached Peoples

5) Last Year We Cited This Video on Unreached Peoples… It’s Good

We mentioned this video last year

( www.brigada.org/2018/08/26_24374 )

But you know… it seems even better in 2019. Would you have 4 minutes in your church to show this? What if every church in every country would make this video available to its members? How might this change the way we give to missions?



First, you have to watch it. Will you?


(By the way, thanks to Kelly and Michèle for bubbling this video back up in their last email update.)


1) Get Trained Among UPGs Before Serving Among UPGs

GFM still has openings for their August and January missionary training programs in Atlanta, GA and Richmond, VA. Get classroom instruction along with practical hands-on disciple-making experience/mentoring while serving refugees/internationals from UPGs. This is an excellent way to get the tools and equipping you need to thrive in cross-cultural ministry. Also, check out their new SLICE program in India including strategy, language (GRPA), identity/platform/visa, culture training while experiencing Jesus.




9) Finishing the Task: "We Aren’t Finished!"

In true Mark Twain fashion, Paul Eshleman wrote fans and friends of the Finishing the Task initiative this past week to say, “We’re not done yet.” He explained, speaking of the FTT conference last month, “Even though we saw commitments made at this conference to adopt every remaining known UUPG, the FTT conference is not going away.” He added that FTT would be busy helping partners engage in keeping their word, lending strategic assistance on multiple fronts. He left open the door to discovering new unengaged groups, while exploring other diverse lists such as castes in South Asia and multiple diaspora groups. Find just a few of FTT’s many resources here…




5) Downloadable Media Resources for Training and Mobilization

Looking for tools to train workers to share the Gospel to other cultures and languages or enhance your mobilization and prayer efforts? Create International has done the hard work by producing ready-to-go, culturally-appropriate evangelism and missions resource packages to equip workers wanting to share the Good News and train others to multiply their witness among Unreached Peoples. Now, thanks to new digital technology there is no more waiting for your product. As soon as you place your order and make your payment, you can immediately download your files. Once your media is on your computer, you can reformat it to play on all of your desk and mobile devices. Get equipped for 21st century missions. Check out their online store at


6) Train And Place Your Church Mission Team In 12 Months

Send a long-term team or individual to the least-reached in as little as one year. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Orlando’s 5-month long Discipleship Training School


will give your mission team excellent character development, spiritual formation, and experience sharing the gospel in the 10/40 Window. Next they can attend our School of Missions


for excellent cross-cultural mission training. Contact


or call (407) 273-1667 for more information. Your church can go to the people on God’s heart.

11) Reach The Unreached Of Indonesia

IndonesiaThe School Of Frontier Missions in Bali can prepare you for pioneering long-term projects among UPG’s of Indonesia and South East Asia. Located on a tolerant Hindu Island among a sea of Islamic peoples, it’s an ideal learning and sending enviroment. Training starts January 17th and wraps up April 12th. For more info, contact Merv
mervmcdatgmaildotcom or browse


9) More on Reaching the Unreached via the Web

GMOIn response to our referral to Dan Scribner’s article about “Facebooking Unreached Peoples,” one Brigada participant Global Media Outreach, on the web at…


We’ve highlighted their ministry before, but it’s worth repeating. As they put it, ” People are looking online to find answers about God.” Of course, one of the things they’re famous for is their landing page, which highlights “right now, a person from _____” is indicating a decision for Christ. They give such great feedback. Check them out.

1) What are we Learning about Facebooking Unreached Peoples?


I’m fascinated by Dan Scribner’s article about using Facebook ads to address (directly) unreached peoples. See his article, which was adapted from


with permission, by browsing here…


It’s a fascinating concept and one which deserves a lot more study. Have you seen anything written up on this before (exactly this approach)? If so, can you point us to any resources? If so, please use the comment box that follows the web version of this item at the link below. Thanks in advance for any help, and Dan, thanks for your vision!

8) Help the Brigada Family Learn about Mapping Apps

This past week, we began digging deeper about how to map unreached peoples, or unreached cities, or — whatever needed mapping. If you or your org have resources, tools, advice, or instructional resources — or if you would be willing to consult on this kind of opportunity, please jot a comment after the web version of this item during the coming week. We’ll try to share some of these mapping possibilities next week!

1) “20 to 30 New Engagements Every Day [Among the Unreached]”

This past week, as I was monitoring a set of conversations about unreached people groups, the thought occurred to me to give God praise for the fact that his eternal plan of redemption keeps on pushing forward regardless of any earthly campaign or individual. I listened as one of the foremost researchers of our day reported that every day, he “hears about an average of 20 to 30 new engagements among previously unengaged and unreached people groups.” Like many of us, he is working behind the scenes to connect these new troops to existing outreaches, where they exist. If you thought we were working in a time when fewer and fewer missionaries were departing, perhaps that rumor has been oversold. Another friend pondered, “I just feel that the cause of these unengaged is kind of more our responsibility than His in a sense, you know? Until we get there. . . He can’t do what only He can do. It’s almost like He can’t engage them, and we can’t reach them. We can engage them, and He can reach them. … We CAN finish this minimum apostolic prerequisite of being incarnate among, and until we do that, a people is both unreached and unreachable.” These saints and dear friends aren’t in it for the notoriety or the fame. They serve our living God and those who have never heard of Him. They deserve our prayers and our highest levels of energy to forge on in completing the task that Jesus gave us so long ago. May God strengthen them, and all who come behind them.

5) Joshua Project Offers Maps in Conjunction with People Selector

It’s a perfect map-match: Just navigate to…


Choose the criteria needed for your own project. In my case, I wanted to find totally unreached people groups with populations of 100,000 or more. The People Selector responded almost instantly with 1,587 groups, plotted on a world map. This is a great tool and one for which we’ve dreamed since we began this ministry back in 1995. Great stuff.

14) The BackPage: Why Does this One Local Church “Get It?”

This weekend, I’ve been speaking and leading workshops at a local church in the Great Pacific Northwest. As I wrap up the weekend, I’m left with the question — Why does this one local church seem to “get it,” without even much help? Their elders understand unreached peoples and cities and have arranged the budget in such a way that they are giving them priority. Their minister just finished a four-Sunday sermon series on the church’s responsibility for the lost. They’ve set up a special fund to adopt an unreached people group and they plan to send a survey group, in conjunction with a prayer journey initiative, in the next 90 days. There are at least 5 people who will probably step forward to volunteer to be sent full-time, even though the church hasn’t yet fully decided on which people group or city they’ll go reach. Ever since they’ve started pursuing this course, they’ve run ahead of budget — so much so that they’re now $15K ahead, which was enough to cover the cost of hosting the Wall of Unreached Peoples


as well as a special focus weekend on unreached peoples and cities. (They flew me all the way in from Louisville to speak there — in 7 sessions over the weekend, with various groups, including the elders and staff, select missions families, and 3 sessions with the entire congregation.) My guess is, Lord willing, they’ll have “boots on the ground” in a new unreached people group or city within 18 months from now.

All of which prompts me to ask — why? Why does this one church get it so well, while so many others lag behind, losing their chance to flourish and make a deep impact, both at home and abroad? Whatever they’re doing right, it makes me want to bottle it up and release it worldwide. Because if we only had more of this spirit, within one generation, the entire globe would have been exposed to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

So what’s your theory? Why do some churches ‘get it’ and others don’t? If you have an insight, please click “Comment” below the online version of this item. (And by the way, before you ask, I should probably guard the identity of the church I’m describing lest they receive 1000 requests for support from thousands of Brigada readers who are raising support. Let’s give them a chance to get out of the gate first. :-) )


14) The BackPage: Your Thoughts about the “Small Tribes”

A great and faithful friend of mine recently shared with me that, upon learning about unreached people groups (UPG’s), he committed to pray for one. He confessed, however, that he hadn’t been able to learn a lot about his group yet. I offered to help and immediately went to work tracking down stats. I soon learned that the group was a small one consisting of only about 30 members in all. In spite of my best efforts, I was unable to learn much about this tiny UPG — so I finally wrote the guys at JoshuaProject.net. They were very responsive, though they admitted that they didn’t have a lot of additional data beyond what was on the page. Their answer kind of surprised me. “Why don’t you suggest to your friends that they choose another group.”

According to JoshuaProject.net, some 3500 of their 7165 UPG’s are fewer than 10,000 in population, meaning that there is ALMOST a 1 out of 2 chance that the group will be small. Bill Morrison, a professional researcher for JoshuaProject.net, is sobered by the challenge of smaller tribes, castes, and kindreds, but he insisted that the data were not fictitious. “I’m always skeptical of groups this tiny,” He wrote to us this past week, “as to whether they could even be found these days.”

Though sobered by these stats, still I remain a fan of JoshuaProject’s decision to let the data be the data. After all, any serious researcher should, in my opinion, always be reluctant to discard data points. Let the data speak, I say. What’s more, Jesus himself had something to say about small groups. In Matthew 18:12-14, he asked, “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wonders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wondered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wonder off. In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” Sparse UPG’s take note: Jesus loves you too.

At the end of the day, however, the whole discussion might not matter that much. You see, although another 1400 or so groups are said to have fewer than 50,000 members, over 2000 unreached people groups have populations of 750,000 or more. These groups are hard to miss. So what I now tell the skeptics is this: Blow them off, if you dare. You still have plenty of work to do with the remaining challenges in our world today. After all, a list of 2226 mongo groups is every bit as sobering to me as a list of 7,165 groups of all sizes. Either way, we still need a planet-wide mobilization of hundreds, if not thousands of new missionaries from a wide array of cultures and occupations. Either way, we’d better pray to the Lord of the Harvest like never before, asking the Lord of the harvest to raise up a new force of goers, senders, and pray-ers. That’s what we need today. Let’s make it happen.

3) Help JoshuaProject.net Get Even Better

The good friends at JoshuaProject.net are in the process of surveying as many of their website users as possible to determine what they might do differently to better serve the missions and the greater unreached peoples community.  They are gathering feedback through a 3 minute survey at


They’d greatly appreciate your participation there. Thanks in advance.

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