UPGs

7) This is how to reach UPGs in North America

United World Mission and their network of ministries in North America provide strategic opportunities to connect individuals and churches with more than 25 unreached people groups that now live in cities such as Charlotte, Philadelphia, Portland, Toronto, Phoenix, Dallas, Colorado Springs, New York City, and Clarkston. If you’re ready to Engage, contact Jordan

jordandotsmithatuwmdotorg  (jordandotsmithatuwmdotorg)   or Mark

markdotszymanskiatuwmdotorg  (markdotszymanskiatuwmdotorg)  

 

www.uwm.org 

 

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.

 

globalfrontiermissions.org/missionary-training/

 

6) Have you Wished You Could Help the Uyghur People in China?

All of us (except for those who have been hiding under a rock on Mars?) have probably heard by now that the Chinese government seems to be engaged in a campaign to reprogram and/or ethnically cleanse the Uyghur people who live within mainland China. Have you wished you could make a difference? Do you wish you could intervene? Now you can. Watch this quick video — the pray like crazy. It’s the most strategic step we could take.

 

www.prayercast.com/uyghur.html

 

10) Didasko Academy: Free Online Video-Based Missions Training MOOC

Didasko Academy focusses on training to reach unreached people groups (UPGs). Their current courses give an in-depth overview of the world of missions. They offer courses like The Bible and Missions, Discipling the Nations, Roles in Frontier Missions, and Prayer Strategy for Life and Ministry. Their courses are self-paced, and can be done individually or in facilitated groups. Graduates receive a digitally signed certificate upon completion. A detailed overview of course learner outcomes is available at:

 

www.dasko.org/evaluator

6) Finishing the Task Clarifies: We Were Always Thinking Zero

Just when you thought the Finishing the Task (FTT) list was all finished (i.e., that someone, somewhere, had taken reasonability for each of the world’s remaining unengaged, unreached people groups), FTT clarified this past week that they had always been thinking they would hang around until the last group was actually engaged. Truth is, it really wasn’t “new” information after all. Those who had listened intently previously, could have already attested to the fact that they had ALWAYS intended to make sure it happened. In fact, if a couple of years go by and they don’t hear that a particular group has become engaged, they contact the earlier adopter to verify that they still intend to follow through — which is pretty cool, if you stop to think about it. Learn more about the pretty cool people at Finishing the Task by visiting…

 

www.finishingthetask.com/

 

Read lots more frequently-asked questions here…

 

www.finishingthetask.com/faq.htm

14) The Last Bit: Bob asks, "What about UPGs Losing Their Identity?"

This past week, we received a great question from a great friend of Brigada working in a sensitive area. We’ll call him Bob (not his real name) to protect his identity. He asked, “Hey Doug, Thanks for this week’s edition of Brigada. I’ve got a question I’d like to pose to the Great Commission community. I haven’t really seen this addressed anywhere. The question is, ‘How should we perceive and deal with people groups that are losing (have lost) their ethnic identity?’ For example, in my country of service, many of the UPGs that are on Joshua Project and other lists have become quite assimilated to the national culture. Does that mean they cease to be a UPG? If so, to what degree do they need to be assimilated in order to no longer receive a specific focus? Also, if a people group no longer speaks a unique language (or a language has become extinct), what does that mean in terms of every people, nation, TONGUE, and tribe? By the way, I’m not as interested in the linguistic side of this question as I am the question of prioritization… Should we keep such groups on the unreached lists? What is God’s heart in this matter? Does anyone have case studies or has anyone thought through this? If you post this somewhere, please remove my real name since I’m in a sensitive area. [Done!]”

 

So how would you answer Bob? If you would, please click “Comment” following the web version of this item. We’ll all look forward to hearing your response (and Bob, in particular, will be glad to see it).

 

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