Unreached Peoples

2) Scripture Prayers for Unreached Peoples (even Chinese and Romanian)

Praying Scripture is praying God’s way. Unlike many prayer resources with demographic data or prayer points, this 24-page full-color booklet allows you to insert a people group’s name into scripted prayers oriented in the Biblical text. Visit …




for FREE downloadable PDFs in English, Russian, Chinese, Ukrainian, and Romanian. Order printed copies in English with up to 50% off on bulk orders. Declare and pray God’s truth over peoples living in falsehood.


6) Waiting World Video series now available online at no cost

The producers of the Waiting World Prayer videos series have decided to make their videos available online at no cost. These videos are prayer videos that can be used to start intercessionary prayers for the lost of the 10/40 Window. Included are 36 unreached people group videos, videos on the 10/40 Window, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Animism. and the Great Commission. Check it out at…


If you can use dynamite video media on the Maratha, Balinese, Punjabi, Golog, Shan, Uighur, Azerbaijani, Wolof, Zhuang, Sasak, Pushtun, Khmer, Soninke, Tibetan, Fulani, Burmese, Baluch, Han Chinese, Makassar, Mongol, Nepali, Rajput, Vietnamese, Bengali, Albanian, Indian Urban, Iraqi, Japanese, Bhil, Gur, Lampungese, Thai, Kashmiri, Arab, Berber, Turk, anyone in the 10/40 Window, anyone in the Islamic world, anyone Buddhist, tribal/animist, and anyone focused on the Great Commission, you’ll find a video for YOU. This video, for example (which we might title, “We Speak to Nations,” or “Hear the Sound,” might work at your next mission rally or event. You could use either title, or even the title, “Be Free,” as the theme of your next event and use this video as your rallying point video:


Imagine, if your church is open to choreography or the use of flags or even “worship dance,” imagine a group helping communicate this song to the audience while the video plays on the big screen. Powerful.

You could use this video on the Great Commission on the second night:


By doing so, you could help put an end to all the people who told Barna they had no idea what the Great Commission says. The testimonies near the end are diverse — so you could introduce greater diversity to your group — even if it’s very monocultural or monoethnic.

This is really incredible — that they’re letting us download 1.2 Gig high res videos. Awesome. Thanks to “thewaitingworld“!!! The crazy thing is — they haven’t even branded these videos with appeals for funds or even with clear logos to build their brand. It’s like — they actually just care mainly about getting out the message. Love it.

7) What’s Your Take on This Article Criticizing Unreached Peoples?

What do we say to this guy who feels that the concept of finishing the task by reaching unreached peoples is biblically inconsistent, “practically impossible,” and, in a sense, missionally important — but distracting. He finally asks — “What’s the point?” Could someone please write a response to this article? We’ll publish it.




To respond, just click comment following the web verson of this item. Thanks in advance for sharing from your heart!


14) The Last Bit: Have You Heard About the Etnopedia?

This past week, we stumbled across Etnopedia. How in the world have we not seen this before? But try as I might, we couldn’t find one instance of us having written about this cool resource previously. So we wrote Dan Scribner, Director at Joshua Project, to get more info about this site. Dan wrote, “Very familiar with Etnopedia and their point person, Dave, who himself serves cross-culturally. Have known him for probably 12-14 years. Before Duane joined Joshua Project about ten years ago, he and Dave worked together for a number of years in Mexico tracking people groups for COMIMEX and COMIBAM. Main focus of Etnopedia is to get people group profiles into multiple languages. Dave uses a people group list that is a merger of all the major people group lists. He is very concerned about comprehensiveness i.e. not overlooking any possible group but not overly concerned about duplication or overlap of data. Dave and Joshua Project’s needs are similar in that we both urgently need translators.  For example, Joshua Project urgently needs Korean translators as we have the Unreached People of the Day in Korean but some gaps in translated profiles.” Check it out at…




Of course, we’re always happy to learn that resource-providers like these are on a firstname basis and have a comfortable working relationship. If you want data-driven, database-file type information about unreached peoples, Joshua Project is your best bet. If you’d like narratives gathered in a “wiki-type” format, it’s hard to beat Etnopedia on the people groups they’ve profiled.


This probably is a great time to visit once more the recurring habit that some workers have of putting down people-group approaches. We hear it often — “People Group fade” and the like. Specialists in unreached peoples have ALWAYS urged practitioners to go in with people group eyes — to be ready to apply a UPG filter if the people there are exhibiting it. But they’ve also always maintained that if people groups are not manifesting themselves in a realistic way, don’t force them on the context. In many urban areas, people groups have melded. They’ve done so for years. We’ll find 80 people groups in the same school, intermingling — and 80 people groups in the same church, getting along just fine. But in other contexts, we’ll discover a vast gulf between certain people groups showing prejudice and sometimes even hatred toward one another. The secret is not to stick to “people group eyes” as a hard-and-fast solution, but rather, again, to enter with people group eyes to understand the context if it’s helpful. To us, it’s become so “90s” to downplay people group thinking — yet it still remains helpful in some contexts. But we think that some people think they’re looking “modern” and “avant garde” if they downplay a helpful tool. Nonsense. Please don’t take away the lense if we need it. Lenses are good. Just ask Apple (about iPhone 11 Pro). : )



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.

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