What is a People Group?

Here at Providence we are passionate about those who have little to no access to the story of Jesus. The gap between those who know Him and those who do not is something we strive to close.

What is a people group?

An ethnolinguistic group with a common self-identity that is shared by the various members. For strategic purposes, it is the largest group within which the gospel can spread without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance. There are approximately 11,755 people groups in the world.

*Information on people groups gathered from the IMB research website: peoplegroups.org.

Unreached People Groups

A people group is considered unreached (UPG) when there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage this people group with church planting. Technically speaking, the percentage of evangelical Christians in this people group is less than 2 percent. Currently, there are 7,086 UPGs in the world.

Unengaged People Groups

Unreached people groups are unengaged (UUPG) when there is no church planting strategy, consistent with evangelical faith and practice, underway. Gathering believers and planting churches are the keys to establishing an effective and multiplying presence among these people groups. There are currently 3,167 UUPGs.

We want to help you find you next step to reach the unreached and unengaged people groups of the world. Contact us today to take your next step @ missions@pray.org

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