I was recently at a missions conference and had the privilege to spend a few days with fellow unreached people group researchers. One was with the International Missions Board and the other was from the U.S. Center for World Mission.
We have been trying for years to mobilize people toward unreached people groups. I have worked for over ten years in the Adopt-A-People campaign and thought many times that something is missing. I may have finally found what it is. It has to do with a personal encounter with the idea. We truly need to [...]
This past week we had the pleasure of having Duane F. of the Joshua Project in our office. Duane is concerned and confirms what I have been hearing more and more; Individual unreached people groups are too small and numerous to focus on. I have also heard things such as “small people groups need to [...]
Remember back in the mid 90′s when they told us we need to be training and discipling young leaders? The premise was that there was a crisis of leadership worldwide. There were too few leaders and that it was going to get worse as we moved into the future. It’s happening because the older generation [...]
Etnopedia has a system in place to deal with people clusters. We call them “people groupings” on Etnopedia. There is a lot of talk these days about people clusters. I need to say from the beginning that I do believe that they are strategic. However I do not believe that we should move away from [...]
Several people have asked why Etnopedia does not use programs to automatically update or translate information between the different language portals. So I would like to take some time to answer the questions in-depth.
World people group databases are complicated. They have so many fields and related tables, it is no wonder we have not yet gotten many local mobilization efforts involved in field research. Actually, the global people database has little value without field research driving it. We need field researchers gathering fresh data on the people groups [...]
There is a lot of buzz these days about Cloud computing. It is unusual to me that with so much technology available to us, the Mission movement has not yet caught on to using the Cloud to work on unreached people group information. What is Cloud computing? The simplest way of explaining it is this [...]
People groups migrate. Some of this information is available to us. The problem is that we don’t know where they are in those countries they have migrated to. For example, 125,000 Berber Rif live in France. But where in France? We need to know what cities and possibly even where in those cities they can [...]
This conversation posted on on Lausanne Conversations for Cape Town 2010 - See conversation. How many unreached people groups are there? Well, we don’t know. Because of advancing technology we think we should be much further ahead in unreached people research. Unfortunately technology won’t help us much. We still need field researchers among unreached people groups. [...]