Original email to everyone – We know that Paul introduced the term “unengaged” at Cape Town 2010, and others have begun using it. I do not think it is the best term, and prefer less-reached, or un-reached. It translates better into, at least, Spanish and Portuguese. Paul, for strategic purposes, has focused primarily only on [...]
My thoughts after a call from Chris D. about creating a social network to connect users who are interested in specific unreached peoples. Ok, here we go again. I had to put myself in your shoes and say to myself “I have been given the task to create a social network that links people, churches, agencies etc. together on [...]
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Here are the latest stats for Unengaged Unreached People Groups – UUPG currently 2939 w/300,955,026 pop. Approximately 2441 have no Bible translation, written or oral. 1,432 full time workers now w/original 639 list w/2,592 part time or vocational workers. If we get one worker for each 50,000 in all unreached people groups over 50,000 we [...]
When researchers talk about new people groups, they are not new but have always been there. They just have not been identified. This is a comment from one researcher about Pakistan which has increased in the number of identified peoples from 389 to 455. So 66 newly identified peoples are added to the missionary task. [...]
This is the second part of questions posed to researchers for a missions conference. All major research efforts need to collaborate on a centralized list. I was told yesterday that we will never see collaboration happen between research efforts. I continue to keep the faith. We will reach many more peoples if we keep trying to [...]
Proposition – Missiological research is a critical component of the task of engaging and discipling the remaining unreached people groups. Question – Is missiological research valued as it should be among mission leaders? Why or why not?
There is a definite need for collaboration on unreached people research. Several research efforts are working independently and have attempted many times to collaborate. We need to think about what it is that we trying to accomplish? Can we continue to work independently on small teams or can we develop a community of researchers working together. Maybe we [...]
We need to be aware that all the worlds’ peoples are not identified yet. I can give you examples from field researchers that will tell us we do not have a complete picture. Here is one: I was recently traveling in an unreached people group with a field missionary. The area has 50+ distinct languages (or Bible translation [...]
A friend recently visited the U.S. Center for World Mission (late 2009) and asked a simple question to some of the centers staff and ministries. Here are a few of the responses to the question: “Some people say the concept of “unreached peoples” is a passé concept. What would you say to that?”