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Identifying Points of Missionary Need (people groups)

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 needs) and an unknown number of ethnic peoples (other missionary needs). Some call these distinctions ethno-linguistic and ethno-cultural.

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“Unreached Peoples” A Passé Concept?

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?” 

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Conversation With Chris M. On Global Research Coordination pt. 1

October 26th, 2009
Question from Chris M. “What do you think about facilitating a global community of mission information workers?”

Response: It can only work if field and regional people involved. These are usually three parties.

Field missionaries
Field researcher
Field/Local mobilizers

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Reflections on People Group Thinking by Bill M.

These are thoughts From Bill M. in August of 2009;

The people group paradigm is most useful when the following conditions are met.

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Is the “People In Country” perspective necessary?

For quite a while, I have been thinking about the people in country perspective. In 2002 we developed a flat database of the worlds peoples to place on the Internet. By flat I mean that the database was one table and had no relationships. During that development we took out the people in country perspective leaving only one record per people group.

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Larry K. On Local Multilingual Research Model

Ideas from Etnopedia to Larry about suggestions for the discussions at the Ethne09 meeting.

1. How can research be made useful on a local level?

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Conversation with Ted B. about Unidentified Languages

I was wondering one day how many unidentified languages there are aroung the world so I skyped an expert. These were his comments.  I took notes. [my comments]
Feel free to correct this Ted if you remember differently.  🙂

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Conversation with Chris M. About People Research

May 2009 2:15 PM till who knows when. We talked about Systematic Deployment.

Chris was with Vision 5/9 from 2005 to 2007 when he compared the Joshua Project list and IMB list.

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Suggestions for Starting a People Research Project

These are suggestions are for those who are thinking about starting a major peoples research project.  I have heard this year that there are a few out there.

1. Your project needs to reach other languages. They are the majority mission senders and the trend is rising.
2. Your project (if internet based) should not be too heavy for end users. The majority of users do not have the connection speed that North Americans do.
3. Your web interface should not be too complicated so that all ages and users levels can navigate it well.
4. Your project should not need a user login to be able to get at the information.
5. Your project should not expect that other ministries scratch their current systems to all collaborate on your project.
6. You project should not require other researchers or workers to do work on your project.
7. There needs to be a standard by which other research efforts can get your data and compare it to their own. People name will not work.
8. Your project should be filling a need that is not already being met by another ministry or effort. No duplication.
9. Your data should be public domain and at no cost. People can get much information for free now, and will look for another source if you are charging or have copyrights.
10. Your information needs to be editable by a community of volunteers. If your database is closed, you will soon be obsolete.
11. Your project should not depend heavily on another project. Projects come and go.
12. Spiritual unity is not necessarily that everyone works on the same platform.
13. Your project should not require that other research efforts use one scale or standards.
14. Your project should be to benefit the unreached peoples. Reaching them is finishing the task.