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Note: When making a profile, can you place the inter-language links in alphabetical order please? Just use the language code as your guide. I am trying to correct all these on the English portal as I have made this error too. The reason for this is that when there are profiles in 15+ languages one day it will be easier to see and find your language link.

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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.


The Fruit Bowl Of Mission Research – by Scott P.

Apples to oranges to bananas? Sometimes, it seems the various people group lists, let alone separate priority people group lists, constitute just such a comparison. However, in the fruit bowl that is mission research, we are often simply comparing varieties of apples – Red Delicious to Granny Smith to Macintosh.


A Good Place to Start – by Peter Crossing

On 1 July, 2007, just after midnight, 1,850,401,827 people will be unevangelized. Beyond the number, consider that these are not people who have some vague perception of Jesus from Sunday School days, nor people with a token Bible on the shelf, nor people who can flick over worship services on television, nor people who work with Christians and avoid them. These are souls completely removed from any form of Christian witness.


Which Peoples Need Priority Attention?

(sub-title) Seeking Agreement on the “Core of the Core”

In November 2004, January 2005, and January 2006 three articles on “Which peoples need priority attention?” were published in Mission Frontiers. Each was written by a different set of writers, representing different research groups: Dan S. for Joshua Project (JP), Todd J. and Peter C. for the World Christian Database (WCD), and Scott H. and Jim H. for the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention. The articles described three different ways of helping decision-makers prioritize the allocation of scarce resources among the many unreached peoples, and presented a list of the people groups each method identified as priority.