Small People Groups Are The Priority


Etnopedia Team Articles / Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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What Should The Unreached Peoples Priority Be? To know, one needs to look closely at the different world people databases. Most of us would agree that the focus should be unreached peoples, but which ones? Let’s average the numbers of ethnic peoples of the different databases for simplicity. EXAMINING MAJOR DATABASES, THE AVERAGE NUMBER IS PROBABLY BETWEEN 10,000 AND 11,000 KNOWN ETHNIC PEOPLES.

World Christian Database = 8,699 peoples.
Southern Baptist Convention (CPPI/GSEC) = 8,313 peoples.
Harvest Information System = 10,609 peoples.
Joshua Project     = 9,763  peoples.
Mission Info Bank = 10,600+ peoples.
Estimated Unidentified Peoples = 2,300 peoples. Two experts on India say there are 4,000+ peoples there.

THIS STUDY BELOW IS ON 10,200 ETHNIC PEOPLES. The numbers are rounded. They are obtained from a combination of the HIS and the Joshua Project databases in 2008.

PEOPLES LIVING IN ONE COUNTRY
8,200 live in only one country.
7,200 are below 100,000 in population.
360 are between 100,000 and 200,000.
6,300 speak only one language.
1,200 speak only two languages.

PEOPLES LIVING IN TWO COUNTRIES
1,200 live in only two countries.
700 are under 100,000 in population.
150 are between 100,000 and 200,000.
750 speak only one language.
230 speak only two languages.

PEOPLES LIVING IN THREE COUNTRIES
350 live in only 3 countries.
120 are under 100,000 in population.
40 are between 100,000 and 200,000.
170 speak only one language.
50 speak only 2 languages.

PEOPLES LIVING IN FOUR COUNTRIES
160 live only in 4 countries.
30 are under 100,000 in population.
20 are between 100,000 and 200,000.
70 speak one language.
20 speak only two languages.

PEOPLES LIVING IN FIVE COUNTRIES
50 live in only 5 countries.
5 are below 100,000 in population.
3 are between 100,000 and 200,000.
30 speak only one language.
10 speak only 2 languages.

PEOPLES LIVING IN MORE THAN FIVE COUNTRIES
230 live in more than 5 countries.
This means 6 or more countries.
120 speak only one language.
20 speak only 2 languages.
5 peoples are under 100,000 in population.
11 are between 100,000 and 200,000.
170 are over a million in population.

The majority (OVER HALF) of the known unreached peoples live mainly in ONE or TWO countries and speak mainly one or two languages AND are under 100,000 in population.

So I contend that priorities that are placed on peoples over 100,000 in population are incorrect. When I say priorities I mainly mean missionary efforts but also would include research efforts. I have some concerns about population accuracy that I will probably start another discussion on later. That issue is very closely related to this one because we usually make priorities based on populations. Please add your comments. I would really like to know what others are thinking.