is home to many people who have never heard the name of Jesus. The local church is the central means empowered by God to take the gospel to the nations and to build His Kingdom. Every person deserves to hear the gospel at least one time.
250 Unreached/Unengaged People Groups by 2021
North Carolina Baptists have begun a journey to embrace 250 unreached/unengaged people groups (UUPGs) by the year 2021. Tom Elliff (Ph.D.), president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), challenged Southern Baptists to embrace the 3,800 UUPGs during his report at the 2011 SBC annual meeting. The resources below will help your church begin this all important journey to get the gospel of Jesus Christ to a people group that has never heard the gospel.
To begin your church's journey to embracing an unengaged people group, the International Mission Board has created a page on their website with important resources to help you get started:
Moldova is located in Eastern Europe between Ukraine and Romania. The country is divided into 33 districts, with its 3.5 million residents living in 1,681 communities throughout the country. The capital city of Chisinau has a population of 800,000. Prior to gaining independence Moldova was a part of the former U.S.S.R.
According to the Joshua Project, Moldova’s population is approximately 96.7 percent non-evangelical. The primary religion is Orthodox, equaling 73 percent of the population. Within the Baptist community, the Union of Christian Evangelical Baptist Churches of Moldova is the largest Baptist body, with 490 churches and mission points divided into nine regions.
North Carolina churches have the opportunity to engage an unreached village in Moldova with the gospel of Jesus Christ working with an existing church in one of the nine regions of the country.
Housing over 2,800 people groups, there are 385 unengaged and unreached people groups in Southeast Asia. These people groups can be found in the following countries that comprise this vast area: Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines and East Timor. Southeast Asia is divided into two sub-regions that include Mainland Southeast Asia and Maritime Southeast Asia.
According to the Southeast Asian Peoples International Mission Board (IMB) website, the people groups that comprise this area include the Bhama, Tai-Kadai, Thai-Lao, Mon-Khmer, Viet-Muong, Filipino-Malayan, Sumatra, Java, East Indo and beyond. The major religions in southeast Asia include Buddhism, Taoism and Islam though there are some influences from Hinduism and other animistic religions. For more information, go to www.southeastasianpeoples.imb.org.
North Carolina Churches have the opportunity to work with these unengaged and unreached people groups by developing, implementing and maintaining a missions strategy.
With a population that is over 1,530,097,000, there are 251 unreached and unegaged people groups. These people come from a very diverse cluster of countries including those such as China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, North and South Korea, Mongolia and Taiwan. Macau is one of two special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China. The other area is Hong Kong. With so many people living in East Asia, it is no wonder that this region is one of the world’s most populated places
According to the Joshua Project website, the people group clusters that comprise East Asia include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Chinese-Hui, Mongolian and Taiwan Indigenous. Among the religious beliefs that are practiced in this region, these include Buddhism, Shintoism, religious traditions involving Taoism and Confucianism and some rare traces of Protestantism, Catholism and Islam. Many trace their religious beliefs back to ancient philosophers in their countries. For more information on East Asia, go to http://eastasianpeoples.imb.org.