Use Joshua Project Data

Unreached Map
What can we do about the
thousands
of unreached people groups?

Jesus commissioned the Church in Mathew 28:19 to go and make disciples of all nations. The Greek word for "nations" here is ethne (ἔθνη) and means "people (or ethnic) groups." In this context "nations" is not used like the term in the "United Nations" but instead like the term for the American tribes in the "Six Nations of the Iroquois."

Jesus desires followers from every ethnic people group of the world. Today, nearly half of the world lives with little or no access to the gospel, yet Christians can be found in every country. To complete the Great Commission, more churches and mission organizations should adjust their focus to include people group thinking.

Action Step:

Look up the countries where your missionaries are serving by using the search tool and find the unreached people groups in that country. Talk with your missionaries about expanding their strategy to include a deliberate focus on the unreached people groups in their area.

You've probably heard (or made) statements like these:

  • "Missions begins in your back yard."
  • "Your mission field starts as soon as you walk out the doors of the church."
  • "Start with your 'Jerusalem'." (See Acts 1:8)
  • "We have 'unreached' right here where we live."

Often we make these declarations, unaware of how they trivialize important terms like "missions" and the "unreached." Those words should be largely reserved for the "utmost" or "uttermost" Jesus tasked us with. The mission is Jerusalem AND Judea AND Samaria AND the uttermost parts (literally, to the extremes) of the earth.

Joshua Project emphasizes cross cultural missions and missions to the unreached so strongly because that is often the most neglected part of what Jesus commissioned us to do.

"Missions is not about simply persons being evangelized on your campus. Missions is about reaching the peoples....Missions is about crossing a culture, learning the language, planting the church where it doesn't exist so that it can do evangelism like you can here." - John Piper, Cross Conference 2013.

Action Step:

Without abandoning missionaries you support who are working among people who already have the gospel readily available, decide to begin giving and sending strategically towards where the gospel is not. "... Lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest." (John 4:35)

Missions is not a compartment nor a department of the church. It is God's heart to reach those for whom Christ died. The Bible is full of references to what we might call "missions." It is not just the book of Jonah and the last few verses of a couple of the Gospels.

Weaving the thread of this missionary heartbeat into your presentations and sermons could not be easier. You can find it in the call of Abraham, Israel's laws, the dedication of the temple, many of David's Psalms, key gentile characters, the minor prophets, Jesus' teachings, almost every book written by the Apostles and as the Scriptures close out with the book of Revelation.

Action Steps:

There are several ways to access Joshua Project data:

  • On-the-fly Excel downloads
    Below any listing on this website there is a "Download Data" button. Click the button to download an Excel file of that specific listing.
  • Premade Excel and Access datasets
    Visit the Joshua Project datasets download page for premade sets of data such as all unreached people groups or a table of languages. Various formats are available.
  • Joshua Project API
    The best method for integrating Joshua Project data into your website, app or project. This simple to use API provides 24/7 access to live people group data. You will never need to refresh your data.

Action Step:

Share Joshua Project unreached people data with your Sunday school class, small group, pastor or mission committee members.




Population: 165,000
Language: Gujarati
Religion: Hinduism
Status: Unreached

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