The major global missions people, language and country databases are seeking closer partnership and data sharing. This includes the World Christian Database, International Mission Board, Ethnologue, Operation World and Joshua Project. Each with its own distinctive, these initiatives are working in cooperation.
Joshua Project is pleased to partner with the Movement of African National Initiatives. MANI is an African movement, a network of networks and African National Initiatives, focused on catalyzing African National Initiatives and mobilizing the resources of the Body of Christ in Africa for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
MANI's stated purpose is to affirm, motivate, mobilize and network Christian leaders by inspiring them with the vision of reaching the unreached and least evangelized in Africa, and the wider world, through the communication of up to date research, reports and models; consultations and prayer efforts focusing on the unfinished task.
Joshua Project and Etnopedia, while distinct initiatives, serve a similar vision. They seek to help inform the church worldwide about the unfinished task of the Great Commission by identifying and highlighting the people groups of the world that have the least exposure to the Gospel and the least Christian presence in their midst.
The approaches used by these two ministries are unified and connected so as to work in conjunction and varied so as to focus on their respective emphases and thus avoid duplication. For Joshua Project that focus is on updateable statistics for a comprehensive list of peoples. For Etnopedia that focus is to provide a translation platform and multilingual set of people profiles for collaboration in a web community.