Operation World

We're delighted to share that collaboration of Joshua Project and Operation World, which mostly happens behind the scenes, is increasingly there for all to see. The Unreached of the Day has aligned their content to match with Operation World for 2022. In other words, the unreached people group featured in the Unreached of the Day will be - wherever possible - a group that lives in Operation World's Country of the Day. How cool is that?! The Joshua Project homepage now features syncronized links to the OW Country of the Day.

Collaboration between Operation World and Joshua Project dates back decades, when Patrick Johnstone (founder of Operation World), was instrumental in the composition and calculation of Joshua Project's first lists of people groups. We still share useful data with one another, and our team leaders meet together regularly to update, encourage, and pray for one another. Joshua Project team members have used Operation World in their own prayer lives and research, and Operation World team members use Joshua Project similarly! Just one more example among thousands of Kingdom collaboration that quietly, faithfully, and effectively happens behind the scenes.

Global Research Initiatives

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.

Movement of African National Initiatives (MANI)

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.