Frontier Unreached Peoples

Overview

Who are Frontier Unreached People Groups?

Frontier People Groups (FPGs) are Unreached People Groups with 0.1% or fewer Christian of any kind, and no known gospel movement. There are about 4,748 Frontier People Groups with total population 1,852,596,000. One fourth of the world lives in FPGs and have almost no chance of hearing about Jesus from someone in their own people group.

How neglected are Frontier People Groups?

The vast majority of mission prayer, giving and laborers focuses on strengthening Christians where Christians are already present. Only a tiny portion of mission prayer and resources go to Unreached People Groups at all, and only a tiny fraction of this goes to Frontier Unreached People Groups.

Why are Gospel Movements necessary among Frontier People Groups?

In most Frontier People Groups, Christianity is often viewed as a competing foreign political and religious force that threatens to pull apart families and communities. Evangelism and church-planting that encourages or expects individuals to leave their families reinforces these fears. FPGs are best reached through gospel movements which bring God’s blessing to heal and strengthen families and communities.

See also: "Frontier Peoples: The Context" and "Introducing Frontier People Groups"

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Frontier Peoples By Region

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Region   People
Groups
Frontier
Peoples
% Frontier Peoples
this Region
% of all
Frontier Peoples
Region
Population
Population in
Frontier Peoples
% Popl in Frontier
Peoples this Region
% Popl of all
Frontier Peoples
Australia and Pacific
 
1,548 15 1.0 % 0.3 % 40,974,000 194,000 0.5 % 0.0 %
Central Asia
 
536 266 49.6 % 5.6 % 284,400,000 166,333,000 58.5 % 9.0 %
East and Southern Africa
 
1,285 159 12.4 % 3.3 % 570,171,000 30,880,000 5.4 % 1.7 %
Eastern Europe and Eurasia
 
788 145 18.4 % 3.1 % 334,920,000 8,677,000 2.6 % 0.5 %
Latin America
 
1,437 27 1.9 % 0.6 % 606,115,000 88,000 0.0 % 0.0 %
Middle East and North Africa
 
577 237 41.1 % 5.0 % 367,291,000 106,784,000 29.1 % 5.8 %
North America and Caribbean
 
979 40 4.1 % 0.8 % 406,342,000 1,242,000 0.3 % 0.1 %
Northeast Asia
 
706 292 41.4 % 6.1 % 1,639,830,000 42,894,000 2.6 % 2.3 %
South Asia
 
3,822 2,934 76.8 % 61.8 % 1,764,953,000 1,330,021,000 75.4 % 71.8 %
Southeast Asia
 
1,824 322 17.7 % 6.8 % 653,511,000 49,872,000 7.6 % 2.7 %
West and Central Africa
 
2,223 203 9.1 % 4.3 % 518,448,000 93,870,000 18.1 % 5.1 %
Western Europe
 
1,291 107 8.3 % 2.3 % 409,247,000 5,583,000 1.4 % 0.3 %
Totals:  12   17,016 4,748 27.9 % 100.0 % 7,596,203,000 1,852,596,000 24.4 % 100.0 %

Frontier Peoples Counts by Region
Frontier Peoples Population by Region
Cartogram:  Count by Region


Cartogram:  Population by Region


Frontier Peoples By Religion

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Religion People Groups this
Primary Religion
Frontier Peoples
this Primary Religion
% Frontier Peoples
this Primary Religion
% of all
Frontier Peoples
Estimated
Adherents
Population in
Frontier Peoples
% Popl in Frontier
Peoples this Religion
% Popl of all
Frontier Peoples
Buddhism 664 222 33.4 % 4.7 % 497,030,000 12,235,000 2.5 % 0.7 %
Christianity 7,083 0 0.0 % 0.0 % 2,376,848,000 0 0.0 % 0.0 %
Ethnic Religions 2,630 413 15.7 % 8.7 % 714,886,000 16,108,000 2.3 % 0.9 %
Hinduism 2,575 1,858 72.2 % 39.1 % 1,159,260,000 789,186,000 68.1 % 42.6 %
Islam 3,622 2,122 58.6 % 44.7 % 1,795,498,000 996,323,000 55.5 % 53.8 %
Non-Religious 258 3 1.2 % 0.1 % 982,473,000 27,000 0.0 % 0.0 %
Other / Small 145 124 85.5 % 2.6 % 61,481,000 22,548,000 36.7 % 1.2 %
Unknown 39 5 12.8 % 0.1 % 8,729,000 11,000 0.1 % 0.0 %
Totals:  8 17,016 4,748 27.9 % 100.0 % 7,596,203,000 1,852,596,000 24.4 % 100.0 %

Frontier Peoples Counts by Religion
Frontier Peoples Population by Religion

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