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42% of the World Population is Unreached

More than 3 Billion people have extremely limited access to the Gospel.

An Unreached People Group is an ethnic group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance.[1]. These peoples do not have a self-sustained church able to expand on it’s own and normally encounter extreme difficulty in meeting Christians. Generally they have extremely limited access to Christian material or resources.

  • They make up 42% of the World Population

    That equals over 3.11 billion people

  • 7,033 People Group are Unreached

    41% of the worlds 16,954 people groups are classified as "unreached" (UPG).

Money and Missions

How much is being invested?

Global Christian Income

  • Christians (General) – $45 Trillion USD [3]
  • Evangelicals – $7 Trillion USD [5]

Investment in “General Ministry”

  • 1.65% of Christian income, or ($700 billion) is invested in “Christian Causes”
  • 0.11% of Christian income ($45 billion) is invested in missions
  • 0.0064% of Christian income ($450 million) is invested in “Unreached People Groups” [4]

Billion Invested in Missions

  • $42.45 billion (94.4%) invested in national missions in Christian countries and foreign missions in “Reached” countries.  [6]
  • $2.1 billion  (4.6%) toward the “non-Christian” world. This is different than “Unreached” [6]
  • $450 million (1%) to reach Unreached People Groups.  [4]

Evangelicals give on average less than 10 cents per month to reach the Unreached

The Church has more than 3000 times the human resources and 9000 times the financial resources needed to fulfill the Great Commission.

Hypothetical Cases

based on the data we have

Evangelicals give less than 10 cents per month on average to reach the unreached. [7]

The Church has more than 3000 times the human resources and 9000 times the financial resources needed to fulfill the Great Commission. [5].

Evangelicals could provide all the financial resources necessary to plant a church in all Unreached People Groups with only 0.03% of their income[5].

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Peoples and Missions

 Povos AlcançadosPovos Minimamente AlcançadosPovos Não AlcançadosFonte 
Numero de Povos695029877076Joshua Project
População3,5 bilhões829 milhões3,13 bilhõesJoshua Project
% da População Global46,9%11%42%Joshua Project
Missionários309.31577.61013.315Atlas of Global Christianity 2009
% de Total de Missionários77,3%19,4%3,3%Atlas of Global Christianity 2009
  • A people group with less than 2% evangelical presence  [1]
  • Inexistent or extremely limited access to the gospel.
  • Includes the Unengaged People Groups, which are people groups with no church planting initiative in active development. Unengaged peoples total 1.5 billion. 59% of Unreached People Groups are Unengaged. [2][1] Joshua Project – Definitions
    [2] Joshua Project – Frontier Peoples

This definition includes the following categories:
Least Reached

  • Few Evangelicals, but a significant number who identify as “Christian”.
  • Less then or up to 2% evangelical presence
  • More than 5% and less than 50% “Christian” in a broad sense.

Superficially Reached

  • Few Evangelicals, but many who identify as “Christian”. High need for spiritual renewal and a dedication to biblical faith.
  • Less than or up to 2% evangelical
  • More than 50% “Christian” in a broad sense.

Source:  Joshua Project

This number includes the following two categories of progress of the Gospel in reached areas as defined by the Joshua Project.

Partially Reached People Groups

  • Between 2% and 10% Evangelical
  • A modest presente of evangelical
  • Public access to Christian or evangelistic material

Significantly Reached Peoples

  • More than 10% Evangelical
  • Open acess to various Christian denominations
  • Open and easy access to Christian and evangelistic material

[1] Joshua Project – Progress Scale
[2] Joshua Project

There are 900 churches for each unreached people group.
Source: USCWM, Mission Frontiers, 2001

There are 89,000 Evangelical Christians for each unreached people group.
Number calculated using 630 million evangelicals including pentecostals, and 7076 unreached peoples.
Source:CNEF, GLOBAL STATISTICS 2017, lecnef.org, France, accessed November 18, 2017 e Joshua Project.

Uncomfortable Observations

There are 900 churches for each unreached people group.
Fonte: USCWM, Mission Frontiers, 2001

There are 89,000 Evangelical Christians for each unreached people group.
Number based on 630 million evangelicals including Pentecostals, and 7076 Unreached People Groups
Sources: CNEF, GLOBAL STATISTICS 2017, lecnef.org, France, accessed November 18, 2017 e Joshua Project.

The Church has more than 3000 times the human resources and 9000 times the financial resources needed to fulfill the Great Commission.

Evangelicals could provide all the financial resources necessary to plan a church in all of the over 7000 unreached people groups with only 0.03% of their income[5].
Observations based on stats from the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol. 39 No. 1 , o World Christian Database, 2015, e World Christian Trends, Pg. 656. Observation noted by the Travelling Team.

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