Pray for the Unreached
May 30 – June 9, 2019
“Ask of Me and I will give the nations to you as an inheritance” (Psalm 2:8)
We invite you to join an exciting upcoming prayer event that has a chance to have a global impact for Christ’s kingdom. Beginning on May 30, and for nine days after, Christians around the world will pray for the gospel to be shared with unreached people groups in each region of the world. Finally, on International Day of Prayer for the Unreached (June 9, 2019, Pentecost Sunday), we will unite in prayer gatherings for the unreached peoples of the earth.
Are you excited yet? We know we are. However, you probably have a few questions about this potentially world-changing event. Let’s see if we can answer a few.
What do you mean by “unreached people group”?
By people group we mean an ethnic group with a common culture, language and identity. An unreached people group is one which does not have enough Christians in it to effectively influence the entire group with the gospel. There may be individual Christians present, but they are too few to be fully effective. According to the Joshua Project, there are a little over 17,000 people groups (or nations) in the world. Of these, 7,100 are unreached groups.
Why pray for unreached peoples?
The Great Commission is Christ’s mandate to his church (Matthew 28:18-20). The scriptures are clear that the Lord has called the church to act as ambassadors in his ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). Without the evangelistic ministry of the church, souls are lost for eternity (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Thus, obeying the Lord’s commission is imperative. However, we can only fulfill this mandate with God’s help. Therefore, prayer must be deeply integrated into any effort to complete the church’s mission on earth (Luke 10:2).
In addition, the Lord’s second coming is closely tied to all peoples of the earth hearing and receiving the gospel message (Matthew 24:14, 2 Peter 3:12, Revelation 7:9). It is clear, then, that prayer for the unreached peoples of the earth is expected of all faithful followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
How can I participate?
One simple and primary way: PRAY! In the resources below, we offer suggestions for various ways in which individuals and groups can join in this effort. We leave it up to each individual and group to decide how deeply they ultimately feel called to participate. We hope that many will decide to organize prayer gatherings and meet together to pray on International Day of Prayer for the Unreached (Pentecost Sunday (June 9, 2019)). Whatever you decide to do, please make time to PRAY FOR THE UNREACHED.
ANM will also be leading two local prayer events to kick off and culminate this powerful period of prayer. Prayer gatherings will be held:
- May 30, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 pm at ANM Headquarters, 10460 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
- June 9, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Church on the Hill, 100 Foursquare Lane, Fishersville, VA 22939
*If you would like more information about unreached people groups, we recommend you go to…
The Joshua Project at https://joshuaproject.net
International Day for the Unreached at https://alliancefortheunreached.org
Would you like to learn more about how you can pray for the gospel to be shared with each region of the world? Then opt-in to get access to our free Pray for the Unreached resources. This includes:
- A prayer guide to help you pray for each region
- An introductory prayer for the unreached
- An invitation to pray
- A flyer/bulletin insert for the Pray for the Unreached event