“Ask of me and I will give the nations to you as an inheritance” (Psalm 2:8)
At Advancing Native Missions, we believe in the power of prayer. Prayer powers the work of God’s kingdom, and that’s what ANM is all about. Around the world, there are billions of people who have yet to hear about the infinite love of Jesus. Many people groups lack sufficient witness to the gospel (more on what that means later), and therefore have little chance to encounter and fully understand the gospel message. If you’re looking for a good reason to pray, we would say this is it.
Advancing Native Missions desires the whole world – every tribe, every nation, every people group – to come to know our Lord and Savior, Jesus. As a result, we are asking and encouraging all who are willing to pray for the many unreached peoples across the globe. We already have brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who have come alongside us and one another in praying for the gospel to reach the ends of the earth, and we want you to join us.
Are you excited yet? We know we are. However, you probably have a few questions about this potentially world-changing movement. 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.Whatever you decide to do, please make time to PRAY FOR THE UNREACHED.
*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 of the world
- An introductory prayer for the unreached
- An invitation to pray