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Who are the Unreached?
In Matthew 28:16-20, the Lord Jesus commanded us to make disciples of “all nations.” He also instructed the apostles to be His witnesses from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. As you may know, the word “nations” is from the Greek word ethne, which means people groups, i.e., a group of people with their own language and culture. According to the Joshua Project, there are 17,443 people groups in the world. Of these, 7,406 are unreached.
Unreached means there are less than a 2% Evangelical Bible-believing presence. Most of these unreached people groups live in the 10/40 Window, which is located 10 degrees above the equator from the western rim of Africa to 40 degrees above the equator to the eastern rim of Japan.
More than 3 billion people live in this area of the world, which is over 40% of the world population. They have been largely resistant to the gospel, with the predominant religions being Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Even though Indonesia and Mongolia are not located within this Window, they are also considered unreached. Many of the unreached people groups are located in India and Indonesia.