Frontier Unreached Peoples

Overview

Who are Frontier Unreached People Groups?

Frontier People Groups (FPGs) are Unreached People Groups with 0.1% or fewer Christians of any kind, and no evidence of a self-sustaining gospel movement. There are about 4,763 Frontier People Groups with total population 1,848,199,000. One fourth of the world lives in FPGs and have almost no chance of hearing about Jesus from someone in their own people group. The 31 largest FPGs contain around HALF the population of all frontier people groups, almost a billion people. Get the prayer guide for these 31 people groups.

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 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"

31 Frontier Peoples Prayer Guide

Prayer guide for the 31 largest Frontier People groups without a gospel movement

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Last Updated: 8/17/18
   
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Last Updated: 11/05/18
 
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Frontier Peoples Listings

By Population

All Frontier Peoples
4,763 (100%)
1,848,199,000 (100%)



100,000 and above
1,054 (22%)
1,783,051,000 (96%)



500,000 and above
405 (9%)
1,634,081,000 (88%)



1 million and above
249 (5%)
1,523,231,000 (82%)



31 largest
31 (1%)
879,681,000 (48%)


Frontier Peoples Powerpoints

The Remaining Mission Task

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La Tarea Misionera Fronteriza

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The Big Picture

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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
Africa, East and Southern
 
1,298 159 12.2 % 3.3 % 571,258,000 29,251,000 5.1 % 1.6 %
Africa, North and Middle East
 
573 239 41.7 % 5.0 % 370,591,000 104,909,000 28.3 % 5.7 %
Africa, West and Central
 
2,224 202 9.1 % 4.2 % 532,494,000 53,822,000 10.1 % 2.9 %
America, Latin
 
1,449 39 2.7 % 0.8 % 602,171,000 86,000 0.0 % 0.0 %
America, North and Caribbean
 
982 40 4.1 % 0.8 % 406,714,000 1,252,000 0.3 % 0.1 %
Asia, Central
 
536 266 49.6 % 5.6 % 289,942,000 170,198,000 58.7 % 9.2 %
Asia, Northeast
 
709 290 40.9 % 6.1 % 1,658,249,000 43,418,000 2.6 % 2.3 %
Asia, South
 
3,857 2,942 76.3 % 61.8 % 1,788,299,000 1,380,683,000 77.2 % 74.7 %
Asia, Southeast
 
1,807 316 17.5 % 6.6 % 659,839,000 50,100,000 7.6 % 2.7 %
Australia and Pacific
 
1,550 16 1.0 % 0.3 % 41,832,000 197,000 0.5 % 0.0 %
Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
 
789 147 18.6 % 3.1 % 335,352,000 8,652,000 2.6 % 0.5 %
Europe, Western
 
1,286 107 8.3 % 2.2 % 413,164,000 5,639,000 1.4 % 0.3 %
Totals:  12   17,060 4,763 27.9 % 100.0 % 7,669,897,000 1,848,199,000 24.1 % 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 664 225 33.9 % 4.7 % 500,081,000 12,351,000 2.5 % 0.7 %
Christianity 7,106 0 0.0 % 0.0 % 2,390,949,000 0 0.0 % 0.0 %
Ethnic Religions 2,639 423 16.0 % 8.9 % 729,662,000 15,028,000 2.1 % 0.8 %
Hinduism 2,597 1,870 72.0 % 39.3 % 1,166,843,000 822,904,000 70.5 % 44.5 %
Islam 3,616 2,122 58.7 % 44.6 % 1,823,194,000 977,406,000 53.6 % 52.9 %
Non-Religious 259 2 0.8 % 0.0 % 991,894,000 24,000 0.0 % 0.0 %
Other / Small 138 115 83.3 % 2.4 % 58,301,000 20,483,000 35.1 % 1.1 %
Unknown 41 6 14.6 % 0.1 % 8,981,000 12,000 0.1 % 0.0 %
Totals:  8 17,060 4,763 27.9 % 100.0 % 7,669,897,000 1,848,199,000 24.1 % 100.0 %

Frontier Peoples Counts by Religion
Frontier Peoples Population by Religion

Indigenous vs Diaspora