The world is a vast place, so it should come as no surprise that of the 16,650 distinct people groups recognized today, there are well over 7,000 that remain untouched by the good news of the Gospel. These groups, representing 2.9 billion people and nearly 40% of the world’s population live their lives in isolation – both from others and from the message of God’s love. While not every one of us is called to serve one of these groups in a missionary capacity, each of us can play a part in their future through the power of prayer. And that’s where this week’s featured resources, the JP Unreached and the Joshua Project Languages mobile apps, can help.
Available to iOS, Android, and Google users, the JP Unreached app provides profiles for 366 of the most critical people groups. These are the cultures which, if reached, have the greatest potential for carrying the Gospel message to the surrounding areas and are, therefore, of greatest concern. Through this unique app, you’ll be provided with access to statistics on each group’s population, language and religion, as well as an introduction to their history and culture. Each day’s entry contains information about obstacles that stand in the way of missionary efforts as well as prayer prompts to help you decide how best to intercede both for those who have yet to be reached and those who seek to reach them. You can even set a “reminder” function, so you don’t forget your prayer commitment!
Looking for the stats on a language group not included in this app? Then check out Joshua Project Languages! Listed both by country and by language name, this comprehensive record links users to resources for tongues both living and dead – offering statistics, vocal recordings, and access to excellent evangelism materials ranging from the written word (including Bibles and gospel tracts) to audio-visual aides like the “Jesus Film”. It’s a great app for anyone interested in world missions and comes highly recommended.
Pick up both apps today and you’ll be well on your way to both understanding the needs of the world’s unreached people groups… and making a difference in their lives!