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 4,996 Frontier People Groups with total population 1,976,018,000. One fourth of the world lives in FPGs and have almost no chance of hearing about Jesus from someone in their own people group. About HALF the population of all FPGs live in just 33 groups, each ten million and over in population. Get the prayer guide for the original 31 largest frontier 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. Very few mission agencies and churches send even 1% of their missionaries to Frontier Peoples.

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.

Frontier Peoples Listings / Maps

By Population

All Frontier Peoples
4,996 (100%)
1,976,018,000 (100%)



100,000 and above
1,213 (24%)
1,899,324,000 (96%)



500,000 and above
444 (9%)
1,725,407,000 (87%)



1 million and above
268 (5%)
1,603,610,000 (81%)



10 million and above
33 (1%)
910,786,000 (46%)



Frontier Peoples Powerpoints

The Remaining Mission Task

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La Tarea Misionera Fronteriza

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Como Entender o trabalho Missionário

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The Big Picture

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Frontier Peoples Prayer Guide (Original 31 Largest)

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



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
 
1,307 156 11.9 % 3.1 % 600,633,000 29,429,000 4.9 % 1.5 %
Africa, North and Middle East
 
582 244 41.9 % 4.9 % 385,022,000 140,078,000 36.4 % 7.1 %
Africa, West and Central
 
2,219 193 8.7 % 3.9 % 561,722,000 68,510,000 12.2 % 3.5 %
America, Latin
 
1,459 53 3.6 % 1.1 % 614,151,000 101,000 0.0 % 0.0 %
America, North and Caribbean
 
1,035 56 5.4 % 1.1 % 414,182,000 3,377,000 0.8 % 0.2 %
Asia, Central
 
548 285 52.0 % 5.7 % 297,743,000 190,432,000 64.0 % 9.6 %
Asia, Northeast
 
709 285 40.2 % 5.7 % 1,667,595,000 49,407,000 3.0 % 2.5 %
Asia, South
 
4,046 3,158 78.1 % 63.2 % 1,829,089,000 1,418,648,000 77.6 % 71.8 %
Asia, Southeast
 
1,821 289 15.9 % 5.8 % 674,179,000 61,101,000 9.1 % 3.1 %
Australia and Pacific
 
1,573 20 1.3 % 0.4 % 42,473,000 292,000 0.7 % 0.0 %
Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
 
797 147 18.4 % 2.9 % 335,980,000 8,855,000 2.6 % 0.4 %
Europe, Western
 
1,313 110 8.4 % 2.2 % 415,248,000 5,771,000 1.4 % 0.3 %
Totals:  12   17,409 4,996 28.7 % 100.0 % 7,838,042,000 1,976,018,000 25.2 % 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 680 224 32.9 % 4.5 % 505,356,000 17,913,000 3.5 % 0.9 %
Christianity 7,139 0 0.0 % 0.0 % 2,439,846,000 0 0.0 % 0.0 %
Ethnic Religions 2,626 406 15.5 % 8.1 % 743,435,000 15,187,000 2.0 % 0.8 %
Hinduism 2,492 1,758 70.5 % 35.2 % 1,187,866,000 840,542,000 70.8 % 42.5 %
Islam 4,040 2,487 61.6 % 49.8 % 1,893,296,000 1,082,730,000 57.2 % 54.8 %
Non-Religious 261 2 0.8 % 0.0 % 999,997,000 24,000 0.0 % 0.0 %
Other / Small 140 114 81.4 % 2.3 % 59,388,000 19,592,000 33.0 % 1.0 %
Unknown 31 5 16.1 % 0.1 % 8,835,000 11,000 0.1 % 0.0 %
Totals:  8 17,409 4,996 28.7 % 100.0 % 7,838,042,000 1,976,018,000 25.2 % 100.0 %

Frontier Peoples Counts by Religion
Frontier Peoples Population by Religion


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