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UB Global Unreached People Groups
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While the Gospel is advancing around the world, over 4 in 10 people still belong to an unreached people group. That's over 3 billion souls!

  • Many do not know a Christian and will never have a chance to hear the Good News even once in their life.
  • The local church is too small to reach these people groups without outside help.
  • However, only a tiny fraction (3%) of all global missionaries and missions dollars go toward these people groups!
Will you help us combat this great global injustice?
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Why is this the reality?

There are a variety of reasons why so few missionaries work among the unreached. Here are just a few:

  1. It can be difficult or dangerous to serve among these people groups.
  2. There are difficult cultural or historical factors that make these people groups resistant to the Good News.
  3. It's much easier to send short and long-term mission teams to places where there are already Christian believers and ministries to easily welcome and engage them.
  4. It often takes years, or even decades, to see spiritual fruit; this can make home churches and supporters impatient.
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But what does Jesus command?

(Throughout the Bible, the word for 'nations' generally means people or ethnic groups.)

When asked about when the last days will come, Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:14 that "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all [people groups], and then the end will come." Every people group hearing the Gospel is not necessarily a trigger for Jesus' second return, but a definite prerequisite.

Before He left, Jesus commanded His followers:

  • “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all [people groups], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:18-20)
  • "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

We also see clearly through Apostle John's prophecy that before the unveiling of the new heaven & new earth, "After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands." (Revelation 7:9)

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The call

There are many other references in the Bible, but it is clear that God's desire is for every people group to have the opportunity to know Jesus, no matter how difficult it is to bring it to them.

94% of all unreached peoples are either Buddhist, Hindu, or Muslim. We have avenues for serving among each of them.

Countless believers in past generations have responded courageously, even at the cost of their lives! Will you rise to the challenge and bring the Gospel to the least reached?

How can you get involved?

UB Global has many opportunities for you to get involved in Macau, Thailand, and several other restricted access locations which we can't list online.


Go on a short-term trip, spend 1-12 months, take a gap year, or invest even longer among unreached people groups. Learn More

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Learn how to pray by joining the Prayer Network or receiving regular prayer updates.

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Give to reach the Daoist Macanese, Buddhist ethnic Thai, Oshari, or tribal Muslim Shoptar. Contact us to learn how to give to specific cross-cultural workers serving there.

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Shoptar Work

Learn more about our work among the least-reached tribal Muslim people group.

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Thailand Work

Learn more about our work among the unreached ethnic Thai Buddhists.

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Oshari Work

Learn more about our work among the oppressed Oshari.

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In the Know

Get regular updates about missions efforts among the unreached by signing up for UB Global missions emails.

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In Your Community

God is bringing the unreached to your neighborhoods! Contact us to have a conversation about ways to serve and reach them from right where you are.

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Unreached Spoken Word Video

Watch Sarah and Sam Ward perform a Spoken Word piece about UPGs at National Conference 2023.

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Reaching the Unreached Video

Watch the video from Reality Santa Barbara that was shared during the UB Global Service at National Conference 2023.

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Becoming Aware of the Unreached

Watch the messages from Steve Fish and Frank Yang during the UB Global Service at National Conference 2023.

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UPG Graphics

The pie chart graphics are available for download. (Unreached people groups comprise 42% of the world, or 3.4 billion. Yet a meager 3% of all missionaries serve among them.)

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Christian Comparison WHITE

This chart compares the percentage of people identifying as Christian in selected Unreached People Groups (UPGs) with whom UB Global is engaged versus a few world regions. UPGs are a priority for UB Global because without missionaries, the people in these people groups will likely die without ever having the change to hear about Jesus even once in their lifetimes.

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