Next to India, China is also a great challenge for reaching the Unreached People Groups. In fact, according to Finishing the Task, there are 58 Unengaged People Groups in China and none in India. What is the difference between an Unreached People Group and an Unengaged People Group?
While there are minor differences in the definition of these groups, here are descriptions I have put together that might help clarify the terms.
· Unengaged People Group – A group of people bound together by language, culture and ethnic ties, with no Christian witness or missionaries, no Bible (or portion of the Bible) translated into their language, and no church.
· Unreached People Group - A group of people bound together by language, culture and ethnic ties, with less than 2% of the population as followers of Jesus.
With those definitions in mind, consider the need in China. Remember the challenge I raised yesterday regarding India, that we need to awaken the indigenous church to realize its responsibility to proclaim the gospel to their own. As you read the follow statistics, pray for China and ask God to raise up godly persons to train indigenous leaders who will train others to be faithful in fulfilling the task of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2).
· Number of People Groups in China = 545
· Number of Unreached People groups = 445 (81.7%)
· Total population of China = 1,401,456,000
· Population of the Unreached People Groups = 146,230,000 (10.4%)
· Largest Religion = Ethnic Religions
· Population Professing Christianity = 9.2%
· Unengaged People Groups = 58
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