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Pray Until Something Happens!

Trusting fully in God through Jesus Christ and learning to trust Him more, we commit to engage 40* new unreached places, populations and people groups by 2024. A goal this big, this impossible is worthy of God and will demand sacrificial prayer. Would you to join us in a concerted prayer initiative for the engagement of our new unreached groups? What part will you play in changing the spiritual destiny of these nations?

Below are the groups we have identified. (*We have more than 40 on the list...) Soon, we will post more detailed information.

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Swahili Muslims of Burundi

Photo by Lucian Rizzello, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Population: 14,000
0% are followers of Jesus
Background:

The word “Swahili” came from the Arabic word for coast, and the language is spoken through much of East Africa. The Swahili Muslims of Burundi are economically well off by African standards. Although being Muslim is engrained into their identity, the Swahili Muslims of Burundi hold to some of their pre-Islamic animistic beliefs

Prayer Request:

Pray that their hearts would be open to hearing about Jesus.

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Swahili Muslims of DRCongo

Photo by Lucian Rizzello, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Population: 57,000
4% are followers of Jesus
Background:

The word “Swahili” came from the Arabic word for coast, and the language is spoken through much of East Africa. The Swahili Muslims of DRC are economically well off by African standards. Although being Muslim is engrained into their identity, the Swahili Muslims of DRC hold to some of their pre-Islamic animistic beliefs

Prayer Request:

Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Swahili of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Turkana of Ethiopia

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Population: 56,000
3% are followers of Jesus
Background:

Pray for open doors for Turkana Follows of Christ from Kenya to share with their brothers and sisters across the border in Ethiopia, and pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Turkana of Ethiopia

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Orma of Kenya

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Population: 96,000
0.04% are followers of Jesus
Background:

The Orma live in round, wood-frame huts and raise cattle, goats and sheep in the Tana River Delta of southeast Kenya. Some members of this Muslim group have heard of Jesus through the Koran.

Prayer Request:

Pray the Jesus Film and a complete Bible translation in the Orma language, and pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Orma. Pray also for continued peace between the Orma and neighboring people groups.

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Segeju of Kenya

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Population: 600
0% are followers of Jesus
Background:

The Segeju have a communal society and raise coconuts, cassava, rice, and other fruit and vegetables, although younger members of the group have traded agriculture for city life in Mombasa. They are Sunni Muslim but hold to some pre-Islamic beliefs

Prayer Request:

Pray for spiritual hunger among Segeju elders and for a Disciple Making Movement among the Segeju. Pray also for Christian resources in the Segeju language

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Burji of Kenya

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Population: 39,000
10% are followers of Jesus
Background:

For over 400 years, the Burji were renowned as skilled farmers in an arid region of Southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya. Following the Ethiopian Civil War in the 1970s, many Burji fled to and settled in Kenya. While most Burji are Sunni Muslims, 10% are Christians and 5% practice folk religion.

Prayer Request:

Pray a Disciple Making Movement among the Burji in Kenya.

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Somalis in Nairobi of Kenya

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Population: 100,000
0.11% are followers of Jesus
Background:

There are 2.8 million Somalis in Kenya, and over 100,000 in Nairobi, living in tight-knit Somali communities.

Prayer Request:

Pray that the Holy Spirit would soften hearts so that Somalis would be receptive to the Gospel. Pray also that extremist groups would lose their appeal to Somali-Kenyan youth.

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Swahili Muslims of Malawi

Photo by Lucian Rizzello, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Population: 3,900
0% are followers of Jesus
Background:

The word “Swahili” came from the Arabic word for coast, and the language is spoken through much of East Africa. The Swahili Muslims of Malawi are economically well off by African standards. Although being Muslim is engrained into their identity, the Swahili Muslims of Malawi hold to some of their pre-Islamic animistic beliefs.

Prayer Request:

Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Swahili of the Malawi.

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Y@o of Mozambique

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Population: 208,000
1.4% are followers of Jesus
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Makua Meetto of Mozambique

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Population: 1,296,000
3% are followers of Jesus
Background:

At one time, some Makua women wore a white face mask to indicate their single marital status, but it is also useful in treating acne and protecting the skin.

Prayer Request:

Pray that God will use the Makua believers to share Christ with their own people. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Makua-Meeto.

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Makonda of Mozambique

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Population: 583,000
5% are followers of Jesus
Background:

The Makonde make a living by growing maize, sorghum and cassava and by fishing. Although they outwardly practice Islam, they hold to animistic beliefs. They venerate their ancestors and are known for their wood carvings of their family trees.

Prayer Request:

Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Makonde.

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Makua Shirima of Mozambique

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Population: 810,000
20% are followers of Jesus
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Zaghawa of Sudan

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Population: 239,000
0.05% are followers of Jesus
Background:

Seen as "Arab" by other sub-saharan tribes and as "African" by Arabs, the Zaghawa have been caught up in the conflict in Darfur. The Zaghawa is a powerful group in neighboring Chad, but in Darfur, many live in refugee camps.

Prayer Request:

Pray for openness to the Gospel, that the few Zaghawa followers of Christ would share, and for a Disciple Making Movement among the Zaghawa.

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Makua-Meeto of Tanzania

Photo by Steve Evans, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr
Population: 686,000
8% are followers of Jesus
Background:

At one time, some Makua women wore a white face mask to indicate their single marital status, but it is also useful in treating acne and protecting the skin.

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Makonde of Tanzania

Photo by Ton Rulkens - Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Population: 1,902,000
9% are followers of Jesus
Background:

The Makonde make a living by growing maize, sorghum and cassava and by fishing. Although they outwardly practice Islam, they hold to animistic beliefs. They venerate their ancestors and are known for their wood carvings of their family trees.

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Digo of Tanzania

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Population: 259,000
0.5% are followers of Jesus
Background:

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Digo experienced a time of great famine. It became a common practice for them to give either themselves or their children as kore, or "blood money," to serve as temporary collateral for a loan of food. Sadly, there were many times when the debt could not be redeemed, thus leaving them to live as slaves. Many of the Digo who were brought to Mombasa as slaves later obtained their freedom by converting to Islam.

Prayer Request:

Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Digo of Tanzania.

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Segeju of Tanzania

Photo by Halitz, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Population: 21,000
0.03% are followers of Jesus
Background:

The Segeju have a communal society and raise coconuts, cassava, rice, and other fruit and vegetables, although younger members of the group have traded agriculture for city life in Mombasa. They are Sunni Muslim but hold to some pre-Islamic beliefs

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Zaramo of Tanzania

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Population: 1,323,000
3% are followers of Jesus
Background:

Most Zaramo live in the countryside surrounding Dar es Salaam and earn livings as farmers. They practice a mixture of Islam and folk religion.

Prayer Request:

Pray for spiritual strongholds to be broken and for Zaramo to be receptive to hearing about Jesus.

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Ndengereko of Tanzania

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Population: 90,000
2% are followers of Jesus
Background:

The Ndengereko live in the coastal area south of Dar Es Salaam and make their living farming, as small business owners or as guides for national parks. The few Ndengereko Christians face persecution.

Prayer Request:

Pray for Ndengereko Followers of Christ will remain strong. Pray for a movement to Christ among this people group.

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Swahili of Tanzania

Photo by Lucian Rizzello, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Population: 83,000
1% are followers of Jesus
Background:

Global Teams Tanzania has just finished training new field partners to go to the Coastal Swahili, the largest unreached people group in Tanzania. They will be working cross-culturally with this Muslim group of 760,000 to share about Jesus as they become a part of the life of this community.

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Y@o of Tanzania

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Population: 651,000
2% are followers of Jesus
Background:

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Ik of Uganda

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Population: 13,000
85% are followers of Jesus
Background:

The Ik are located in northeastern Uganda in the hills near Kidepo Valley National Park. They are primarily subsistence farmers.

Prayer Request:

GT has held medical outreach missions in the Karamoja area. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Ik as well as for their health and financial well being.

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Dodoth of Uganda

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Population: 899,000
30% are followers of Jesus
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Prayer Request:

GT has held medical outreach missions in the Karamoja area. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Dodoth.

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Kampala Muslims of Uganda

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Population: 269,000
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Aringa of Uganda

Photo by Peter Andresile, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Population: 668,000
1.8% are followers of Jesus
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Comorans of Comoros/Mayotte

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Population: 1,074,000
0.6% are followers of Jesus
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Gauda, Gowadulu of India

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Population: 2,392,000
0.08% are followers of Jesus
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Gavadi, Gavada of India

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Population: TBD
Followers of Jesus: Unknown
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Golla, Yadav of India

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Population: 162,000
0% are followers of Jesus
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Kuruba of India

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Population: 4,821,000
1.04%% are followers of Jesus
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Odde of India

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Population: TBD
TBD% are followers of Jesus
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Vaddar / Voddar / Waddar / KalluVaddar / MannuVaddar of India

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Population: TBD
TBD% are followers of Jesus
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Balija of India

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Population: 1,775,000
0.01% are followers of Jesus
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Reddy of India

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Population: TBD
TBD% are followers of Jesus
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Muthrasi (Mutrasi) of India

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Population: 120,000
0.04% are followers of Jesus
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Arya Vysya of India

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Population: TBD
TBD% are followers of Jesus
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Perika of India

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Population: 57,000
0% are followers of Jesus
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Prayer Request:

Pray for adults and children suffering from various illnesses and that we would minister to them effectively through the food distribution program. Pray for new Discovery Bible Groups among the Perika.

Langove Baloch of Pakistan

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Population: 136,000
0% are followers of Jesus
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Mohammed Hasani Baloch of Pakistan

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Population: TBD
Followers of Jesus: unknown (likely 0%)
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Raisani Baloch of Pakistan

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Population: TBD
Followers of Jesus: unknown (likely 0%)
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Kailash of Pakistan

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Population: 7,000
0.00%% are followers of Jesus
Background:

The Kalash have lived in three valleys of a remote, mountainous region for over 2,000 years. They consider themselves to be descendants of Alexander the Great. Pantheistic nature worshipers, they have refused to convert to Islam and are marginalized.

Prayer Request:

Pray that the Holy Spirit will give GT workers discernment about how to engage this unique and isolated people group.

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Shaikh of Pakistan

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Population: 11,466,000
0% are followers of Jesus
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Bihari of Bangladesh

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Population: 300,000
TBD% are followers of Jesus
Background:

As Urdu speakers, Bihari Muslims are a minority group in Bangladesh. Many do not have citizenship and live in refugee camps.

Prayer Request:

Pray for better living conditions for the Bihari in Bangladesh, and pray that through the Holy Spirit, they would be receptive to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Badri of Bangladesh

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Population: TBD
TBD% are followers of Jesus
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Fakhri of Bangladesh

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Population: TBD
TBD% are followers of Jesus
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Ansari of Bangladesh

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Population: TBD
TBD% are followers of Jesus
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Karakalpak of Aqtau, KZ

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Population: not known
not known% are followers of Jesus
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Turkic Groups of Astrakhan

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Population: not known
not known% are followers of Jesus
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Turkmen of Instanbul

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Population: 1,600
1.5% are followers of Jesus
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Chechen of Chechnya

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Population: 1,453,000
0.01% are followers of Jesus
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Tajik Afghan Refugees of Tajikistan

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Population: 6,775
not known% are followers of Jesus
Background:

In the 19th and early 20th Centuries, many Tajiks (a Persian speaking people group) fled the Russian conquest of their homeland and settled in Afghanistan. Following the takeover of the Taliban in 2021, some Tajik Afghans have fled to Tajikistan and other neighboring countries.

Prayer Request:

Pray that outreach ministries would open doors for Tajik refugees to hear about Jesus for the first time.

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Pashtun Afghan Refugees of United States

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Population: TBD
TBD% are followers of Jesus
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Tajik Afghan Refugees (Dari speaking) of United States

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Population: TBD
TBD% are followers of Jesus
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Join or Lead a Zoom Prayer Group

We want to have a Zoom prayer group for each of the new UP3Gs (people groups, places or populations). You could choose to lead a group or to join. Please complete the form below and a GT staff member will contact you.

Churches: Adopt a UP3G

This is ideally a five-year commitment for churches. Complete the form below and Sheryl Curbow Shaw, GT North America Director will contact you to discuss this opportunity. Read more here: Adopt a Group