“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
— Matthew 24:14 NIV

The phrase "of all nations" is found throughout Scripture, but what does it actually mean? When Scripture speaks of nations, is it referring to the modern day nations-states that appear on our geo-political maps of the world? The New Testament Greek phrase is “panta ta ethne.” The word ethne is very similar to our English word ethnic. So, another way to say this is that the gospel will be preached to all the ethnic peoples or people groups of the world. Ultimately, we see this biblical reality fulfilled in Revelation 7:9-10. As we take a look at the current status of this task we see that all people are equally lost without Jesus, but all people do not have equal access to the message of saving faith through Jesus.

What is a people group?

A people group is the largest group through which the gospel can flow without encountering significant barriers of understanding and acceptance.

There are approximately 11,690 people groups worldwide.

Information provided by The International Mission Board - Global Research

How do we determine if a people group is reached or unreached?

An unreached people group (UPG) is a people group in which less than 2% of the population is Evangelical Christians. Globally, there are approximately 6,400 UPGs.

What is an unreached, unengaged people group (UUPG)?

Unengaged unreached people groups have no coordinated evangelical Christian missionary presence among them. Unengaged unreached people groups have never heard the gospel, or they may have been exposed to the gospel in the past, but have been forgotten.

There are approximately 5,845 UUPG’s worldwide:

See a world map (GSEC) showing the progress of the gospel among Unreached People Groups.

Information provided by The International Mission Board - Global Research

In an “unreached” context (where there is no existing church) the primary concern for The Church at Brook Hills is to establish the church.

The primary means to achieve this goal is by sending Long-Term church planting teams to serve the church.

We prioritize serving with Field Partners and sending Mid-Term and Long-Term workers to “unreached” contexts. We want people to go plant their lives among the nations so the gospel can be heard, disciples can be made, and healthy, multiplying churches can be established.

Currently, The Church at Brook Hills has four International Church Planting Teams in:

Organizations we serve with in “unreached” contexts are:

  • The International Mission Board (IMB)
  • Neverthirst
  • Lifeline
  • Compassion International