The Current State of the World

  • How many Christians are in the world and where are they located?
  • How many other major world religions are there?
  • How many languages are there worldwide?
  • How many international students visit the US annually? 
  • How many missionaries are there and where do they go?
  • Could Christian giving finish the Great Commission? 

Find mission trip research and answers to some of these questions below. Full article, data, & answers linked at bottom of this article excerpt. 

WORLDWIDE

  • Total People Groups: 17,432

UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS

  • Less than 2% Evangelical Christian.
  • Total Unreached People Groups: 7,402
  • Total Population of UPGs: 3.28 billion people
  • Total Percentage of world: UPG’s make up 41.5% of world population

UNEVANGELIZED PEOPLES

  • Greater than 2% Evangelical Christian but still great numbers of unsaved.
  • Total Unevangelized People Groups: 2,960
  • Total Population: 819 million
  • Total Percentage of world: the unevangelized make up 10.5% of world population

REACHED PEOPLES

  • Greater than 2% Evangelical Christian or majority Christian Population
  • Total Reached People Groups: 7,070
  • Total Population: 3.74 billion
  • Total Percentage of world: the reached population makes up 47.7% of world population

WHAT IS THE 10/40 WINDOW?

Most (97%) of the world’s unreached people are located geographically in what some scholars call The 10/40 Window from West Africa across Asia between 10 degrees latitude north of the equator to 40 degrees north.

Total Population in 10/40: 5.22 billion people

Total People Groups in 10/40: 8,875 people groups

Total UPG’s in 10/40: 5,874 Unreached People Groups totaling 2.76 billion people. 41.58% of all individuals

60% of unreached people groups live in countries closed to missionaries from North America.

Over 1,000 unreached people groups are NOT in the 10/40 Window, these total over 82 million individuals.

ALL MISSIONARIES

  • All Missionaries in the World (Catholic, Protestant, etc.): 420,000 foreign missionaries [1]
  • Missionaries in the Reached World : 324,600 foreign missionaries (77.3%) [estimates based on older percentage]
  • Missionaries in the Unevangelized : 81,480 foreign missionaries (19.4%) [estimated]
  • Missionaries in the Unreached : 13,860 foreign missionaries (3.3%) [estimated]
 

30:1

“ROUGHLY THIRTY-TIMES AS MANY MISSIONARIES GO TO REACHED PEOPLE GROUPS TO WORK WITH CHRISTIANS, AS GO TO UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS. FAR LESS GO TO THE FRONTIER PEOPLE GROUPS, WHERE THERE ARE AS YET NO BELIEVERS. – R.W. LEWIS

 

CHRISTIAN WORKERS

  • Full time Christian Workers in the World : 5.5 million workers [2001 Status)
  • Christian workers in the Reached World : 4.19 million local workers (75.9%)
  • Christian workers in the Unevangelized : 1.3 million local workers (23.7%)
  • Christian workers in the Unreached : 20,500 local workers (0.37%)

MISSIONARIES PER RELIGION:

  • Tribals – 714,108,000 population with 11,900 Missionaries: 1 for every 60,000
  • Hindus – 984,532,000 population with 5,500 Missionaries: 1 for every 179,000
  • Unreligious – 831,267,000 population with 11,700 Missionaries: 1 for every 71,000
  • Muslims – 1,703,146,000 population with 4,200 Missionaries: 1 for every 405,500
  • Buddhists – 520,002,000 population with 2,000 Missionaries: 1 for every 260,000

MORE TTT OBSERVATIONS

  • The ratio of UPG workers the total unreached world is: 1 missionary for every 216,300 people.
  • There are 54,000 Evangelical Christians for every one unreached people group.
  • Young people have traditionally led the way in going and there are roughly 21 million university students (2014).

CONCLUSION

Is God to blame for not “Calling” People to Missions?

If everyone is obeying God’s “calling” to be a missionary wherever they are then God is calling 99.9995% of people to work among the 44.3% of the world population that already has the gospel, and calling virtually no one (.0005%) to relocate among the other 55.7% of the world population that are not Christian. You have a better chance of being in a plane crash than being one of the few missionaries to the unreached out of the total 2 billion Christians in the world.

In light of God’s word, this seems unfathomable and it appears to be almost complete disobedience on the part of the Church worldwide to go make disciples of all the nations. Financially we are hoarding 99.99% of our income to ourselves and what little is given is mostly directed toward reached people groups.

The current status quo is to do virtually nothing to reach the UPG’s of the world. The percentages of man-power and money focused on UPG’s are almost undetectable they are so small. The amount of resources that fall off the Christian table for unreached peoples is more comparable (I Googled it…) with the number of skin cells you lose over a month’s time: something hardly worth calling a sacrifice of the body.

Originally posted on our site in January, 2022. This is an excerpt from The Traveling Team, used with permission. To view all the data, maps, & sources, visit their stats page here. They try to keep data updated as much as possible. 

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