This year we are going to do something new in our efforts to pray for the nations and the unreached. Every month in 2021 we will be praying for a people group somewhere in the world, but we will also be praying for our own BBC global workers who live and work among that people group! This will be an incredible way for us to support our global workers and for you to get to know who they are.
January 2021: Refugees in Nashville
Global Workers: Bereket & Becca; Drew & Maury
Bereket was born in Ethiopia and adopted by an American family as a child. He has been working with Trek-X for the past few years, living among and sharing the gospel regularly with refugees. He and Becca were married in 2019, and this past year experienced the tragic loss of their first daughter during childbirth. Needing time to heal, combined with Covid-19, put a delay on their plans to move back to Ethiopia full time, but plans are back on track now for 2021. Please pray for them as they continue to minister and prepare to go serve overseas in the coming year.
Drew has also served with Trek-X, living and working among refugees for the past few years. He and Maury are still newlyweds, and they are making plans to move to the Middle East sometime later this year. Pray for them as they begin learning a new language and making preparations to serve overseas. And, continue to pray that they will make a kingdom impact on the international community here in Middle TN.
Middle Tennessee Stats:
- There are approximately 250,000 internationals in Middle Tennessee.
- There are 91 people groups living within the Middle Tennessee area.
- Tennessee has 42 people groups which are considered to be unreached.
- The largest population of Kurdish people living outside the Middle East (40,000+) are living in Middle Tennessee.
- People groups represented in Middle Tennessee are Hispanic (155,000+), Arabic (30,000+), Somali (10,000+), Chinese/Taiwanese (11,000+), Vietnamese (9,000+), Indian (24,000+ and expected to double in the next 10 years), Bhutanese (8,000+), Japanese (3000+), Burmese/Nepali (10,000+), Russians, Turkish, Iranians, Bosnians, Western Europeans, Australian, Haitians, Pakistanis, Laotians, Koreans, and over 10,000 from African nations.
- 13% of the population in Middle Tennessee are foreign-born.
- The three largest non-Christian faiths represented are Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.
- There are 135 languages spoken in Middle Tennessee.
- There are 1.8 million people in Middle Tennessee who are unchurched, and 750,000 who are unaffiliated with any religion.
- The estimated number of new churches needed to keep up with the population growth is 100 per year.
Ways To Pray:
- Pray for the nations to encounter the love of Christ through partnerships and relationships built with the local church body in Middle Tennessee.
- Pray for holistic healing for thousands who have encountered traumatic life-threatening experiences before arriving to the United States.
- Pray for many to come to Christ as Lord and Savior and receive the abundant and eternal life found only through Him.
- Pray for cooperative efforts between churches, ministries, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations designed to engage the international community of Middle Tennessee.
- Pray for your personal involvement in befriending an international family.
- Pray for your personal engagement in a ministry reaching out to the people groups living in Middle Tennessee.
- Pray for your local church body to seize the opportunity God is giving us in sharing the gospel through love and good works.
PRAYING FOR UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
A people group is defined as an ethno-linguistic group with a common self-identity that is shared by the various members. For strategic purposes it is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance.
A people group is considered unreached (UPG) when there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage this people group with church planting. Technically speaking, the percentage of evangelical Christians in this people group is less than 2 percent. South Asia has the largest unreached people group population with 1.5 billion people who have little to no access to the gospel. Of the 11,741 people groups in the world (7.4 billion people), 7,024 are unreached (4.3 billion people).
Unreached people groups are unengaged (UUPG) when there is no church planting strategy, consistent with evangelical faith and practice, under way. Gathering believers and planting churches are the keys to establishing an effective and multiplying presence among these people groups. There are approximately 220 million people worldwide who are unreached and unengaged.
Please join us as we pray for unreached people groups each month. Pray that God will raise up laborers to take the gospel to these parts of the world. Pray for the truth of Christ to overcome the darkness.
WHAT IS A PEOPLE GROUP?
Members of a people group share the same ethnic identity. They typically have a common language, a common religion, and a common history. People groups often cross political borders and live in more than one country.
WHAT IS AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP?
A people group is considered unreached when there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage this people group with church planting. Typically the percentage of Evangelical Christians is less than 2%.
HOW MANY UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS ARE THERE?
There are 11, 747 People Groups totaling 7.3 billion people in the world.
There are 7,037 Unreached People Groups totaling 4.3 billion people.