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Great Commission Statistics

Statistics are generated from the Joshua Project database.
Other sources may differ somewhat.
  • Global
  • Peoples
  • Languages
  • Religions

Global Statistics

Peoples-by-Country Individuals
All People Groups 16,962 7.47 billion
Unreached People Groups 7,042 3.14 billion
% Unreached Peoples 41.5 % 42.0 %
10/40 Window Total 8,593 4.95 billion
10/40 Window Unreached 5,901 3.05 billion
10/40 Window % Unreached 68.7 % 61.6 %
Affinity Blocs 17
People Clusters 255
People Groups (without reference to Countries) 10,183
Unreached People Groups (without reference to Countries) 4,343
Countries 238
Languages 7,106

Challenging Mission Facts

  • Of the 16,962 people groups by country, 7,042 are still considered unreached.
  • 9,920 people groups by country are not considered unreached, totaling 4,330,125,000 individuals, or about 58% of the world's population.
  • Of the 16,962 total people groups, 7,042 are identified as unreached using Joshua Project criteria, totaling 3,141,784,000 individuals. Of these 7,042 groups, 5,901 are in 10/40 Window countries. That means 84% of all unreached people groups are in the 10/40 Window.
  • 1,141 of the unreached groups are NOT in the 10/40 Window, totaling 95,411,000 individuals. These groups are relatively accessible to the Gospel.
  • Of the 7,042 Unreached people groups, about 3,076 (44%) are small groups under 10,000 in population (or population unknown) and all these groups total less than 8,000,000 individuals. Of the remaining 3,966 unreached groups, about 1,589 are under 50,000 in population. That leaves 2,377 Unreached groups 50,000 and over in population. A vibrant church in a large group may take the gospel to a number of smaller satellite people groups that have ethnic similarities.

People Group Facts

  • The traditional way missiologists identify people groups is by counting each group once per country of residence. Using this method, there are 16,962 people groups, of which 7,042 are considered unreached. Joshua Project data also allows a view of people groups without reference to country boundaries where ethnicities are counted only once. There are 10,183 ethnic people groups (without reference to countries) identified in the Joshua Project database with 4,343 considered unreached.
  • There are 8,014 people groups with fewer than 10,000 individuals; in addition there are 245 for which no population has been reported (but the population is probably small). For all these small groups, the total number of individuals is less than 22,000,000, meaning that 49% of the 16,962 people groups contain only a tiny fraction of the world's population.
  • The largest unreached group is the Shaikh, with over 215,000,000 individuals.
  • The Mandarin Chinese is the largest people group, being in 82 countries with a total of about 800,000,000 individuals, and with 783,000,000 of those in China.
  • Jews are found in 126 countries, Arabs in 130 countries, and Chinese groups in 127 countries.
  • India has the largest number of ethnic people groups with about 2,500 in the Joshua Project database. (The number of people groups in India varies greatly depending on the researcher and how the term "people group" is defined. On a pure linguistic basis there are about 330 to 350 "people groups" in India. Other lists may treat certain sub-groups as full people groups, raising the totals for India. For further information about why Joshua Project includes caste when defining a people group, click here.
  • Papua New Guinea is the runner-up in number of people groups, at 878. Interestingly, the largest group of these 878 has only 816,000 in population. The total population of the country is only 6,460,000, yet there are nearly 900 people groups. Indonesia (768) and Nigeria (521) follow Papua New Guinea.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, South Korea only has seven people groups, with a country population of 48,400,000.
  • There are over 830 languages/dialects spoken in Papua New Guinea. There are less than 30 languages/dialects spoken in Japan, which has a population over 25 times as large as Papua New Guinea. The diversity of Papua New Guinea and the homogeneity of Japan!
  • In India, one people group (the Gond) speaks 96 languages. 1,656 groups (out of the total of 2,500) speak more than one language.
  • Of the 16,962 people groups in the Joshua Project database, 19% speak more than one language ignoring dialects, and 27% if dialects are included.
  • One people group in India (Nai), has 70 alternate names. 9,000 of the over 16,000 total peoples-by-country have more than one alternate people name.

Language Facts

  • There are approximately 7,100 total languages in the world, about 900 of which are considered dying per the Ethnologue. Approximately 2,800 languages have some or all of the Bible.
  • Of the world's approximately 7,100 languages, 4,375 have at least one of the following: Bible portions, the Jesus Film, Christian radio, or Gospel recordings. Total speakers of these languages is 6,200,000,000, which represents over 95% of the world's population.
  • About 4,300 languages are without Scripture portions available, with some 615,000,000 speakers. Translation projects are in progress in an estimated 1,600 languages that currently are without adequate Scriptures. There are about 2,000 languages needing Bible translation work to begin.
  • There are 1,848 languages with the Jesus film available and 6,336 with Gospel recordings available. 2,525 languages have none of these resources available, with about 306,000,000 speakers.
  • 90% of the world's people, if they have an internet cafe and the funds, can hear the gospel in a language they understand.
  • There is a 90% chance that a foreign Christian meeting a non-believer overseas could find a gospel recording on-line and give it as a gift to any non-believer they meet and it would be understood.
  • Only 5% of the world's people speak a language that does not yet have a Gospel recording.
  • Approximately 750 languages have a recorded New Testament available online, and this number continues to increase fairly rapidly.

Religion Facts

Songhai, Humburi of Burkina Faso
Population:  11,000
Status: Unreached
Namassej of Bangladesh
Population:  3,272,000
Status: Unreached
Sindhi of United States
Population:  5,900
Status: Unreached
Brunei Malay of Brunei
Population:  183,000
Status: Unreached
Aweer of Kenya
Population:  9,000
Status: Unreached
Bhotia Sikkim of Bhutan
Population:  6,200
Status: Unreached
Luoluopo, Southeastern of China
Population:  46,000
Status: Unreached
Sogwo Arig of China
Population:  48,000
Status: Unreached
Berber, Rif of Morocco
Population:  1,511,000
Status: Unreached
Kahar (Hindu traditions) of India
Population:  8,062,000
Status: Unreached

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