QUESTION From: DN@XC.Org (David Nesmith) I have been asked for the number of people in the world who (1) have never heard the name of Jesus Christ, and (2) have never heard a presentation of the Gospel sufficient to make a rational decision for or against...

ANSWER From: Justin Long <GEM@XC.Org> ..answer to question #1 is 1,121,842,000. That also happens to be the answer to question #2, now that I look at it.

ANSWER From: Cody Watson <71153.1545@CompuServe.COM> ..The January issue of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research probably has the best figures, put together by David Barrett. [Justin Long, quoted above, works with David Barrett at GEM--NW] They are estimates, but very educated ones. His figures for 1996 [were quoted in the 27 Aug 96 Q&A on this conference--NW] can be sure the vast majority of Muslim and Hindus [Totalling 1,920,070,000 on that list--NW] have not heard enough of the gospel to make an intelligent decision.

But rather than talk of number, people groups is most helpful. The USCWM uses 10,000 unreached people groups. Joshua 2000 has a list of 1700 least evangelized peoples, each 10,000 plus in population. People groups can be examined for which have an indigenous witnessing community. What I often use is 2 billion that have not had the opportunity, using a Caleb skit I saw years ago. [Which is based on Ralph Winter's estimates-NW]


ANSWER From: Cody Watson" <71153.1545@CompuServe.COM> From the book "100 Gateway Cities" and the article by Fred Markert: The world population can be divided into 3 segments: 1 Christian world 1.87 billion
2. Evangelized non Chjristian world...50% evangelized 2.52 billion
3. Unevangelized world 1.9 billion
However the figures come out be nearly 500,000 more people than current estimates suggest.


There are 507 tribes recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Top six states: AK, CA, OK, WA, NM, AZ.
Tribes range in size from 170,000 Navajos to bands with less than 20 enrolled members.
75% of the tribes have populations of less than 2,000
The 1990 census revealed 1.7 million Native Americans in the U.S.
There are 278 Indian reservations in the USA, ranging in size from the 15 million acre Navajo reservation to cultural centers located on a few acres.
Approximately 25% of Native Americans live on reservations, while the rest have migrated to cities.
An estimated 100 tribes are still considered unreached.
Few tribes have what could be considered an indigenous, contextualized, reproducing church.
Source: AmeriTribes, P.O. Box 3717, Flagstaff, AZ 86003 <>


QUESTION From: Jason Butler <> One of the best ways I've known to explain to local churches the breakdown of unreached peoples is to give the following stats: Muslims - 4000 groups Tribals - 3000 groups Hindus - 2000 groups Chinese - 1000 groups Buddhists-1000 groups However, I'm afraid these numbers are no longer correct. Does anyone have a current and simple way of categorizing the remaining 10-11,000 unreached people groups?

ANSWER From: The numbers the USCWM is using at this time to breakdown the 10,000 approximate frontier "breakthroughs" needed are: 3,400 Muslims 2,100 Tribals 1,800 Hindus 900 Han Chinese 900 Buddhists 900 Other

ANSWER From: <> David Barrett gives [statistics] in his January article, "Status of Global Mission, 1996, in Context of 20th and 21st Centuries" Found in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research... He seems to update this every January. These numbers are not exact, for who can be exact on a head count when so many people are found in particular unreached people groups. However, the numbers are fairly good and they are the ones that we use here at the AIMS office.
Muslims 1,126,995,000
Nonreligious 876,448,000
Hindus 793,075,000
Buddhists 326,056,000
Atheists 222,195,000
New-Religionists 123,048,000
Tribal Religionists 99,896,000
Sikhs 19,647,000
Jews 13,858,000
Non-Christians(World A&B) 3,848,892,000


*40% of the world's 220 heads of state once studied in the U.S.
*60% of internationsl students come from countries of the 10/40 Window
*70% of international students will never enter an American home
*Approximately 50,000 of the 554.000 students are being reached by ministry
>From a new brochure by International Students Inc. <>


QUESTION From: (John Hannah) Every Sunday morning this month, as part of our church's effort at praying through the Window, we're taking ten minutes to pray (in small groups) for some specific peoples in the 10/40 window. So far we've prayed for some Muslims and Hindus, and on October 26 we'll pray for Buddhists. This coming Sunday we want to focus on Atheists. I'm having difficulty finding any good material describing unreached Atheistic people groups. I primarily think of North Korea, plus I'm sure there some groups in China and Central Asia . . . but most of our UPG resources describe these peoples as being Muslim, Animistic or Buddhist. Am I missing something?

ANSWER From: <> David Bogosian <>, in his 28 Dec 1997 Frontier Mission Update, gave some good information on Non-Religions people (a better term than Atheist). He says, "There are 1.05 Billion non-religious people in the world today. Growing from less than 1% of the world's population at the turn of this century, the effects of secularism represent the most phenomenal development in the history of religion. 85% of the world's non-religious are a direct result of Communist influence, 70% in China alone." David follows that with a list of the non-religious populations of 188 countries.

ANSWER From: Mike Clinton <> Unfortunately, I don't have a great answer for you! (nice way to start, huh?) However, I think that I can put in about 2 cents worth. First of all, I think that most of us believe that there really is no such thing as a true athiest. In North Korea, they have a messiah figure in Kim Il Sung (dead president guy). In China that figure was Mao for a long time and now has moved into materialism for many people. The focus of thoughts, dreams, desires.. those are what we believe in. Following that thought, each athiest would be described differently. No god? What do you worship? what is #1 in your life? those questions should be asked to so-called athiests. I think that we would find that most do have something in the "idol" position, something that is above everything else.