Research Information and Networking on Unreached People Groups


List compiled by Marti Smith, Caleb Project, May 1998 msmith@cproject.com


1. Volunteer as much information as possible, in order to motivate and assist the networker as they try to help you. They need to know what you want and why, what you've already found and who you've already talked to. Avoid requests like, "I'm trying to learn about the xxxxx people. Please send me all your information." Understand that you may not be given names and contact information, but requested to leave your name and contact information wit the networker so he or she can pass it on to the contact instead.

2. Aim for personal contact, not just information. A phone call is often more effective in building trust and facilitating the flow of information than an e-mail. Face to face contact is best. However, respect the time of the person helping you and be willing to accommodate their schedule and wait.

3. Respect privacy and security concerns. Don't send e-mail with missions language to those in sensitive fields; if you have any doubt, write a short non-threatening note first and ask what things are acceptable to discuss. Accept referrals to someone with whom you might be able to discuss your interest more openly. Make sure you what is OK to pass on to others or publish, and what should be kept to yourself. Don't make assumptions.

4. Communicate respect for the other person's time and priorities. Be careful not to give the impression that you expect your new friend to drop everything else and operate on your schedule. Those living overseas, especially, may not get back to you for weeks or months. Ask them if there is someone else you should contact instead.

5. Be sensitive to levels of credibility. Those who track information and networks for the whole world may lack credible information on your area of the world; try to find regional experts rather than global ones. Unfortunately, the most knowledgeable people and often the ones least available, and the most available people are those least knowledgeable. Practice grace and patience, and expect to find some misinformation.


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List compiled by Marti Smith, Caleb Project, May 1998 msmith@cproject.com ***Please don't base your research project on web sources alone; the internet is quick and easy, but contains much misinformation. Also, this list is far from exhaustive, but most of these pages have links to many others, so it should get you rolling!***

1. Caleb Project <www.calebproject.org> From the front page, take a look at "Unreached Peoples," "Nance Profiles" and "Praying Through the Window" for hundreds of unreached people profiles, and links to others.

2. Bethany Unreached People Profiles <www.bethany-wpc.org/profiles/home> A collection of more than 1000 people group profiles including prayer requests, maps and pictures.

3. AD2000 Movement <www.ad2000.org> statistical and contact information for the people groups listed on the Joshua Project List, plus information about how your church can "adopt" a people group successfully.

4. People Group Consultant <www.brigada.org> Use Brigada's PGC to uncover places on the web with information about your people group!

5. Christian Missions Homepage <www.sim.org> Among the best features of this SIM site are its up-to-date links to other mission sites on the web and e-mail addresses for mission agencies.

6. Fingertip's Mission Opportunities Database <www.netaccess.on.ca/~sma> Find out who might be working in a paticular area or ministry in which you have an interest.

7. Lonely Planet Travel Guide <www.lonelyplanet.com> Fascinating reports from tourists and advice for travellers going to all corners of the earth, plus pictures, make this website valuable for information gathering.

8. National Geographic Online <www.nationalgeographic.com/media/ngm> Although the website is not very complete, what it is has is quite helpful. Also see if your local school or library has the CD-ROM with National Geographic's complete archives!

9. For headier stuff, try GMI's Mission Research Web Sites List <www.gmi.org/researchwebsites> and Create Intl's Worldview Research Tool-Kit <www.iinet.net.au/~createit/ResearchLinks>

10. The Ethnologue <www.sil.org/ethnologue/ethnologue>. A catalog of the world's languages including information on alternate names, number of speakers, location, dialects, linguistic affiliation, and other sociolinguistic and demographic information.

11. The Global Research Office of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board has an extensive database of missions information, including the Integrated Strategic Planning Database, Global Evangelization Model, Status of Global Evangelization, Annual Report, and Church Growth Strategy Studies at <www.imb.org/ooo/globalres>.

12. The Jesus Film language list: Find out if this highly successful evangelistic tools is available in your favorite people's language at <www.jesusfilm.org/languages>

13. Use your Web browsers to find many others. Type in the name of the people group, country, city, or language and see where it takes you! If you have an online provider whose homepage includes travel, news, or educational links, start with these.

Check Your Library for These Favorite Secular Publications

* Lonely Planet Travel Guides

* Audio-Forum language tapes

* National Geographic

* Asia Week

* Aramco World Magazine

* Encyclopedia Britannica

* Encyclopedia of Mankind

* Encyclopedia of World Cultures



QUESTION: On Friday, 1 August 1997, Rod Story wrote to Brigada-Peoples: Greetings, I am new to this network and unsure of correct procedures. I would like to obtain listings, profiles etc. of urpg IN Indonesia, Fiji, Micronesia, Malaysia, New Caladonia, French Polynesia, Vanuatu, and Marshall Islands. How do I do this?

ANSWER from: Vanilla <vanilla@post1.com> It is as easy as A B C (and E) .... if you know where to look!! *A* is for AD2000 & Beyond Movement -- Information about the Joshua Project 2000 (list of unreached peoples), 10/40 Window, plans for the AD2000 movement in every country and in strategic cities. http://www.ad2000.org

*B* is for Bethany World Prayer Center -- A growing on-line collection of "Unreached Peoples Prayer Profiles" at http://www.bethany-wpc.org/profiles/profile1.html

*C* is for Caleb Project-- A wealth of information and links to other sites, all focused on unreached people groups, least evangelized cities, and the 10/40 Window http://www.calebproject.org/

*E* is for Ethnologue -- This database represents the 13th edition of the Ethnologue, published in 1996. It contains a catalog of the world's languages including information on alternate names, number of speakers, location, dialects, linguistic affiliation, and other sociolinguistic and demographic information. http://www.sil.org/ethnologue/ethnologue.html



QUESTION: Where does one find information about specific unreached people groups?

We have in-depth information on a small number of people groups. (If the one they're researching is not one of those 20 or so, I tell them) I'd suggest you call these 3 agencies to get general information on that people group. Also, if there are agencies working among them, they'll be able to tell you that as well.

1. Bethany World Prayer Center, Baker, LA (a suburb of Baton Rouge) producing prayer guides for the JP2000 people groups 504-774-2000

2. Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse, Box 28000, Chicago, IL 60628, Phone: 708-367-8513

3. AD2000, Colorado Springs, CO Phone: 719-576-2000 http://www.ad2000.org "executive profiles" on JP groups



This is one page to make a bookmark on! Here's a brief summary:

* UPG RESOURCES list-- http://www.gmi.org/research/peoples.htm

* Caleb Project-- http://www.calebproject.org/

* AD2000 & Beyond Movement-- http://www.ad2000.org

* Southern Baptist International Mission Board-- http://www.imb.org/ooo/globalres

* Ethnologue-- http://www.sil.org/ethnologue/ethnologue.html

* Global Evangelization Movement-- http://www.gem-werc.org/index.htm

* Yale Library-- http://www.library.yale.edu/div/electext.htm

* Library of Congress Country Studies-- http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html

* World Factbook 1996-- http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/nsolo/wfb-all.htm

* Scott Moreau's Unreached Peoples-- http://www.wheaton.edu/missions/moreau/unreached.htm

* Brigada-- http://www.brigada.org

* Mission Resource Directory-- http://www.xc.org/helpintl/mrd.htm

* Fields International-- http://www.fields.org/links.htm

* SIM -- http://www.sim.org/other.html

* Summer Institute of Linguistics-- http://www.sil.org/internet/guides.html#indexes

* Student Mission Advance-- http://www.netaccess.on.ca/~sma/research/research.htm

* World Christian Internet Resources-- http://www.xc.org/world-christian.html

* Bethany World Prayer Center-- http://www.bethany-wpc.org/profiles/home.html

* Yahoo!-- http://www.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Religion/Christianity/Organizations/Missions/

* Christianity.Net-- http://www.christianity.net/search/

* GOSHEN Christian Resource Directory-- http://www.goshen.net/

* Gospel Communications Network-- http://www.gospelcom.net

* MAFxc-- http://www.xc.org/cgi-bin/serverlist.cgi

* Mission Forum-- http://diogenes.baylor.edu/WWWproviders/Mission_Forum/welcome.html

* World By 2000-- http://www.wb2000.org/

* African Missions Resource Center-- http://genesis.acu.edu/chowning/africa/africa5.htm

* India Missions Association-- http://www.inmissions.org

* INFOBRASIL-- http://www.infobrasil.org

* US Census Data-- http://geography.miningco.com/msub7.htm



QUESTION From: <G.P.> Does anyone have information on the status of work among the Dungan people (in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan), i.e., whether there is Scripture available in Dungan, anyone working on Bible translation, of churches/other groups working among them, churches that have interest in/have adopted them, etc.

ANSWER From: "Dave Nesmith" <dn@xc.org> Contact People International. I hesitate to state the seemingly obvious but you should contact Keith Butler or Marvin Bowers at AAPC, and Gabriella Araya or Rick Ward at Bethany World Prayer Center. I have copied to brigada-peoples-kazak. Those folks are likely to know something.

People International Phone: 719-583-0132 PO Box 2129 Fax: 719-583-0293 Pueblo, CO 81004 CompuServe: 74152.173

Keith Butler: aapc@xc.org 719-574-7001 Gabriella Araya: upg@bethany.wpc.org 504-774-2000 .or. CompuServe: 102132.52



QUESTION From : Beram Kumar <sbks@pc.jaring.my> Can someone put me in touch with an organization/missionary/church that is focusing on an Unreached People Group in Mongolia AND is able to receive teams (even if just for prayer) AND is ready for "adoption"?

ANSWER From: Bruce Sidebotham <73362.1503@compuserve.com> I know Pioneers and Mission to Unreached Peoples have interest in Monglolia... PIONEERS, 10123 William Carey Dr., Orlando, FL 32827-6020 e-mail: 74511.1250@compuserve.com http://www.pioneers.org

MISSION TO UNREACHED PEOPLES, PO Box 45880, Seattle WA 98145-0880 e-mail: mupinfo@mup.org http://www.mup.org/mupinfo/