Frequently Asked Questions

"And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations."

Mark 13:10

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For strategic purposes, a people group is the largest group through which the gospel can flow without encountering significant barriers of understanding and acceptance. For a more technical description .... click here.

Diaspora People  refers to ...

"... the dispersion of any people from their original homeland. They are often found first-hand in many urban areas throughout world as cities become more diverse ... socially, ethnically, and linguistically. Specifically, they come as immigrants, refugees, or international students. Diaspora do life in two places: the country that they presently reside and also  maintain ties with their homeland through a variety of means not necessarily in combination (e.g. political, social, economic, emotional, etc.)."

Reaching the Nations: People that Change the World by Bryan K. Galloway

Make Disciples involves fulfilling the missionary task among diaspora people, which includes the following six components ... (1) Entry, (2) Evangelism, (3) Disciple Making, (4) Healthy Church Formation, (5) Indigenous Leadership Development, (6) Exit to Partnership

For a more detailed explanation of the six core missionary tasks, see International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

An Evangelical Christian is a person who believes that Jesus Christ is the sole source of salvation through faith in Him, has personal faith and conversion with regeneration by the Holy Spirit, recognizes the inspired Word of God as the only basis for faith and Christian living, and is committed to biblical preaching and evangelism that brings others to faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, an Evangelical church is a church that is characterized by these same beliefs and principles. data comes from a variety of sources. It comes from Census data comes from the 5-Year US American Community Survey (ACS) Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home and the Canada Census Language Most Often Spoken at Home and Foreign Born.

The majority of information on comes from local initiatives, people who desire to make known people group needs in their locale. These people are the main backbone of the initiative, as they serve as editors, moderators, and administrators.

We welcome your sending us any new people groups or points of interest you have discovered in your geographical locale. Use the Contact form and let us know.

Yes. We just ask that you credit the information. When referring to this information, please include the following:

"This information was provided by The Initiative - /."

PLEASE NOTE: The Initiative and its related website (/) is used, produced, marketed, and copyrighted under exclusive legal rights of the IMB.  Hence, in no way may you reproduce any of its contents for the purpose of selling or monetizing any of its contents therein.

A word of caution: This information has been collected from multiple sources and is continuously subject to adjustments and refinements based upon the highly dynamic nature of today’s migratory environment and the advance of the Gospel. This information is shared with others on the condition that the user assumes all risks incident to reliance and has the right to make an independent assessment of its accuracy and reliability.  This information is provided for the intended use only.

Go to the How to Use this Site page to learn how to search people groups, metro areas, or points of interest.

The people group may be listed under another name. Try searching using an alternate name. If you still can't find it, use the Contact form to let us know. Provide as much information as you can, along with your sources. We will review the information submitted and evaluate the data as appropriate. In some cases, someone may contact you for additional information.

As you use, you might find that some changes are needed; we welcome your observations and suggestions. We prefer firsthand, well-documented information whenever possible. Our intent is to populate with people groups and points of interest within your geographical locale. Once we receive your feedback on a point of interest or people group we will contact you.

The ROP3 Code stands for the Registry of Peoples 3 Code and is the lowest level, the ethno-linguistic people groups level, within the Registry of Peoples Code Set.  The Code Set itself is a comprehensive set of codes for linking information from various major people group lists, including those found on Thus, the ROP3 Code is an essential tool for facilitating the exchange, comparison, and evaluation of people group information from disparate sources.

"Affinity Blocs" are large groupings of related peoples that share similar origins, languages and cultures. "People Clusters" are a smaller grouping of peoples within an Affinity Bloc, often with a common name or identity, but separated from one another by political boundaries, language or migration patterns.

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.

A people group is unengaged when there is no church planting strategy, consistent with Evangelical faith and practice, under implementation ; in this respect, a people group is not engaged when it has been merely adopted, is the object of focused prayer, or is part of an advocacy strategy. The following three markers represent the status of people groups on

   No Longer Unreached

   Engaged yet Unreached

   Unengaged and Unreached

Points of Interest (POIs) are geographical locations where one may encounter diaspora people within the North American context. tracks the following types of Points of Interest ...

Point of Interest Markers

Buddhist Temple

Consulate / Embassy

Ethnic Apartment / Neighborhood

Ethnic Association

Ethnic Business

Ethnic Market / Grocery

Ethnic Restaurant

Hindu Temple

Islamic Mosque

Jewish Synagogue

Other Sacred Point of Interest

Refuge Agency

Shinto Shrine

Ethnic School/Institution

Jain Temple

Sikh Temple

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"After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb."
(Revelation 7:9, NIV)
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