What is Urgent?

How is Radical working to get the gospel to the unreached?

We work among the unreached by identifying and coming alongside indigenous believers who are making disciples and multiplying churches in ways that are biblically faithful and practically effective among the hardest to reach peoples and places in the world.

Here are some types of initiatives to reach the unreached that Urgent is fueling:

  • Church Planting
  • Training resources
  • Discipleship Training
  • Evangelism
  • Evangelism tools
  • Literature distribution
  • Translation collaboration
  • Health related projects
  • Clean water initiatives
  • Business as missions
  • Anti-Trafficking efforts
  • Agricultural and environmental initiatives
  • Mobilization efforts
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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

What You Need to Know

Three Urgent Questions

Who are the unreached?

Unreached peoples and places are those among whom Christ is largely unknown and the church is relatively insufficient to make Christ known in its broader population without outside help

What is the most urgent need of the unreached?

The most urgent need of the unreached is to hear and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ so that they can be forgiven of their sins and reconciled to the one and only true living God. Currently, unreached peoples and places have little or no access to the gospel.

Many times, these unreached peoples deal with immense physical needs. While their ultimate need is to hear and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, we also recognize that addressing their physical needs can reveal the love of God in tangible ways that open the door for the gospel.

Why is it so difficult to get the gospel to the unreached?

In addition to their spiritual blindness, unreached peoples and places often suffer behind immense physical barriers that have impeded the progress of the gospel for centuries. Some of these barriers include persecution, poverty, war, famine, political turmoil, geographical isolation, lack of education, lack of medical care, and lack of access to clean drinking water. These barriers, including security concerns, also prevent churches from hearing about and supporting disciple-making efforts among the unreached.

Syria

33.8938° N, 35.5018° E

URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Syria:

  • Church Planting
  • Training
  • Resources
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Radical Urgent

Population: 16,871,000

Climate: mostly desert; hot, dry, sunny summers (June to August) and mild, rainy winters (December to February) along coast; cold weather with snow or sleet periodically in Damascus

Terrain: primarily semiarid and desert plateau; narrow coastal plain; mountains in west.

Environment Issues: deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification; depletion of water resources; water pollution from raw sewage and petroleum refining wastes; inadequate potable water

Ethnic Groups: Arab ~50%, Alawite ~15%, Kurd ~10%, Levantine ~10%, other ~15% (includes Druze, Ismaili, Imami, Nusairi, Assyrian, Turkoman, Armenian).

Languages: Arabic (official), Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, Circassian, French, English.

Government Type: presidential republic; highly authoritarian regime

Literacy Rate
86.4%
Largest Religion
Islam (89.4%)
People Groups
36
Unreached People Groups
17
Population in Unreached
31.8%
Percentage Evangelical Christian
0.19%
Persecution Rating
11

(1=High to 50=Low)


Challenges for Prayer: Syrian Christian minorities enjoy freedom and stability, possibly unparalleled through the Middle East. The Orthodox and Catholic churches existed since before Islam and endure still with many godly members. The majority are Arab, but there is also a large Armenian community. Christians are concentrated in the cities, but finding housing and employment is increasingly challenging due to discrimination. Their proportion steadily declines through continual emigration. Pray against this trend. Thank God for their longstanding presence and the wise leadership of the Christian communities, and pray that these communities might flower again. Pray for renewal in these ancient traditions.

The Protestant presence is small but growing. Most Protestant converts come from Orthodox and Catholic backgrounds. There is an evangelical presence in most cities, but rarely in smaller towns. Growth can only occur if more leaders (ordained and lay) receive theological and leadership training; the signs are that many are willing.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for a swift end to the horrific civil war with people of peace rising to leadership.
  • Pray for Jesus to reveal Himself to the millions of Muslims displaced by the war.
  • Pray for the Church to be protected and expanded amid hostility.

Bhutan

27.4712° N, 89.6339° E

URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Bhutan:

  • Church Planting
  • Discipleship
  • Training
  • Resources
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Radical Urgent

Population: 759,000

Climate: varies; tropical in southern plains; cool winters and hot summers in central valleys; severe winters and cool summers in Himalayas

Terrain: mostly mountainous with some fertile valleys and savanna

Environment Issues: soil erosion; limited access to potable water; wildlife conservation; industrial pollution; waste disposal.

Languages: Sharchhopka 28%, Dzongkha (official) 24%, Lhotshamkha 22%, other 26% (includes foreign languages) (2005 est.)

Government Type: constitutional monarchy

Literacy Rate
64.9%
Largest Religion
Buddhism (87.6%)
People Groups
76
Unreached People Groups
73
Population in Unreached
99.6%
Percentage Evangelical Christian
Unknown
Persecution Rating
33

(1=High to 50=Low)


Challenges for Prayer: Bhutan was effectively closed to all Christian witness until 1965. This was followed by 25 years of slight relaxation, during which Indian and other expatriate NGOs were able to witness. Since 1990, restrictions have increased. The spread of Christian witness and the potentially “destabilizing” effects on society of proselytism and Western-style democracy are the pretexts for harsh treatment of Christians. Pray for the growth of the Church in this land.

Christians are denied religious freedom and are persecuted in various ways. Church buildings are forbidden in all but a very few cases; most fellowships must meet in homes. Bhutanese who become Christian face the loss of their citizenship, of other benefits – such as free education, health care, employment – and of access to electricity and water. In some instances, harassment and beatings occur. Despite these, groups of believers are forming and increasingly spreading across the breadth of the country.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for Bhutan to once again open its doors to a vibrant Christian witness.
  • Pray for Christians to stand firm and multiply despite harsh treatment and harassment.
  • Pray for human rights abuses against the Nepali Bhutanese to be replaced by love and compassion in the name of Christ.

North Korea

39.0392° N, 125.7625° E

URGENT is engaged in the following activities within North Korea:

  • Church Planting
  • Discipleship
  • Training
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Radical Urgent

Population: 25,355,000

Climate: temperate, with rainfall concentrated in summer; long, bitter winters.

Terrain: mostly hills and mountains separated by deep, narrow valleys; wide coastal plains in west, discontinuous in east.

Environment Issues: water pollution; inadequate supplies of potable water; waterborne disease; deforestation; soil erosion and degradation

Languages: Korean

Government Type: dictatorship, single-party state; official state ideology of "Juche" or "national self-reliance.

Literacy Rate
100%
Largest Religion
Non-Religious (68.8%)
People Groups
5
Unreached People Groups
2
Population in Unreached
99.3%
Percentage Evangelical Christian
1.57
Persecution Rating
1

(1=High to 50=Low)


Challenges for Prayer: Access to ministry in North Korea is greater than commonly perceived. Foreign NGOs, both Korean and Western, are on site through aid and development projects. Strict limitations on ministry are in place, but the very presence of believers and the testimony of loving generosity can make a difference in many lives. There are possibly hundreds of Christians in North Korea in this capacity.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for Almighty God to deliver a nation long-enslaved by a brutal regime.
  • Pray for the Church to persevere and multiply amid horrific persecution.
  • Pray for Truth to reign and liberate the nation from the regime’s indoctrination and lies.

India

28.7041° N, 77.1025° E

URGENT is engaged in the following activities within India:

  • Church Planting
  • Resources
  • Training
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Radical Urgent

Population: 1,360,308,000

Climate: varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north.

Terrain: upland plain (Deccan Plateau) in south, flat to rolling plain along the Ganges, deserts in west, Himalayas in north.

Environment Issues: deforestation; soil erosion; overgrazing; desertification; air pollution from industrial effluents and vehicle emissions; water pollution from raw sewage and runoff of agricultural pesticides; tap water is not potable throughout the country; huge and growing population is overstraining natural resources; preservation and quality of forests; biodiversity loss.

Languages: Hindi 43.6%, Bengali 8%, Marathi 6.9%, Telugu 6.7%, Tamil 5.7%, Gujarati 4.6%, Urdu 4.2%, Kannada 3.6%, Odia 3.1%, Malayalam 2.9%, Punjabi 2.7%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.1%, other 5.6% (2011 est.)

Government Type: federal parliamentary republic

Literacy Rate
71.2%
Largest Religion
Hinduism (80.9%)
People Groups
2,605
Unreached People Groups
2,330
Population in Unreached
95.6%
Percentage Evangelical Christian
Unknown
Persecution Rating
10

(1=High to 50=Low)


Challenges for Prayer: Training Christian workers is an important need that is immediately urgent and essential in the long term. The life and health of the Church depends on the proper development of pastors, teachers, evangelists and missionaries. In churches, poor discipling and lack of teaching and modelling of biblical life and leadership are problems. India’s strong philosophical tradition and religious, cultural and ethnic diversity make adequate training crucial, but most workers are sent out with very little specific preparation for their ministry context. There are over 100,000 full-time workers in India; about half are pastoring local churches. There is, on average, one trained pastor for every six congregations.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for the cultural barriers of the caste system and Hinduism to be overcome by the Gospel.
  • Pray for the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach every village and town.
  • Pray for justice and hope in a nation plagued by oppression, poverty, and disease.

Iraq

33.3152° N, 44.3661° E

URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Iraq:

  • Church Planting
  • Discipleship
  • Training
  • Resources
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Radical Urgent

Population: 38,737,000

Climate: mostly desert; mild to cool winters with dry, hot, cloudless summers; northern mountainous regions along Iranian and Turkish borders experience cold winters with occasionally heavy snows that melt in early spring, sometimes causing extensive flooding in central and southern Iraq.

Terrain: mostly broad plains; reedy marshes along Iranian border in south with large flooded areas; mountains along borders with Iran and Turkey.

Environment Issues: government water control projects drained most of the inhabited marsh areas east of An Nasiriyah by drying up or diverting the feeder streams and rivers; a once sizable population of Marsh Arabs, who inhabited these areas for thousands of years, has been displaced; furthermore, the destruction of the natural habitat poses serious threats to the area's wildlife populations; inadequate supplies of potable water; soil degradation (salination) and erosion; desertification; military and industrial infrastructure has released heavy metals and other hazardous substances into the air, soil, and groundwater; major sources of environmental damage are effluents from oil refineries, factory and sewage discharges into rivers, fertilizer and chemical contamination of the soil, and industrial air pollution in urban areas.

Languages: Arabic (official), Kurdish (official), Turkmen (a Turkish dialect), Syriac (Neo-Aramaic), and Armenian are official in areas where native speakers of these languages constitute a majority of the population.

Government Type: federal parliamentary republic

Literacy Rate
79.7%
Largest Religion
Islam (95.7%)
People Groups
35
Unreached People Groups
25
Population in Unreached
98%
Percentage Evangelical Christian
0.2%
Persecution Rating
13

(1=High to 50=Low)


Challenges for Prayer: The Church is characterized by fragmentation – denominationally, ethnically and politically, despite the great opposition all Christians face. The majority are in the Catholic-linked Chaldean Church, but others are part of the Assyrian Church of the East, Syriac Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, Protestant denominations or even a Muslim-background believers’ network. Some in the historic denominations are being impacted by revival; others resent and oppose what they perceive to be aggressive proselytism and a money-spinning focus of the newer Protestant groups. Outreach to the Muslim majority remains a terrifying prospect to most, although compassionate ministry by some Christians to all in need sees many Muslims profoundly touched. Pray for unity among believers, with a Christ-centred front that responds to hatred and persecution with boldness, forgiveness and love.

Evangelicals are growing at an unprecedented rate. Many are coming from Muslim and even extremist backgrounds, touched by the peace, love and hope Christ offers. They are Arab and Kurd, in the north and south, within Iraq and scattered abroad. However, they come nowhere near offsetting the loss endured by Christianity as a result of the flight of the ancient confessions from Iraq. Pray for these believers, for their witness to non-Christians and for their faith to endure despite many difficulties.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for evil and terror to be overcome by the power and love of Christ and His people.
  • Pray for the Gospel message to break through hearts hardened by long standing divisions and intense rivalries.
  • Pray for believers to courageously stand firm in their faith despite persecution and terror.

Afghanistan

34.5553° N, 69.2075° E

URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Afghanistan:

  • Church Planting
  • Training
  • Resources
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Radical Urgent

Population: 37,925,000

Climate Arid to semiarid; cold winters and hot summers

Terrain: mostly rugged mountains; plains in north and southwest

Environment Issues: limited natural freshwater resources; inadequate supplies of potable water; soil degradation; overgrazing; deforestation (much of the remaining forests are being cut down for fuel and building materials); desertification; air and water pollution in overcrowded urban areas

Languages: Afghan Persian or Dari (official) 77% (Dari functions as the lingua franca), Pashto (official) 48%, Uzbek 11%, English 6%, Turkmen 3%, Urdu 3%, Pashayi 1%, Nuristani 1%, Arabic 1%, Balochi 1% (2017 est.) note: the Turkic languages Uzbek and Turkmen, as well as Balochi, Pashayi, Nuristani, and Pamiri are the third official languages in areas where the majority speaks them

Government Type: presidential Islamic republic

Literacy Rate
38.2%
Largest Religion
Islam (99.8%)
People Groups
72
Unreached People Groups
67
Population in Unreached
99%
Percentage Evangelical Christian
0.03%
Persecution Rating
2

(1=High to 50=Low)


Challenges for Prayer: Afghanistan is one of the least reached countries in the world. There are 48,000 mosques but not a single church building. Pray for the unreached peoples of this land.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for appropriate and expedient solutions to ongoing threats of violence.
  • Pray for Afghans who are seeking Truth to boldly embrace a new identity in Christ.
  • Pray for protection over Afghan believers and perseverance despite suffering.

Iran

35.6892° N, 51.3890° E

URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Iran:

  • Church Planting
  • Discipleship
  • Resources
  • Training

Radical Urgent

Population: 82,841,000

Climate: mostly arid or semiarid, subtropical along Caspian coast

Terrain: rugged, mountainous rim; high, central basin with deserts, mountains; small, discontinuous plains along both coasts

Environment Issues: air pollution, especially in urban areas, from vehicle emissions, refinery operations, and industrial effluents; deforestation; overgrazing; desertification; oil pollution in the Persian Gulf; wetland losses from drought; soil degradation (salination); inadequate supplies of potable water; water pollution from raw sewage and industrial waste; urbanization

Languages: Persian (official), Azeri Turkic and Turkic dialects, Kurdish, Gilaki and Mazandarani, Luri, Balochi, Arabic

Government Type: theocratic republic

Literacy Rate
85.5%
Largest Religion
Islam (98.0%)
People Groups
95
Unreached People Groups
85
Population in Unreached
99.6%
Percentage Evangelical Christian
0.95%
Persecution Rating
9

(1=High to 50=Low)


Challenges for Prayer: The Iranian Diaspora is around four million. Most have found refuge in the USA, Canada, Western Europe, Turkey, Gulf States and other lands – where they can be evangelized. Western countries are making it harder for Iranians to immigrate. Young people are particularly responsive to the gospel. With nearly two-thirds of the population under age 30, with disillusionment at an all-time high and with frustrated desires for freedom, there is a unique window of opportunity to impact this generation with the liberating good news about Jesus. Political, economic and social frustrations are often expressed in resentment against the regime and in increasing hedonism and materialism. Pray that the unmet longings of their hearts might be fulfilled as they meet Christ. Already, much of the underground church is made up of this younger generation.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for a great harvest resulting from faithful believers sharing bold accounts of their faith.
  • Pray for the church to rapidly multiply and mature despite horrendous persecution against non-Muslim peoples.
  • Pray for Christians to capitalize on unprecedented opportunities to spread the Gospel via Internet, TV, and media.

Laos

19.8563° N, 102.4955° E

URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Laos:

  • Church Planting
  • Training
  • Discipleship
  • Resources
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Radical Urgent

Population: 7,100,000

Climate: tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April)

Terrain: mostly rugged mountains; some plains and plateaus

Environment Issues: unexploded ordnance; deforestation; soil erosion; loss of biodiversity; water pollution, most of the population does not have access to potable water

Languages: Lao (official), French, English, various ethnic languages

Government Type: communist state

Literacy Rate
84.7%
Largest Religion
Buddhism (60.1%)
People Groups
128
Unreached People Groups
109
Population in Unreached
78.7%
Percentage Evangelical Christian
2.47%
Persecution Rating
19

(1=High to 50=Low)


Challenges for Prayer: The suffering Church has recognized that persecution is one factor in its growth – persecution keeps them praying and relying on God. The situation has improved very slightly; but at the local and village levels, Christians still find themselves to be targets. Persistent social pressure and the prevention of building new church buildings are two primary opposition strategies. Persecution takes personal forms as well, with strong spiritual opposition compounding family and social pressures to continue practicing traditions.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for house church leaders who are singled out as targets of persecution to persevere with grace.
  • Pray for Lao seekers to toss aside the social pressure to practice Buddhism and place their hope in the one true God.
  • Pray for believers to unashamedly proclaim the Gospel to their neighbors despite close government monitoring.

Lebanon

33.8938° N, 35.5018° E

URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Lebanon:

  • Church Planting
  • Training
  • Discipleship
  • Resources
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Radical Urgent

Population: 6,725,000

Climate: Mediterranean; mild to cool, wet winters with hot, dry summers; the Lebanon Mountains experience heavy winter snows

Terrain: narrow coastal plain; El Beqaa (Bekaa Valley) separates Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon Mountains

Environment Issues: deforestation; soil deterioration, erosion; desertification; species loss; air pollution in Beirut from vehicular traffic and the burning of industrial wastes; pollution of coastal waters from raw sewage and oil spills; waste-water management

Languages: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian

Government Type: parliamentary republic

Literacy Rate
93.9%
Largest Religion
Islam (60.0%)
People Groups
26
Unreached People Groups
8
Population in Unreached
14.5%
Percentage Evangelical Christian
0.62%
Persecution Rating
NR

(1=High to 50=Low), NR = Not Ranked


Challenges for Prayer: Lebanon’s tragic history over the last 70 years, with communal wars, foreign interventions and hostage-taking. With adequate political stability, Lebanon has demonstrated great resilience and potential to rebuild.

  • Pray for preservation of religious freedom.
  • Pray for Christians to commit to staying in the land in order to spread the gospel to their neighbors.
  • Pray for healing and forgiveness for those deeply wounded by the tragedy of war.

Yemen

15.5527° N, 48.5164° E

URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Yemen:

  • Church Planting
  • Training
  • Discipleship
  • Resources
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Radical Urgent

Population: 28,999,000

Climate: mostly desert; hot and humid along west coast; temperate in western mountains affected by seasonal monsoon; extraordinarily hot, dry, harsh desert in east

Terrain: narrow coastal plain backed by flat-topped hills and rugged mountains; dissected upland desert plains in center slope into the desert interior of the Arabian Peninsula

Environment Issues: limited natural freshwater resources; inadequate supplies of potable water; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification

Ethnic Groups: predominantly Arab; but also Afro-Arab, South Asian, European

Languages: Arabic (official) note: a distinct Socotri language is widely used on Socotra Island and Archipelago; Mahri is still fairly widely spoken in eastern Yemen

Government Type: in transition

Literacy Rate
70.1%
Largest Religion
Islam (99.6%)
People Groups
29
Unreached People Groups
20
Population in Unreached
99.6%
Percentage Evangelical Christian
0.03%
Persecution Rating
8

(1=High to 50=Low)


Challenges for Prayer: Yemen was once famous for frankincense, myrrh and coffee, but now growing the mild narcotic qat dominates agriculture. Over 80% of the adult population chew it, nearly 40% of the national economy is involved in qat farming and 55% of all water usage is devoted to its production. An estimated 20 million working hours a day are spent chewing it. The negative effects are immense on productivity and social and family life. Attempts to alleviate poor health care, low levels of education and economic underdevelopment are all undermined by widespread corruption.

Christianity once had a strong presence, but was almost completely wiped out by the 7th Century Muslim conquest. According to tradition, Shem founded the city of Sana’a, and the Queen of Sheba reigned in Yemen and sought wisdom from Solomon three millennia ago. May the modern people of Sheba seek after the wisdom from God as promised in Isaiah 60:6.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the Gospel to go forth in power despite current legal restrictions.
  • Pray for freedom from the narcotic qat that holds 80% of Yemeni adults captive.
  • Pray for the desperate economic situation to ignite a longing for lasting hope and security.

Somalia

5.1521° N, 46.1996° E

URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Somailia:

  • Church Planting
  • Training
  • Discipleship
  • Resources
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Radical Urgent

Population: 15,322,000

Climate: principally desert; northeast monsoon (December to February), moderate temperatures in north and hot in south; southwest monsoon (May to October), torrid in the north and hot in the south, irregular rainfall, hot and humid periods (tangambili) between monsoons

Terrain: mostly flat to undulating plateau rising to hills in north

Environment Issues: water scarcity; contaminated water contributes to human health problems; improper waste disposal; deforestation; land degradation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification

Ethnic Groups: Somali 85%, Bantu and other non-Somali 15% (including 30,000 Arabs)

Languages: Somali (official, according to the 2012 Transitional Federal Charter), Arabic (official, according to the 2012 Transitional Federal Charter), Italian, English

Government Type: federal parliamentary republic

Literacy Rate
37.8%
Largest Religion
Islam (99.6%)
People Groups
22
Unreached People Groups
20
Population in Unreached
99.9%
Percentage Evangelical Christian
0.01%
Persecution Rating
3

(1=High to 50=Low)


Challenges for Prayer: The work of missions, always dangerous and hedged with restrictions, was forced to cease in 1972 when their institutions were nationalized by the new Marxist regime. The work of different missions between 1897 and 1974 saw several hundred turn to the Lord. Pray for workers to the Somalis to be called, committed and ready for when these defiantly closed doors open.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for the believing minority who suffer great persecution and martyrdom.
  • Pray for courage and strength for those who are boldly sharing their faith.
  • Pray for safe fellowship and encouragement for isolated believers.

Nepal

27.7172° N, 85.3240° E

URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Nepal:

  • Church Planting
  • Training
  • Discipleship
  • Resources
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Radical Urgent

Population: 28,495,000

Climate: varies from cool summers and severe winters in north to subtropical summers and mild winters in south

Terrain: Tarai or flat river plain of the Ganges in south; central hill region with rugged Himalayas in north

Environment Issues: deforestation (overuse of wood for fuel and lack of alternatives); forest degradation; soil erosion; contaminated water (with human and animal wastes, agricultural runoff, and industrial effluents); unmanaged solid-waste; wildlife conservation; vehicular emissions

Ethnic Groups: Chhettri 16.6%, Brahman-Hill 12.2%, Magar 7.1%, Tharu 6.6%, Tamang 5.8%, Newar 5%, Kami 4.8%, Muslim 4.4%, Yadav 4%, Rai 2.3%, Gurung 2%, Damai/Dholii 1.8%, Thakuri 1.6%, Limbu 1.5%, Sarki 1.4%, Teli 1.4%, Chamar/Harijan/Ram 1.3%, Koiri/Kushwaha 1.2%, other 19% (2011 est.)

Languages: Nepali (official) 44.6%, Maithali 11.7%, Bhojpuri 6%, Tharu 5.8%, Tamang 5.1%, Newar 3.2%, Bajjika 3%, Magar 3%, Doteli 3%, Urdu 2.6%, Avadhi 1.9%, Limbu 1.3%, Gurung 1.2%, Baitadeli 1%, other 6.4%, unspecified 0.2% (2011 est.) note: 123 languages reported as mother tongue in 2011 national census; many in government and business also speak English

Government Type: federal parliamentary republic

Literacy Rate
63.9%
Largest Religion
Hinduism (84.0%)
People Groups
275
Unreached People Groups
265
Population in Unreached
90.3%
Percentage Evangelical Christian
Unknown
Persecution Rating
32

(1=High to 50=Low)


Challenges for Prayer: Freedom of religion is guaranteed by law, but only in limited measures. Non-Hindus cannot proselytize. If they do, they risk fines, imprisonment and, in the case of expatriates, expulsion. Despite this law, the Church in Nepal grows because of courageous evangelism. Hindu fundamentalists as well as Maoists often single out Christians; their non-violent nature and connections to the West make them soft targets. Pray for perseverance for believers, that neither laws of man nor threats of violence deter them from sharing the gospel.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Jesus to be made known among unreached peoples in hard-to-access locations.
  • Pray for biblical training and Christlikeness for a rising generation of church leaders.
  • Pray for the Living God to restore those devastated by the earthquakes.

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