512, 2019

Somalis in North America

December 5th, 2019|

Somalis are one of the most unreached people groups here in North America. More Somalis live outside of Somalia than within due to a bloody civil war. According to our matrix, among Muslim people groups in North America with significant populations in multiple cities, Somalis need cross-cultural evangelists more than any other group. Minneapolis and Toronto have the [...]

2811, 2019

An Imam Turns to Christ

November 28th, 2019|

The Muslim world stretches from West Africa to Southeast Asia, but God is bringing Muslims to cities throughout the United States and Canada. In fact, last week’s #upgthursday article, “Your Muslim Neighbors,” reported there are 31 different Muslim people groups concentrated in 35 different cities in North America according to the Global Gates UPG Priority Matrix. God is [...]

2111, 2019

Your Muslim Neighbors

November 21st, 2019|

Missionary work among Muslims has increased significantly in the last twenty years. There have even been more Muslims coming to Christ in recent history than in the entire history of Islam. Yet the Muslim world is vast and diverse and still very unreached. A strategy that works really well in one part of the world doesn’t necessarily work [...]

1411, 2019

Taking a Next Step

November 14th, 2019|

You’ve been soaking in all this information about unreached people groups (UPG’s) in North America. So now what? How will you respond to the fact that there are likely people in need of cross-cultural evangelism in your city? Or what if you don’t live in one of the cities on our list? Then how can you be a [...]

711, 2019

Unreached Within Reach in Montgomery County, Maryland

November 7th, 2019|

Just outside the nation’s capital beyond the monuments and museums lies another world – Montgomery County, Maryland. Engaging the Nations Through Eating and Shopping Visitors to the Washington D.C. area don’t normally include suburban strip malls in their tourist bucket list, but a visit to one in Montgomery County displays the D.C. metro’s attraction to global people on [...]

3110, 2019

Your Next Overseas Missions Trip: NYC

October 31st, 2019|

New York! The place where dreams come true and fall makes people think of bouquets of sharpened pencils, Tom Hanks, and Meg Ryan.  It’s also home to nearly 30% of the most unreached people groups in North America! There are 48 distinct people groups most in need of cross-cultural missionaries in Metro New York, which includes the upper [...]

2410, 2019

Your Very Brief Guide to Some World Religions

October 24th, 2019|

Many in North America don't think of religion as their favorite dinner table topic. Yet for many newer arrivals, their religion is the reason they choose the food on their dinner table. For a majority of the world religions, faith is a part of daily discussions. It can dictate what they wear, what they eat, how they marry, [...]

1710, 2019

The Top 100 Most Unreached

October 17th, 2019|

Making Sense of the Information Data is complicated. When we make these infographics to explain the UPG Priority Matrix, we make a lot of choices about what angle of the data to present. The spreadsheet we’re working with (which you can download and fulfill all of your spreadsheet data gathering dreams) is about 270 lines long and 17 [...]

1010, 2019

What’s a People Group?

October 10th, 2019|

  The great commission tells us to go into “all the world.” That phrase can literally be interpreted as “all the ethnicities” or “all the people groups.” And that’s why missionaries are always talking about unreached people groups of the world.  The Joshua Project defines a people group as “the largest group within which the gospel can spread [...]

310, 2019

What On Earth is a UPG Priority Matrix?

October 3rd, 2019|Tags: |

Missionaries. We love acronyms and important sounding titles for our projects. All the infographics you’ll see at are created using data from our UPG Priority matrix. So, we should probably explain what exactly that is and why it matters. To put it simply, the UPG Priority Matrix is a list. It’s a list that tells us what [...]