Unreached people groups
When I was thinking about unreached people, a verse from the gospel of Matthew came to my mind:
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14 (ESV)
Our God is wonderful and perfect Father. He loves all people although they are not lovable. Unreached people group includes not only who do not know the Lord, but also maybe do not looking for him. When we talk or think about unreached people, perhaps we think about distant uncivilized tribes who live far from us. But if we receive wisdom from the Lord and pray to reach such a group people, sometimes God opens our eyes to see unreached people in our neighborhood. I was an example of an unreached people in the midst of a rich and modern country called UAE. An American missionary who had heart to serve for Iranians had been moved to Dubai to reach out to Iranians who live there. My wife and I received the gospel from him, and our life changed completely.
Why does God in Matthew 24:14 want to reach me while I was not looking for him? He says in the mentioned verse that first the good news of salvation will be proclaimed throughout the whole world and to all nations, then the end will come. He does not need me for accepting him, before the end of the world. But he wants to save me, you, and all nations. It comes from his steadfast love. As mentioned in the scripture “God is love” 1 John 4:8
There are many missionaries who try to reach out to distant nations, learn their languages, their cultures and proclaim the kingdom of God. It is valuable and so wonderful. If we are not able to do such great ministry, we can pray to meet unreached people around us, or even God brings them to us, as it happened in the recent years many different nationalities who were not able to know and worship the Lord in their home country, by God’s plan came to country and the city which we live in.
So, keep unreached people who live close to you in your prayers and ask God to provide a way to meet and talk to them. Sometimes such a people are too close to us!