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Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Full MapHome to more than 650 million people, Southeast Asia stretches from Myanmar in the west to the Philippines in the east and south into Indonesia. It holds the world's largest populations of people from Buddhist and Muslim backgrounds, as well as significant Catholic populations in the Philippines and Vietnam.

According to Joshua Project, over 325 million people are still classified as part of unreached people groups. These people groups have yet to hear the Gospel! Overall, we estimate that half a billion people in this region haven't heard the Gospel even once, including over 700 unreached ethnic groups mentioned in Joshua Project.

Cambodia

Cambodia

Buddhism runs deep, but nothing can hinder the Gospel

Population: 16,435,000

Percent Evangelical: 1.8%

People that Need to be Reached: 16,139,170

*Unreached People Groups: 31 out of 43 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Buddhism (official), Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Khmer, Vietnamese, Kampuchea Krom, Cham, Han Chinese, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Khmer, Vietnamese, other ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: Starting Local Churches, Bible Study Ministry, Children's Bible Ministry 

Indonesia

Indonesia

Sharing the Gospel in a nation with the largest Muslim population in the world

Population: 269,193,000

Percent Evangelical: 3.2%

People that Need to be Reached: 260,578,824

*Unreached People Groups: 234 out of 785 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Islam, Protestant Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Javanese, Sundanese, Malay, Batak, Madurese, Betawi, Minangkabau, Buginese, Bantenese, Banjarese, Balinese, Acehnese, Palembang, Sasak, Dayak, Makassar, Han Chinese, Mandaling, Jambi, Gorontalo, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Bahasa Indonesia (official), English, Dutch, Javanese, Sunda, Malay, over 700 ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: We are actively involved in providing Scriptures and training. Please contact us for more information.

Laos

Reaching remote villages in this mountainous country

Population: 7,100,000

Percent Evangelical: 2.5%

People that Need to be Reached: 6,922,500

*Unreached People Groups: 109 out of 128 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Lao, Khmu, Hmong, Tai, Phuthai, Thai, Lue, Katang, So, Makong, Vietnamese, Akha, Phunoi, Kui, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Lao (official), French, English, Khmu, other ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: We are actively involved in providing Scriptures and training. Please contact us for more information.

Myanmar

Myanmar

Unprecedented opportunities are available after a long, harsh dictatorship

Population: 53,904,000

Percent Evangelical: 4.8%

People that Need to be Reached: 51,316,608

*Unreached People Groups: 50 out of 145 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Animism, Hinduism, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Burmese, Shan, Karen, Rakhine, Chin, Han Chinese,Indian, Kachin Jingpo, Mon, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Burmese (official), Shan, other ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: Starting Local Churches

Philippines

Philippines

Transforming remote and tribal communities through biblical education

Population: 107,959,000

Percent Evangelical: 13.9%

People that Need to be Reached: 92,952,699

*Unreached People Groups: 30 out of 200 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Catholicism, Protestant Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Tagalog, Bissaya/Binisaya, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon/Ilonggo, Bikol, Waray, Filipino Mestizo, Pampango, Pangasinese, Maranao, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Filipino (official), English (official), Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bikol, Waray, Pampangan, Pangasinan, other ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: Children's Bible Ministry

Thailand

Thailand, Laos

Be part of God's movement in this Buddhist nation

Population: 65,729,098

Percent Evangelical: 0.75%

People that Need to be Reached: 65,236,129

*Unreached People Groups: 74 out of 109 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Buddhism (official), Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, ethnic religions

Ethnic Groups: Thai, Malay, Khmer, Han Chinese, other ethnic minorities

Languages: Thai (official), Burmese, Malay, Khmer, Min Nan Chinese, English, other ethnic languages

Reach A Village Ministries: Starting Local Churches

Vietnam

Bringing the healing power of Jesus Christ to a nation scarred by war

Population: 96,380,000

Percent Evangelical: 2.4%

People that Need to be Reached: 94,066,880

*Unreached People Groups: 67 out of 118 people groups are considered unreached

Religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai, Protestant Christianity, Islam, Hinduism

Ethnic Groups: Vietnamese, Han Chinese, Tay, Hmong, Tai, Muong, Khmer, Nung

Languages: Vietnamese (official), English, French, Chinese, Khmer, mountain area languages

Reach A Village Ministries: Starting Local Churches

 

*Unreached People Groups are defined by Joshua Project as ethnic groups that have no significant presence of evangelical Christians among them - typically less than 2 percent - and lack the resources to evangelize their own people.

 

Sources:

Joshua Project https://joshuaproject.net/global_list/countries

CIA The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/wfbExt/region_eas.html

https://thaichurches.org/harvest/mapping/CP/map.html?displaylang=EN&lang=sec

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