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  1. Alangan

    The Alangan project was incorporated into the South-Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists in July 2001. Five churches were planted.

    Mindoro, Philippines

    Stage: Completed

    Major Religions: Animist

  2. Allaja of Mesopotamia

    The Magi, or wise men, who traveled from the East to honor the newborn Jesus were most likely forebears of the modern Allaja.

    Middle East

    Stage: Pre-Evangelism

    Major Religions: Muslim

  3. Ama

    The Ama people of Papua New Guinea were waiting for a missionary, but no one knew.

    Papua New Guinea

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Animist

  4. Angolans

    Although the church in Angola is growing, there are still pockets of unreached peoples, such as the Himba, Mbwela, Mumgabwe, Kwangali, and Nyaneka.

    Angola

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Animist

  5. Armenians of Iran

    Iranian citizens who are ethnically Armenian are Iran’s largest Christian religious minority. An estimated 150,000 currently reside in the country, and they are engaged in a variety of professions and occupations

    Iran

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  6. Balkans

    The Balkan people experienced genocide in the 1990s when thousands of them were killed.

    Balkans

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  7. Bamar Buddhists

    Pioneer missionary Adoniram Judson sailed to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in 1813. When asked about the prospects of converting the world, he replied, "As bright, Sir, as the promises of God."

    Myanmar

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  8. Bassac

    The Bassac are the second largest people group of Stung Treng province, and they continue to live off the land by subsistence farming and fishing.

    Cambodia

    Stage: Pre-Evangelism

  9. Bissau

    The Bissau people need your prayers.

    Guinea Bissau

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Animist/Muslim

  10. Buddhists of Southern Thailand

    There has been less outreach to the Southern Thai people. Our project seeks to take the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ to the Buddhists in southern Thailand.

    Southern Thailand

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  11. Central Thai

    Thailand is a deeply Buddhist nation with over 92 percent of its population espousing the Buddhist faith. Missionaries have had very little success at penetrating this massive “spiritual wall.”

    Thailand

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  12. Dendi

    Benin is the least-evangelized non-Muslim country south of the Sahara.

    Benin

    Stage: Completed

    Major Religions: Muslim

  13. Dowa

    The Dowa project was incorporated into the South-Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists on June 7, 2007.

    Papua New Guinea

    Stage: Completed

    Major Religions: Animist

  14. Dream Project

    Jesus Christ is appearing to Muslims all around the world in dreams and visions, inviting them to follow Him.

    International

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  15. Eylandan of Iceland

    Although considered a Christian country, less than one percent of the population of Iceland is Adventist.

    Iceland

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Catholic/Orthodox

  16. Field Director

    Missionary Field Directors provide essential support in the field to our missionaries and the projects they lead.

    International

    Stage: Discipleship

  17. Fulani

    The Fula of Benin are overwhelmingly Muslim. Efforts to evangelize these people have produced only a very small number of converts.

    West Africa

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  18. Fulani of Central Africa

    Fulani people are generally very dignified and take pride in what makes them distinct.

    Central Africa

    Stage: Pre-Entry

  19. Fulfulde

    The Fulfulde tend to hide their feelings and only through songs do they express love and a need for others.

    Benin

    Stage: Pre-Entry

  20. Georgians

    Georgians trace their ancestry to the great grandson of the biblical Japheth.

    Georgia

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Catholic/Orthodox

  21. Goans

    An exotic mixture of Hindu and Christian, Indian and Portuguese, antiquity and modernity, religion and secularism.

    India

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Catholic/Orthodox/Hindu

  22. Gogodala

    The Gogodala people live deep in the sago swamps of the Western Province of Papua New Guinea.

    Papua New Guinea

    Stage: Discipleship

    Major Religions: Animist

  23. Gorkha/Nepali

    The predominant religion among the Gorkha/Nepali people is Hinduism, but many are also Buddhists.

    Southern Asia

    Stage: Completed

    Major Religions: Buddhist/Hindu

  24. Great River People

    The Great River people of Southeast Asia are waiting to hear about Jesus.

    Southeastern Asia

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Muslim

  25. Greeks

    During Ottoman domination, the Greek Orthodox church preserved the Greek language and cultural identity.

    Greece

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Catholic/Orthodox

  26. Hajirah

    This AFM project aims to teach English and computer skills to outcast girls in order to integrate into them back into society, provide them with hope, and introduce them to the Savior.

    Middle East

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  27. Hausa

    Though all Hausa society is nominally Islamic, many of the rural Hausa are only superficially Muslim and believe in a variety of spirits.

    Niger

    Stage: Pre-Entry

  28. Highlanders

    Few Scots have ever even heard of Seventh-day Adventists, as SDAs make up only one in 10,000 of the population of over 5 million.

    Scotland

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Catholic/Orthodox

  29. Himadri

    Primarily Buddhist, the Himadri people are ethnically related to Tibetans and speak a similar language. There are few, if any, known believers among the Himadri.

    Himalayas

    Stage: Pre-Evangelism

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  30. Hrvati

    Croatia is the gateway to eastern Europe.

    Croatia

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Catholic/Orthodox

  31. Hrvati Catholics

    Failing to greet someone in a context that requires a greeting is a serious breach of etiquette.

    Croatia

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Catholic/Orthodox

  32. Ifugao

    The Ifugao project was incorporated into the Asia-Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists in February of 1993. The Scalzis planted five churches in the mountain villages.

    Luzon, Philippines

    Stage: Completed

  33. Ipek

    Originally Turkish nomads, the Ipek people worked as shepherds and oasis farmers.

    Ipekistan

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  34. Iranians

    Christianity is growing rapidly in Iran, numbering more than 100,000 nationals. Persecution has intensified since 2005, with marked increases in 2011 and 2012.

    Iran

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Muslim

  35. Iranians of the Middle East

    Because Iranians in Iran are becoming disillusioned with the ruling regime and dissatisfied with Islam, there is a growing underground house-church movement developing and a window of opportunity is open to us.

    Middle East

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  36. Iraqis of Jordan

    Iraqis in Jordan, the majority of whom are Sunni Muslims, are estimated to number above 200,000 and comprise approximately 4-5 percent of the total population.

    Jordan

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  37. Irish

    The Irish have always been a passionate people who pride themselves in their history of local wars. The early religious practices came from the spiritualistic Druid religion, and the Irish ballads still reflect their lusty outlook on life.

    Ireland

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Catholic/Orthodox

  38. Isan of Northeast Thailand

    Thailand is a deeply Buddhist nation with over 92 percent of its population espousing the Buddhist faith. Missionaries have had very little success at penetrating this massive “spiritual wall.”

    Thailand

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  39. Iwam

    The Iwam project was incorporated into the South-Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists in March of 1997. Today, the Iwam church is experiencing a period of exciting spiritual and numerical growth.

    Papua New Guinea

    Stage: Completed

  40. Japanese

    Among these 126 million people, fewer than one percent of Japanese are Christian.

    Japan

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Atheist/Buddhist

  41. Jarai

    The Jarai live in the most remote part of Cambodia, cut-off from public education, modern health care, roads and communications.

    Cambodia

    Stage: Pre-Evangelism

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  42. Khmer #1

    The Khmer project was incorporated into the South-Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists in April 2001.

    Cambodia

    Stage: Completed

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  43. Khmer #2

    The Khmer project was incorporated into the South-Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists in April 2001.

    Cambodia

    Stage: Completed

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  44. Kosovars

    Kosovars are favorable towards Americans because of their support during the crisis for independence.

    Kosovo

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Catholic/Orthodox

  45. Lobi

    The Lobi project was incorporated into the West-Central Africa Division of Seventh-day Adventists in November 1999.

    Burkina Faso

    Stage: Completed

    Major Religions: Animist

  46. Maghreb

    The Arabic-speaking Maghreb are descended from nomadic peoples of North Africa.

    North Africa

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  47. Malinke

    Currently focused on relationship building, the Malinke project continues to grow.

    Mali

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Muslim

  48. Mandingo

    People often first pray in the village mosque, then sacrifice a chicken to the village spirit.

    Gambia

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Animist

  49. Maninka

    The Maninka value honesty, logical thinking, and the ability to speak in public; however, they are very suspicious and men avoid close personal relationships.

    Guinea

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Animist/Muslim

  50. Melayu

    The country recently adopted Sharia law, becoming the first Southeast Asian country to do so.

    Southeas Asia

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  51. Mien

    The Mien people in Thailand trace their roots back several hundred years to China, and they preserve many Chinese elements in their culture.

    Southeastern Asia

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Animist/Buddhist

  52. Mirzapuri

    The city of Mirzapur is the capital of the largest district in India, hosting more than 1.6 million people. It is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, a melting pot of 260 people groups, 255 of which are unreached with the Gospel.

    India

    Stage: Completed

    Major Religions: Hindu

  53. Mongolians

    The Mongolian project was incorporated into the Northern Asia-Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists on January 9, 1998.

    Mongolia

    Stage: Completed

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  54. Muslims of Southern Thailand

    Around one million Muslims live in Bangkok where over 160 mosques dot the city. They often live apart from the Buddhists around them. Now is the time to reach these people before they become more deeply entrenched in their beliefs.

    Southern Thailand

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  55. Namia

    The Namia are hunter/gatherers and subsistence farmers who depend on the river and jungle for food and transportation.

    Papua New Guinea

    Stage: Pre-Entry

  56. Nepali

    Nepal is a small nation located along the southern part of the Himalayas, between India and China.

    Nepal

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  57. Northern Khmer

    The people are very friendly and seemingly open to the Gospel. They love to visit and have fun, and they value one’s ability to control his/her emotions.

    Thailand

    Stage: Completed

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  58. Otammari

    About 150,000 Otammari live in Northern Benin and Togo.

    Benin

    Stage: Discipleship

    Major Religions: Animist

  59. Pahari

    Many visitors come to seek enlightenment in this predominantly Hindu region located in the mountains of Northern India.

    India

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Hindu

  60. Palawano

    The Palawano are a tribal group inhabiting the mountains in the south of Palawan.

    Philippines

    Stage: Discipleship

    Major Religions: Animist

  61. Reach-Out

    The Reach-Out project reaches the You people in Central Asia.

    Central Asia

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Muslim

  62. Refugee Ministry

    The number of forcibly displaced persons worldwide has surged to more than 51 million.

    International

    Stage: Pre-Entry

  63. Romanians of Ukraine

    For more than 1,000 years, Romanian peoples have inhabited the southern region of modern-day Ukraine along with a number of other people groups.

    Ukraine

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Catholic/Orthodox

  64. Sahara

    The Arabic-speaking Saharans are descended from nomadic peoples of North Africa.

    West Africa

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  65. Senufo

    Senufo art inspired 20th-century European artists such as Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger.

    West Africa

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Animist

  66. Shqiptaret

    Historically, many Albanians practiced a type of folk Islam that embraced occult and superstitious practices such as praying to the dead and seeking magic cures for sickness and curses.

    Albania

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Muslim

  67. Sinim

    Among the 118 people groups in this region, 69 are unreached.

    Southeast Asia

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Atheist/Buddhist

  68. Somalis of Ethiopia

    Somalian refugees who have sought shelter in Ethiopia

    Ethiopia

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  69. Susu

    The Susu are 85 percent Muslim, and Islam dominates their religious culture and practices.

    Guinea, West Africa

    Stage: Phase-Out

    Major Religions: Animist

  70. Syrians of Turkey

    Since March 2011 the crisis in Syria has forced many Syrians to abandon their homeland and seek shelter in other countries. Currently 1.5 million of these refugees reside in Turkey.

    Turkey

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Muslim

  71. Tai-Kadai

    The Tai-Kadai are Buddhist, but they are also heavily influenced by animism. They believe in "guardian spirits" and "locality spirits," which are identified with different levels of society.

    Southeast Asia

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  72. Thai Kamen

    Only about 1.6 percent of the Thai population is Christian.

    Thailand

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  73. Thai Malay

    Thailand hosts a large Malay population.

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  74. Tibetans

    The predominant religion in Tibet is Tantric Buddhism/Lamaism, which involves demonic bondage, spirit appeasement, and occultism.

    India

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Buddhist

  75. Tonga

    There are over 1,000 one-day churches in Mozambique, but membership is only about 5-15 in each.

    Mozambique

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Animist

  76. Turks of Turkey

    Turkey is the land where the early church made much of its progress in the first and second centuries.

    Turkey

    Stage: Evangelism

    Major Religions: Muslim

  77. Videographer/Photo Journalist

    The cinematographer's role is to tell the story of AFM from a front-lines missions perspective, sharing completed video projects on broadcast shows and DVDs.

    International

    Stage: Discipleship

  78. Western Nasu

    The Western Nasu are a comparatively large ethnic group in western Yunnan and are in the process of assimilation to Han Chinese culture and language. There is still time to reach these nearly 300,000 polytheistic people.

    China

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Animist/Atheist

  79. Yadavs

    According to the Joshua Project, the Yadavs of India are the 5th largest unreached people group in the world; and out of the top 100 unreached people groups in the world, 47 of them can be found in the state of Bihar.

    India

    Stage: Pre-Entry

    Major Religions: Hindu/Muslim

  80. Yao Zuang

    The Yao Zhuang are China’s largest minority ethnic group and the largest people group without the Scriptures in their language.

    China

    Stage: Pre-Entry

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