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Pray for Peoples of the World


Praying for peoples of the world who most lack access to the Gospel is a practical and effective way Alliance people can help fulfill the Great Commission.

Below are descriptions of seven people group clusters and listings of the specific groups within those clusters. Click on the name of individual people groups to learn about them and pray for their need of gospel access. See where the seven clusters are located on our Pray for Peoples Map. Purchase a set of cluster group Prayer Cards so you can pray on the go.

Turkic, Persian and Tibetan Peoples

This area of the globe includes people groups that are among the least-reached in the modern era of missions. The cultures of this part of the world were shaped by the emperors of the East who followed their ancestor, Genghis Khan, and by Arab conquests from the West that vied with Persians for control of the Silk Road trade routes. Religious life today has been shaped by centuries of Buddhist monasticism in the Himalayans or by the Islamic influence of the 500-year Ottoman Empire rule over most of Central Asia. More recent forces also impacted these regions, ultimately introducing Soviet and Chinese communism and cold war geopolitics. This tangle of cultures and languages have left some peoples fighting for their lost homelands and others trying to jump on the globalization train, posing significant challenges to the goal of carrying the gospel “to all peoples.”

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Diaspora is a group of people who live outside the area in which they had lived for a long time or in which their ancestors lived. (Merriam Webster online dictionary)

March 2019 Prayer Focus

Please join this month in praying for the Rohingya people. They’ve been in the news often during the past several years because Myanmar’s majority population and government have persecuted and driven them out of their land. (Myanmar considers itself a federation of eight specific ethnic groups but excludes Rohingya, who are viewed as a Bengali people not native to the country.) Of the 1.3 million Rohingya previously living in Myanmar, nearly 1 million have fled to neighboring Bangladesh and to other locations in Southeast Asia. Please intercede for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya still living in refugee camps, especially in Bangladesh. Pray for opportunities to serve their health, sanitation, and nutrition needs in these camps, resulting in many Rohingya finding salvation in Jesus. Pray also that they will encounter pathways to a just, hope-filled future.

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Historic Alliance Ministry and Today’s Alliance Partner Networks

When there is no gospel access within a people group of the world, it can only be provided by “outsiders” who care. As Alliance staff labor throughout the world, and as we pray, we can make significant progress in creating access to peoples who lack it. Our Pray for Peoples Map also highlights areas of historic Alliance ministry where outreach to peoples lacking access continues. This ongoing ministry is carried out today with partners from our Alliance family around the world, most of whom are part of the Alliance World Fellowship. In these areas, “insider” gospel access is now available through strong networks of indigenous churches who sustain witness inside their own people group, with many even multiplying that witness to other groups within their reach.

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