“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.” – Revelation 7:9
At the heart of OMF International’s vision statement is a desire to see “indigenous, biblical church movements in each people group of East Asia.” It is a difficult, essential and rewarding task. OMF International is currently engaged in 70 different people groups and hopes to enter more in the near future. Recent surveys indicate more than 400 unreached people groups in East Asia. These are people who have probably never heard the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
What is a people group?
A people group is a collection of people who share a common culture, language and sense of identity. Primarily, OMF International has divided these groups along ethno-linguistic lines, such as the Han Chinese or the Japanese. However, they may also be grouped according to socio-economic factors, such as Taiwan’s working class.
An “unreached” people group is a group that has not yet been effectively reached with the gospel. An “indigenous, biblical church movement” has not yet been established among them.