Summary Report: Unreached Peoples Resource Network
Dear AD2-Announce Reader:
As the AD2000 & Beyond Movement moves towards its final closure date
of early 2001, all of the movement's Tracks / Resource Networks and
Task Forces have been requested to provide an overview summary of
their specific realm of experience over the 5 - 10 years of their
operational existence. These reports have been prepared for
compilation of a "lasting record" of this movement and for all to see,
as they are interested!
Please see the attached report on The Unreached Peoples Resource
Network prepared by Patrick Johnstone and John Robb. It is very
encouraging to read the report and discover, as they even state in the
report, "the wonders God did and continues to do through all those
associated with our network and the AD2000 Movement as a whole."
Praise God and special thanks to Patrick and John for their leadership
in this worldwide effort of greater awareness and effectiveness in
reaching the unreached.
These reports will all be included along with other historical reports
and data of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, including the AD2000
website, and much more on a CD-ROM being produced for distribution at
Celebrate Messiah 2000. Further distribution of this CD-ROM will also
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NOTE: Celebrate Messiah 2000 will be held in Jerusalem and Bethlehem
27 December 2000 - 2 January 2001. Registration invitation is still
open to those so interested. Please contact Lauri Dennis, Registrar,
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Thank you for your interest in the AD2000 & Beyond Movement and its
outworkings into the 21st century. Please continue to pray for the
movement until our closing day! Thank you!
That all may hear!
AD2000 & Beyond Movement
Unreached Peoples Resource Network
After the Lausanne II Unreached Peoples Track which they coordinated,
Patrick Johnstone and John Robb were asked by Luis Bush to provide
leadership for the AD2000 Movement's Unreached Peoples Resource
Network, Patrick to serve as chairman and John as international
coordinator. Our goal was to contribute toward the movement goal of
"a church for every people" through catalyzing the formation of
ministry and prayer networks for the neediest peoples (those less than
5% Christian and 2% evangelical). Approximately 80 (more like 95 if
India's state coordinators are included) regional and national
coordinators agreed to serve with us. At GCOWE '95 420 leaders from
more than 120 countries participated in our track, making plans to
reach the unreached in their regions and nations. After GCOWE our
network newsletter's constituency reached 750 leaders internationally.
We are grateful for the wonders God did and continues to do through
all those associated with our network and the AD2000 Movement as a
whole. On the whole it was a very positive and worthwhile experience.
The accomplishments of the network were in two broad areas:
Networking of leaders, training of workers and stimulation of
vision among God's people:
- Hundreds of ministry networks focused on specific people groups
(often sociological subgroups within ethnolinguistic peoples) were
formed and ministry efforts were undertaken by grassroots workers who
took part in national and regional unreached peoples seminars,
consultations and conferences in more than 80 nations. Prayer
initiatives and research efforts were launched in many of these
countries which also raised the profile of unreached peoples and
stimulated mission efforts. For example, in North India virtually
every state now has a network of leaders working together
inter-denominationally and tied together through the North India
Harvest Network. This network and many others like it were originally
birthed in AD2000 UP Network events held in almost every state in
India in the 1990's.
- Up to 10,000 Russian and other nationals from the former Soviet
Union made professions of faith at 20 mass evangelism rallies and
- Several peoples such as the Turkmen, Wolof, Parsees and others
were adopted by Western churches.
- We partnered with YWAM to produce the video, "The Challenge of the
Unfinished Task", which has been used widely to focus attention on
the neediest 2000 unreached peoples.
Research and information:
- Earthing a people vision from the Winterian broad strokes of
"about 16,000 hidden/URPs" to the present more manageable realities
of the Joshua Project List.
- Applying the knowledge gained over the past 20 years of research
to make a peoples list with measurable components an integral part of
the AD2000 and Beyond Movement thrust. The first published list of
ethno-linguistic peoples, which gave us the basis for a realistic
tackling of the "church for every people". The breakdown into
Affinity Blocs and People Clusters gave us a publicity and strategy
handle, which many could grasp and provided Interdev with a
partnering strategy, which has proved very successful.
- The profile of URPs immeasurably raised to be the touch-stone of
the unfinished task - what a change to 25 years ago. We provided both
the terminology, classifications and much of the data which made the
JPL possible. The whole vision statement of AD2000 and Beyond
Movement, in some ways, stands or falls on our ability to provide
this and measure progress. The on-going work of the HIS Services
group to refine and further this is a worthy building on those
- The stimulus of the people vision led to a large increase in
national and regional research into the least reached in many, but
sadly not all, countries. Notable were the efforts in such lands and
regions as China, S.E. Asia, India, Nigeria, Indonesia, Central Asia,
North Africa, Mexico, etc. The result is that with these and the
global research efforts to give us the first ever reasonably complete
picture of the bounds of the unfinished task of discipling the
What were some lessons learned and what might we have done
- The pressure of the year 2000 deadline and the urgency it
produced, while it was helpful as a rallying point, pushed us to
appoint national coordinators who, in a number of instances, turned
out to be unsuitable. It was difficult to keep many others motivated
and reporting on progress made due to their other involvements. We
should have thought and planned for the longer term from the
beginning, enlisting and working through existing national leadership
structures rather than appointing independent coordinators who then
often had trouble relating to these structures.
- Better coordination between international tracks like ours and
AD2000 national initiatives, which seemed to work at cross-purposes
- Brilliant and exhilarating leadership by the international office
for the first 6-7 years of the movement, including encouraging annual
progress meetings, gave way to a more uncertain (perhaps exhausted)
stance as the year 2000 deadline neared and its commitment to go out
of business loomed. Some network leaders felt disconnected and a bit
abandoned before and after GCOWE '97 with the shift of emphasis to
- A stronger focus on holistic mission, including such things as
caring for the poor, fighting injustice and working for peace and
reconciliation in keeping with the Lausanne Covenant would have
strengthened the movement and laid a better foundation for mission in
the new century. The narrow focus of the movement on church planting
and evangelism cut us off from large segments of the Church, such as
those mainline Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox concerned for
- On the research side, we had to go for a selected list to compile
the JPL which brought us into significant problems -loss of the whole
picture because we were selective [which peoples should be included
or omitted], weird totaling problems [the selected peoples adding up
to more than national populations], failing to give a complete
picture which meant it was hard to let users assess the relative
reachedness of peoples by themselves.
- Nationally generated research and motivation [if done] is better
than global research for getting good results.
- Simplistic definitions of peoples and artificial divisions of the
world into the 10/40 Window and non-10/40 Window countries led to
over-response and seeming exclusion of such vital countries as
Somalia, Central Asia and Indonesia.
- The Bethany profile project's results were marginal and info
virtually unusable. A wonderful idea, but not realistic in
attainability and methodology.
- The Adopt a People program has not really taken off to the extent
we hoped. Were we too optimistic about the enthusiasm we would find?
- The 10,000 population and 5% / 2% Christian / Evangelical helped
us to make the JPL viable and was right for the resources and info
then available, but it did create too much argument and dismay!
Our recommendations for a new movement:
- We need the complete list of peoples to be the basis of future
efforts towards closure. We need to pass on the cluster concept for
peoples - so many of the smaller populations of peoples are migratory
off-shoots of other peoples.
- Global summaries for regional and local research rather than the
other way round.
- Holistic mission partnerships and networks are needed for each of
the 3000+ neediest peoples still in the unclaimed or pioneer mission
stage. These networks should include business people, relief and
development workers, Bible translators and church planters along with
the other diverse resources of the Body of Christ. We need to broaden
the Great Commission to wider than peoples, but not so dilute the GC
so as to be inclusive of everything we do in the Lord's name.
- The last 20 years has been a race to find the URPs and start
ministry among them. The next 20 years will change the task from
quantifying the task, to quality of ministry in the task.
- Any future movement should be closely tied with Lausanne, WEF and
the new Great Commission Roundtable, not an independent, autonomous
effort which duplicates efforts and damages relationships among
leaders as happened with the birth of the AD2000 Movement.
Patrick Johnstone and John Robb
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