In 2018 there were 58 Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPGs) listed for the country of Laos. By the end of that year, our research uncovered well over 100 such groups, and confirmed the location of 96. But it was the first 58 that inspired our vision to do something about bringing the gospel to all of them. Consequently, we continue to call this effort The Final 58. But our vision remains to engage and reach all of these groups.
Why are they unreached? They are unreached because there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize their own groups without outside assistance. Why are they unengaged? They are unengaged because there is no known active church planting underway. These groups represent the outermost frontier of missions – they are the dark areas of the world where no one has ever gone and if no one goes, the light of Jesus will not shine.
The Final 58 is an effort to engage each of the remaining Unengaged Unreached People Groups (UUPGs) in Laos with a reproducible evangelism and church planting effort. Our vision is simple—we want to see a genuine church in every village of these remaining tribes filled with biblical disciples making disciples, who make yet more disciples. We are currently mobilizing teams of Lao National Missionaries to engage each of the UUPGs in Laos with a disciple-making and biblical church-planting effort. This effort has the potential of saturating each of these groups with the Good News of Jesus.
How can you participate in the Final 58 project?