What does it mean to Embrace a NAME Affinity UUPG?
There are 584 UUPGs, over 85 million people that no one is telling about Jesus.
Steps To Embracing a NAME Affinity UUPG
Step 1 – Understanding Your Church and Its Resources
How does your Church discover your commitment needs? How do you choose a UUPG in Northern Africa and the Middle East or its diasporas? Here are some questions to guide you as you pray about this commitment.
- Do we feel led to people of a specific religious background? (Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox)
- Are there any similar people groups located near our church or in our city?
- Is there a specific geographic area we feel led to explore or already working in?
- Are we prepared to travel to politically unstable, climatically difficult and/or remote areas in Northern Africa and the Middle East?
- Is our church calling and commitment strong enough that we are dedicated to reaching a UUPG before we even take our first trip to them?
- Are we committed to the task despite potential dangers and challenges? (bad roads and terrain, lack of good medical facilities, political unrest, governments hostile to Christianity, etc.)
- Are we ready to trust the Lord’s provision and to sacrifice financially to extend the church mission field to Northern African and Middle Eastern peoples?
- Is our church prepared to make extended time commitments to engage our chosen UUPG?
- Do we have church members that may be able to bring technical skills or expertise that would benefit reaching a particular type of UUPG (i.e. agriculture experts or veterinarians to assist with rural UUPGS, medical workers or NGO or social work experience, businessmen to do training and help with micro-businesses)?
- In spite of the many challenges, do we feel that God is leading our church to do whatever it takes under God to see our UUPG engaged with the Gospel?
Step 2 – Research and Choose
If you do not yet have a specific people group in mind, we suggest that you look at the top priority UUPGs in NAME Affinity which are listed below. See the map for exploring priorities in different regions of Northern Africa and the Middle East and its diasporas.
Step 3 – Contact Us to Learn More
Embrace 25+ UUPGs of NAME
|UUPG Name & Location||PG #||Population|
|Palestinians of Egypt||11503||165,000|
|Palestinians of UAE||42885||82,000|
|Syrians of UAE||42886||34,000|
|Lebanese Arabs of Canada||43431||80,800|
|Syrian Arabs of Canada||43482||20,290|
|Iraqi Arabs of Canada||47414||27,900|
|Jews of Moldova||864||25,000|
|Jews of Afghanistan||24003||11,500|
|Jews of Venezuela||42201||16,000|
|Nuba Mountains of Sudan|
|Nyimang of Sudan||12125||135,000|
|Tagale of Sudan||12146||115,000|
|Liri of Sudan||42831||48,193|
|Wali of Sudan||12169||53,000|
|Rashaida of Sudan||12130||165,000|
|Air Tuareg of Niger||13592||307,468|
|Berber of Libya||11828||308,357|
|Konso of Ethiopia||11607||289,000|
|Dorze of Ethiopia||11571||65,000|
|Burji of Ethiopia||11561||83,000|
|Gumuz of Ethiopia||11589||185,000|
|Canary Islands (Saharawi, Hassaniyya)||47825||28,000|
|Siwa Berber of Egypt||22025||13,000|
|Egyptian Arabs of Canada||43390||43,700|
|Libyan Arabs of Canada||47409||3,700|
|Figuig Berber of Morocco|
|Riffi Berbers of Algeria||11269||285,000|
|Shawiya of Tunisia||12220||46,000|