“The Central Asian Peoples Affinity group consists of an estimated 300,000,000 people around the world with a Turkic, Persian, or Northern Caucasian ethno-linguistic background.  Status of evangelization: Approximately 0.03% (0.0003) of all people of Central Asian ethno-linguistic background are Christians; therefore, percentage-wise, Central Asians are the most unreached peoples of the world.  from Central Asian Peoples: a season of prayer by IMB.

0.03 percent means 3 in 10,000 are Christians.

Where is central Asia?

The Caucasus and Central Asia Political Map 2000

You can learn more about Central Asian Peoples at the IMB website page: Central Asian Peoples.

peopleinterna  People International is an organization I partner with that is focused on Central Asian Muslim peoples. You can read about them here at their ABOUT US page.


I would encourage you to learn more about these least reached of the unreached peoples.

Here is a blog post I wrote on the 9 clusters of peoples in the Turkic peoples affinity bloc

Here are links to learn more about central Asian peoples:

Persian-Median peoples affinity group         Turkic peoples affinity group

Then under each of these are the people clusters for them. These are groupings of people groups that are geographically near each other or related in some way.  Remember: people groups are made of real people who have faces and names and life stories. And we all need Jesus. But almost all of these peoples lack access to the gospel: there are so few if any Christians among them that they cannot readily even hear about Jesus and what He has done for them.

Persian-Median people clusters:

“Overview: The Persian-Median bloc of peoples stretches from Turkey to Pakistan.  The peoples of the Persian-Median affinity bloc all speak related languages that have their origins some 3,500 years ago. Many of these peoples, such as the Persians, the Pashtun in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the Kurds in Iraq, Iran and Turkey, are much in the news today. Historically, they have been very important.” edited and added from PeopleGroups.org from the Persian-Median affinity bloc page

from PeopleGroups.org about the Persian_Median peoples affinity bloc:

“QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 187 (my note:  this is across countries)      

Population: 176,510,525

Unreached people groups: 184  

UPG population: 176,450,625    

Unengaged UPGs: 87      

UUPG population: 11,189,825      

Number of clusters: 11        

Number of countries: 44″

The list shown here in blue has the people clusters (from PeopleGroups.org) of this affinity bloc.  These links will tell you the names of the people groups within each cluster, and give you a face to associate with that cluster.  As you look at these, would you take a moment to ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to these people groups and clusters?  Remember, these are part of the most unreached peoples of the world by percent.   Aimaq; Baloch; Domari; Kurd; Luri-Bakhtiari; Nuristan; Parsee; Pashtun; Persian; Tajik; and Talysh

Countries the people groups from these clusters may be found in are (from PeopleGroups.org): Afghanistan; Armenia; Australia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bahrain; Belgium; Canada; China; Denmark; Egypt; France;Georgia; Germany; Greece; India; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Italy; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan;Lebanon; Libya; Malaysia; Netherlands; New Zealand; Oman; Pakistan; Qatar; Russia; Saudi Arabia; Sri Lanka; Syria; Tajikistan; Turkey; Turkmenistan; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States; Uzbekistan; Yemen

Turkic peoples clusters:

“”Overview: For most of the last 800 years, Turkic peoples have been among the least accessible to the Gospel–chiefly as a result of the intertwining political and religious opposition to anything perceived as Western, including Christianity. The collapse of the Muslim Ottoman Empire in 1920 and the Marxist Soviet Union in 1991 created new opportunities to reach some of these peoples. The nine people clusters that comprise the Turkic Peoples affinity bloc are overwhelmingly Muslim. Less than 1% of all Turkic people profess Christian faith, and most of those who call themselves Christian are nominally Orthodox–their ancestors pressured by Russian authorities to become Christian.” — Patrick Johnstone, The Future of the Global Church, pp. 221-222        This is from PeopleGroups.org from the Turkic peoples affinity bloc page.

from PeopleGroups.org about the Turkic peoples affinity bloc:

“QUICK FACTS:     

People groups: 179 (my note:  this is across countries)      

Population: 177,034,535

Unreached people groups: 175       

UPG population: 176,877,535          

Unengaged UPGs: 97

UUPG population: 4,715,935      

Number of clusters: 9            

Number of countries: 44″

The list shown here in blue has the people clusters (from PeopleGroups.org) of this affinity bloc. These links will tell you the names of the people groups within each clsuter, and give you a face to associate with that cluster.  As you look at these, would you take a moment to ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to these people groups and clusters?  Remember, these are part of the most unreached peoples of the world by percent.  Altaic; Azerbaijani; Kazakh; KyrgyzTurkish; Turkmen; Ural-Siberian; Uyghur; Uzbek

Countries the people groups from these clusters may be found in are (from PeopleGroups.org):  Afghanistan; Australia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Canada; China; Cyprus;Denmark; Egypt; France; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kosovo; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Macedonia; Moldova;Mongolia; Netherlands; Pakistan; Romania; Russia;Saudi Arabia; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Tajikistan; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States; Uzbekistan