Largest unreached people group is the Quechua-Apurimac

By November 9, 2010

Peru (MNN) — Prayer can make all the difference in our lives. Christ prayed constantly and showed us how we to pray. Hebrews 5:7 says, "During the days of Jesus' life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission." As Christians, prayer is our one-on-one connection with God, and we can go to Him with our petitions.

According to PIONEERS*, the largest unreached people group in the Western Hemisphere is the Quechua-Apurimac. The population of the Quechua-Apurimac people is 278,000, and less than one percent of this people group has been evangelized. There is a large need for viable churches and missionary presence in the Antabamba, Cotabamas, and Aymaraes regions to bring the hearts of the people to Christ.

PIONEERS requests prayer that missionaries will be able to find and share Christ with the Quechua-Apurimac people. Pray specifically that a Quechua-Apurimac believer who is being discipled in the city of Arequipa will feel the call to share his newfound faith with others in his region. There is a need for cross-cultural missionary teams to join in reaching these people, as well.

The Quechua populate the western side of South America, running from Columbia down to the southern parts of Chile. Specifically, the Quechua-Apurimac group has settled in Peru, living in scattered villages around the Andes highland region.

PIONEERS distributes weekly prayer requests for the missionaries and laborers who are going out into the world and planting the Gospel in the hearts of unreached people groups such as the Quechua-Apurimac. Sign up to receive the prayer lists at their Web site.

*PIONEERS-USA, an organization dedicated to mobilizing teams to go out into the world and share the Gospel with unreached people groups.


  • Michelle says:

    I am studying Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. I’m submitting a proposal for a project on Unreached People Groups (UPG). I’m trying to research the largest UPG in the world and need updated information as this article dated November 2010 list the Quechua-Apurimac as the largest UPG. If this has changed, can someone provide me with updated demographics and a geographical location on the largest UPG? Thank you in advance and blessings to you and yours!

  • Ruth Kramer says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for your question. This was a story from PIONEERS USA. My suggestion is that you contact them with your question as they would have the most updated information.

    .800.755.7284 (International)
    407.382.6000 (Local)
    407.382.1008 (Fax)

    Hope this helps!

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