unreached people groups

Mobilizing to Unreached People Groups with Kim Tang


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About the Ministry

A group of indigenous evangelical leaders in Myanmar have mobilized to strategically reach unreached people groups in the country. An “unreached people group” or “UPG,” is a people group that has less than 2% Christian adherents.

For this project, indigenous missionaries are based at community mission stations in the state where most of the ethnic minorities are located. They began their inroads into these communities by starting services like teaching music, motorcycle repair, a barbershop, agriculture, and teaching English. These missionaries are reaching people who have never met a Christian, never heard the name of Jesus. Most have no Bible in their language.

Since 2018 when the project began, nearly 1000 people from unreached groups have been baptized. Many more have heard the Gospel through the “100 Villages” motorcycle outreach project. Because of the influx of new first-generation believers, these partners, under the leadership of Kim Tang, started a training program; the Antioch Institute of Missions (AIM). The AIM training program meets 3 times a year for 40 days. Recently, the first class graduated from the three-year program which includes, theology, practical ministry, homiletics, discipleship and more. 

The ministry also has 3 sewing ministries for young women from UPGs who are at risk for human trafficking, several education projects for children, including a pre-school in a primitive village where no education has ever been provided. Medical ministry and an audio gospel ministry complete the outreach departments that bring the Gospel to over a dozen unreached people groups in Myanmar. 

Since 2018, ten churches have been planted, 45 have graduated from the AIM three-year program, 200 completely unreached villages have been visited by motorcycle teams with another 100 villages being reached the summer of 2024. Audio gospel recordings are available in eight languages for those who cannot read. 

This ministry platform uses The Ancient Path (TAP) Gospel booklet to introduce the basic content of the Bible. Thousands of copies of TAP in eight different languages have been distributed. 

Meet the Leader: Kim Tang

Kim was saved in a local church in his community in 1999, at the age of 17. After high school graduation, he went to Bible college and Seminary, graduating in 2006. After graduation he became a church planter, successfully planting a church in a year and a half.

Desiring to have more education, he left for India and graduated with an M. Div. in 2010. Kim pastored for two more years before accepting the post of “Missions Mobilizer” with his denomination in 2013. After serving in that capacity for 2 years, in 2015 he accepted the post of Director of Missions and Evangelism. It was his vision to launch a pioneering movement of Unreached People Groups for his denomination.

Kim has relocated his family to this unreached people group mission field and when his term as Missions Director concludes, he will remain on this field as a Missions Director for this initiative to reach the many UPGs in this region.

Funding Priorities

Deposit for long term care for "Joseph God Saved" - $
Help support an indigenous missionary to UPGs in their country - $50
"Touch the Future" - meals for one student - $50
One-on-one staff aid for "Joseph God Saved" - $150
Support one lady from a UPG to attend a 3 month sewing course - $350

Prayer Requests

  • Nearly 1000 new believers from UPGs have been baptized since the project began in 2018. Many are enrolled in training at The Antioch Institute of Missions (AIM). Pray that they will grow in faith and knowledge to reach their own people group.
  • Pray for safety and the ability to continue reach unreached villages in spite of the hostilities in the country.

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“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.” (Titus 2:11)