John Piper, author, pastor, and theologian, is extremely passionate about God’s Word and making it known. You can watch a 2 minute clip of him speaking here where he recommends two websites: Joshua Project and People Groups. I’ve given more of an explanation after the video. Both websites are information-heavy, but valuable assets for knowledge of people and how to pray.
Joshua Project – Joshua Project is “a research initiative seeking to highlight the ethnic people groups with the least followers of Jesus Christ.” John Piper shares from the JP website, “1,569 peoples [ethno-linguistic people groups] … are not yet engaged with a missionary.”
On their website, you can look at any country, continent or region to learn about that area’s language, religions, and the current impact of the gospel there. For instance, in Indonesia there are 234 million people, yet only 5.6% is evangelical. Nearly 70% of the country’s population are considered “least-reached,” which means “there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group.” That’s pretty shocking! (Especially when compared to the USA’s 2.4%.) Is there a need for Bible translation and missions work? ABSOLUTELY!
People Groups – On PeopleGroups.org, you can learn about the millions of people groups around the world — where they are located, the primary religions, and how many people speak the language. Another cool resource if there is a country or people you feel compelled to support or pray for. If you have a friend who is a missionary in another country, what a great way to learn more about their mission!
You can also read more from John Piper at desiringGod.org.