Mapping the Tribes of Zambia for Gospelink

I recently had the opportunity to map the tribal divisions of each of Zambia’s 73 indigenous tribes across its 10 provinces. The purpose of the map was to identify the locations of Gospelink-sponsored National Preachers in relation to the tribes they have immediate or potential access to. This was not an easy endeavor by any stretch, given many sources with incomplete or discrepant data. Once completed, this map was used by the Gospelink team in… Continue reading

Ethnolinguistic Groups of Colombia’s Pacific Region

The Pacific Region of Colombia stretches in a curved, arc-like fashion from Panama to Ecuador, encompassing an area teaming with natural beauty and rich biodiversity. Traveling inland from any point along the way will take you on an ascent from which a lush jungle coastline leads to high Andean mountain peaks. Divided into the departments of Chocó, Valle de Cauca, Cauca, and Nariño, the region is little known to outsiders; rather, its reputation is that… Continue reading

Colombia’s Unreached Tribes

Deep within the dense jungles and vast savannah regions of Colombia are nearly a hundred different tribes, each one a unique ethnos – an ethnolinguistic nation created by God. Most have little to no knowledge of Biblical Christianity and have never heard the gospel. The majority of these tribes still maintain their indigenous native American languages so some extent, though Spanish has increasingly been adopted. They vary in population size, from tens of thousands to… Continue reading

The People Groups of Nepal

Nepal is a country as varied ethnoliguistically as it is geographically. With an estimated population of over 30 million, it is home to hundreds of indigenous People Groups, most of whom are unreached with the gospel. I began my research into Nepal’s People Groups a decade ago as part of a larger project through Etnopedia which can be viewed at the Etnopedia Nepal page (a work in progress). As my research focus for the last… Continue reading

Mapping the People Groups of Cambodia

This map is the product of research I conducted to identify and locate Cambodia’s Unreached People Groups (UPGs) for the purpose of providing a country-wide overview for a network of indigenous Cambodian church planting missionaries. I have traveled previously through Cambodia, and expect to revisit again soon as I work through Gospelink to develop a research strategy for these missionaries. Cambodia’s population is estimated at almost 17 million of which there are between 18-23 indigenous… Continue reading

Mango Maps and South America Research

In the fall of 2022, I began splitting my time in research and mapping of Ethnic People Groups between the needs of ALTECO in South America and Gospelink in 16 countries across several continents. To accommodate the massive new demands, my focus on the Amazon jungle region has had to narrow (become more refined) somewhat. I worked out as a goal with our South America team that for the first half of 2023 I would… Continue reading

Mapping the People Groups of Mozambique

For the last ten years, my focus has been to help missionaries in South America leverage research as a practical tool for ministry planning and outreach in the most remote and difficult to access regions of the Amazon jungle. While that focus has not changed, now that I also serve with Gospelink, the scope this work extends worldwide. A country of over 31 million, the Republic of Mozambique is located in southeastern Africa. As the… Continue reading

What is Etnopedia and why is it so important?

We are encouraged by all the questions we get about this important project that we first started working with full time in 2011 as we lived in Oaxaca, Mexico, and continued to be a part of through the years since while serving with ALTECO and now also with Gospelink. While on its surface, Etnopedia.org is an editable website, it is in fact much more. Etnopedia is a multi-lingual, international community of Evangelical Christians vested in… Continue reading