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Mapping Resources

Download free maps such as the latest GSEC map and KMLs to explore people groups in Google Earth 3D.


•  Interactive Maps
Choose from four interactive maps to (1) explore the People Groups of the world,  (2) explore Unreached People Groups, (3) explore Unengaged Unreached People Groups, and (4) Embrace the Ends of the Earth.

•  Affinity Groups
In a world with dissolving borders, global “affinity groups”—large groupings of related peoples that share similar origins, languages and cultures—act as a lens through which missionaries view lostness and focus strategy to share the gospel.

Focusing strategy through affinity groups gives missionaries a more complete picture of the people they are working to reach as well as the freedom to pursue the lost regardless of their location.

IMB has identified eight primary affinity groups (encompassing the world’s 11,000-plus known people groups). A ninth affinity group uniquely targets the world’s culturally Deaf peoples.

•  Progress / Global Status of Evangelical Christianity
The Progress Toward Engaging Unreached Peoples map illustrates progress toward a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ. As you view this map, rejoice in how the Gospel has spread among many peoples and pray for the 3,000 people groups that remain unreached and unengaged.

The Global Status of Evangelical Christianity (GSEC) map portrays the spread of the gospel among people groups by measuring:

• percentage of evangelicals
• access to evangelical resources
• recent church planting activity

The GSEC model provides critical information for strategic decision makers.

•  Light of the World
All followers of Christ are called to be the light of the world, but this light is unevenly distributed. In some corners of the globe there are no believers. Entire people groups live in absolute spiritual darkness. This map attempts to show the disparity of light around the world. Points of light represent evangelicals. Points of darkness represent the absence of evangelicals. To learn more about how you can shine your light in the darkest places, visit

Unengaged Unreached People Groups
A people group is unreached when less than 2 percent of its population is evangelical Christian.
A people group is unengaged when no evangelical church planting strategy is being implemented among them.

•  Explore People Groups in Google Earth
Google Earth allows you to explore the entire globe from your computer. You can view a variety of geographic data in KML format.
Global Research produces KML data sets highlighting the location of People Groups along with subsets of data for Unreached People Groups and Unengaged, Unreached People Groups.

ArcGIS Online Gallery
An online gallery of current interactive media we publish, including Virtual Prayerwalks, Map Carousels, an Affinity Group Country App, a Country Indices App, and more.

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