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Unknown Nations

Make Jesus Known

Comstock Park, MI   |  www.unknownnations.com

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Mission

Unknown Nations is laser focused on bringing the gospel to nations (people groups) who have never had an opportunity to know Jesus. We have a network of 35 strategic outposts comprised of more than 1,400 indigenous missionaries throughout the 10/40 window. This network spans more than 9000 miles from West and north Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Through this vast network, Unknown Nations makes the Bible accessible to oral learners through the Treasure (a solar powered audio Bible) in the native tongue, while also facilitating discipleship and leadership training. Our ultimate goal is to create an indigenous church planting movement to fulfill Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8, while serving as the hands and feet of Jesus through humanitarian projects and economic development.

Ruling year info

1995

CEO/Executive Director

Mr. Gregory Kelley

Main address

4200 Alpine Ave NW

Comstock Park, MI 49321 USA

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Formerly known as

World Mission

EIN

38-3213457

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Treasure Distribution

Distribute Audio Bible (The Treasure) worldwide. Primarily focusing on people living in areas where there is little to no Christian influence or evangelical movement and who are oral learners.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Nomadic people
Victims and oppressed people

Humanitarian projects are important to Unknown Nations work. Through our network of 35+ strategic outpost leaders, humanitarian projects are identified for each community to soften hearts and be the hands and feet of Jesus. We pour resources into our 35+ strategic outposts (many with physical structures) throughout the 10/40 window that serve over 1,400 indigenous missionaries. Once our indigenous missionaries make a connection with previously unreachable, zero-access people groups, our teams begin discovery of language dynamics, potential needs, and ways to bridge access. We never do a humanitarian project in the absence of a gospel distribution. Humanitarian projects can soften hearts making unreached groups more open to hearing the Gospel. Humanitarian aid comes primarily in three forms: disaster relief, clean water projects and medical clinics.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Victims and oppressed people
Nomadic people

Training indigenous pastors to teach and spread the Gospel. Centers are built and being build in Africa and Asia. Some host conferences for one or several days, others provide a multi-year training program. When completed, the students return to their communities to minister among the unreached

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Alliance for the Unreached 2023

Our results

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Number of bibles requested and distributed

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Totals By Year
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Treasure Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are audio bibles sent in the heart language of oral learners in areas of the world where there is no access to the Gospel. These are distributed by our indigenous partners who also teach.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We will unveil the gospel of the kingdom for every oral learner living within an unreached people group.
Our goal over the next 5 years is to grow to the point that we are distributing 100,000 Treasures each year.

Unknown Nations connects with indigenous partners who already have a network of contacts throughout their regions and are not afraid to venture farther making new contacts. We assist our partners with leadership training, strategic humanitarian projects, team building with other indigenous partners, and the provision of Treasures and distribution support.

Unknown Nations has the availability of thousands of different languages for the Treasure (audio Bible). We are connecting with individuals, local churches, and other organizations/foundations who will assist us in this worldwide distribution. Our strengths include developing effective National Networks among Unreached People Groups, recording new languages, and partnering with other agencies who share our commitment to impact Unreached People Groups.

We are also opening and running discipleship centers and outposts to help our indigenous leaders train and send forth the next generation of disciples.

In fiscal 2020 we shipped 25,000 audio bibles to unreached people. In fiscal 2023 we shipped 85,000, and are targeting 100,000 for fiscal 2024.

Financials

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Unknown Nations

Board of directors
as of 12/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dave Dishaw

Victory Phones

MARK YOUNG

Western Creative

KURT POLL

Kamminga & Roedvoets

Sally Vanderploeg

Calvin College

Scott Baker

National Nail

John Grooters

Grooters Productions

Kevin Roosien

Kamminga & Roedovoets

Dave DiShaw

Victory Phones

James Parker

Steve Desutter

Kurt Koster

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable