In the early 1970's, Dr. Ralph
Winter began helping churches and mission agencies turn their
focus toward unreached peoples. In the early 1980's, mission agencies
began to talk in terms of people group adoptions. This led to
the birth of Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse. In November of 1989,
an "allied force" of 43 mission organizations and denominations
met at the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA to create
a "clearinghouse" to help match local churches with
unreached people groups for the purpose of "adoption"
and church planting. The original vision was for this clearinghouse
to act as a comprehensive tracking station to enable the Church
to see remaining gaps in its forces as it worked to see the completion
of the Great Commission.
AAPC was directed by Darrell Dorr, Dr. Winter's son-in-law.
An initial database of the world's unreached peoples and the
churches who had adopted these groups was compiled. Fifty North
American mission agencies were now partnering together, and
the Global Prayer Digest, a monthly prayer guide focusing on
frontier missions, produced from the U.S. Center, and the 1990
Unreached People's Pie Chart was released in poster form, showing
a full-color report of the task remaining.
Adopt-A-People consultation was held in October of 1990 at the
Wycliffe Centre in northwest London, attended by 42 mission
leaders from 15 countries and 32 agencies. The consultation
was co-sponsored by the International Society for Frontier Missiology,
the Global Network of Centers for World Mission, Global Mapping
International, and Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse. An important
initiative begun at the consultation was that of creating people
profiles for unreached peoples.
to circulate a bi-monthly "priority profile needs"
request list to highlight the urgent need of information for
certain peoples. Also created was a profile guideline for Perspectives
students and other researchers wanting to participate in the
collecting of information. Adopt-A-People liaison offices were
begun in Argentina, the Netherlands, Spain, New Zealand, Singapore,
and the Philippines.
11, 1991, Frank Kaleb Jansen took the helm as the new Executive
Director of Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse, while Stan Yoder of
World Partners had begun to serve as the Clearinghouse's Administrative
Director. Reports were already pouring in from churches all over
the world who had adopted a people group and were getting personally
involved. In 1993, the first documented list of unreached peoples,
"A Church for Every People," was released.
the Clearinghouse had moved its offices to Colorado Springs, CO
and on April 26, 150 delegates gathered at the third Adopt-A-People
Consultation. Here, a second document was released - this one
being 600 pages and providing the most detailed and up-to-date
assessment of how far the Body of Christ had come in taking the
gospel to every one of the then known 12,000 people groups on
earth. This massive research project was undertaken to help better
equip the Church as a harvest force.
titled "An Inquiry into the Progress of World Evangelization
toward AD 2000," echoed the booklet written by William Carey
in 1792 called "An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians
to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen." In it, each
people group was identified by language or dialect and population,
where known. They were then graded in terms of response and exposure
to the Gospel. A second category listed the resources available
for ministry such as literature, profiles, radio/television programming,
the Jesus Film, etc. The report was the result of a worldwide
survey by the Clearinghouse, conducted through the AD2000 and
Beyond Movement, MARC, the Summer Institute of Linguistics, the
Peoples Information Network, and the Southern Baptist Convention's
Foreign Mission Board. AD2000 director, Luis Bush, a member of
the editorial committee, said that the new report was significant
in helping bring "greater clarity and definition" to
what still had to be done.
90 mission agencies were partnering and new AAP offices had sprung
up in Korea, India, Norway, and South Africa. Besides having a
database of the world's unreached peoples, AAPC also had a database
of churches adopting unreached peoples, 1500 people group profiles,
Adopt-A-People prayer cards, advocate's kits, and a "how-to"
manual. When Frank Kaleb Jansen returned to Norway at the end
of 1994 to head the Scandinavian Regional Clearinghouse based
in Oslo, AAPC Board Member, Marv Bowers, took interim leadership
in cooperation with AAPC and several other agencies, Pastor Larry
Stockstill of Bethany World Prayer Center of Baker, LA agreed
to lead the incredible task of assembling research to produce
a collection of over 1000 Unreached People Prayer Profiles about
1632 people groups thus offering the Christian community a new
awareness tool to adopt a people group and pray for these peoples
with accurate information. There were now over 100 agencies partnering
with Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and AAPC had registered over
fall of 1996, Keith Butler, former U.S. Director of Frontiers
mission agency and the Chief Operations Officer of Paraclete
Mission Group, brought new energy and focus to AAPC, assisted
administratively by his wife, Dolores, and associate, Carey
Global Consultation on World Evangelization (GCOWE '97) in Pretoria,
South Africa, nearly 4000 delegates from 135 countries gathered
to pray and discuss ways on how to more effectively evangelize
the yet-to-be-reached people groups of the world. The theme
was "A Church for Every People, and the Gospel for Every
Person." More specifically, the focus was on a new "Joshua
Project" list of unreached people groups numbering 10,000
people or more. At the conference alone, 579 people groups were
of 1999, Dick Bashta, former Director of Global Strategy Mission
Association (GSMA) in Reserve, LA became AAPC's new director.
Dick's focus on mobilizing the church for church planting movements
begun in all remaining people groups has taken AAPC past their
initial focus on research and information to a new level of implementation
and partnerships with mission churches, organizations, and denominations.
From January 2003 – January 2005, AAPC housed their ministry within the offices of the Bible League in Crete, IL and then moved to a temporary address in Tinley Park, IL.
In April of 2006, our name changed to Global Adopt-A-People Network
(GAAPnet) and our office moved to Crown Point, IN, where we are located
within the complex of Living Stones Fellowship Church. GAAPnet continues to partner with mission organizations and serve local churches worldwide.