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Affinity Groups Around the World  

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. A ninth affinity group uniquely targets the world’s culturally Deaf peoples.

Explore an interactive map or download these resources:

    2017 Affinity Group Poster (9 MB)

    2017 Affinity Group Presentation (8 MB)

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