Most of the Unreached Peoples in the World Are Illiterate
Over 70 percent of the world’s population consists of people who are oral learners — people who cannot or do not read. Most of the world’s unreached and unengaged people groups are preliterate. They are primarily oral learners who cannot read or write the language that they speak — often because their language has not yet been reduced to writing. Their lives are lived out in an oral fashion. They learn about events in their world, form their opinions, share knowledge, and entertain one another using only the spoken word.
The implications of this reality are obvious when one considers that Christianity has traveled on literate feet since the invention of the printing press. Over 90 percent of the resources for evangelism and discipleship were developed for highly literate people. Our discipleship methods not only use written resources, but present these written resources using Western forms of logic and teaching.