Welcome! We hope you have your boots on, because you’re about to cover a LOT of territory!
The Ocean 2 Ocean cluster includes the countries of Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. We are responsible for people groups within the countries of Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Madagascar, and other small islands. The Ocean 2 Ocean name is derived from the fact that these countries are located between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, which meet at the tip of Southern Africa.
The cluster is tremendously diverse in its landscape from desert to rain forest, from beautiful sandy beaches to rugged mountains. There are rural impoverished villages and modern urban centers. Some of our urban areas are world-class cities consisting of large international populations co-existing with shanty compounds with little to no infrastructure. The Indian Ocean Islands have their own unique culture influenced by the African main continent, Asia and their own island flare.
The majority of the people groups retain the long-time influence of animism in their belief system. We also work among some who hold, either strongly or nominally, to other major world religions. Many of the people groups are resistant to the gospel. But we are finding that some that are difficult to reach due to their remote location, are actually receptive to the gospel message.
UPGs & UUPGs:
There are currently 16 unengaged unreached people groups (UUPGs) in the cluster that have more than 100,000 population. There are over 50 unreached people groups (UPGs). Over 91 million people live in these countries and the vast majority do not have a clear understanding of how to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
A multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation of the Ocean 2 Ocean Cluster knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ.