All about the PGA

It’s important to be able to accurately gauge where best to direct missionaries and resources to reach the unreached.

It was a week of training that Susie Locklin won’t soon forget. She was in Tanzania for PGA training.

“No, PGA doesn’t have anything to do with golf,” Susie said.

Actually, in Susie’s context, taking PGA instruction meant participating in NTM’s People Group Assessment training.

People Group Assessments help New Tribes Mission assign missionaries to strategic locations. The goal is to gather enough information about a group of people to be able to plan wisely how to deploy the right resources for helping a given people group have the opportunity to hear the gospel in their heart language.

“But we didn’t just look at criteria,” Susie says. “We also learned how to measure the criteria and how to do research. Doing this includes interviewing missionaries and pastors who know that group of people, doing multilingualism questionnaires, talking to government officials and visiting with village chiefs.”

Soon it was time to put the training to good use. Susie and several other missionaries had a specific group to assess.

“We made it to our destination and back safely,”