Today’s mission fact from the Joshua Project: “Five countries have more than 500 people groups, with India exceeding 2200.”
We tend to think of national borders, if a country has been reached with the gospel. Often, if a single worker is there with the truth, we tend to mentally check it off.
We ought to think in terms of people groups. The message does not naturally cross ethnic and language barriers. Much prayer and thought ought to be given to reaching every people group in the world, not the numbers of nations.
Matthew 28.19 doesn’t refer to modern nation states, but to populations that share a common linguistic and historical heritage. By that count, the number of “nations” jumps from the hundreds to the thousands.
We still have much work to do.