UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
Most people think of the world as broken down into 232 countries. We can go to a world map and (after a few hazy moments) point to countries like Senegal, Mongolia, or Thailand. These countries are evident by their geographic barriers, either natural or man made.
The word "nations" is different. It comes from the word "ethnos" or "ethne." Its definition refers to a specific group of people who share the same culture, language, and religious beliefs, etc. These 17,000 groups may be living in the same geographic region or be scattered throughout many countries.
In the world today, about 7000 of these groups remain unreached (two percent or less evangelical). But we know there will be a remnant of each group in heaven around the throne! After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations (ethne), and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb . . . . (Revelation 7:9). It's the mandate of our generation to turn the Great Commission into the Great Completion!