I was able to get through to Greg, a representative from New Tribes’ Mobilization department. I asked him, in view of “List-mania,” where did New Tribes get their total of “2500 unreached peoples.”
His response? ” We get our figures from our department in NTM that handles such things. They suggest we use the figure of 2500. I do not believe they would claim that the number is precisely 2500 people groups but more a rough estimate.” He went on to say, “In NTM, with our focus primarily on language groups as people groups, we would generally consider such estimates in light primarily of distinct language groups who do not have the Scriptures, do not have or have not had what we would consider a viable Gospel witness in their mother tongue, and obviously no contingent of true believers.”
Well, you already know where I’m going on all this. Once again, I’ll opine, “Can’t we all just get along?” I could see a variance of, say, 1000 people groups. I just regret when there’s a variance of *thousands*. I continue to campaign for a simple solution: Everybody give their corrections to joshuaproject.net. In my opinion, it’s the most *developed* site, the easiest to grasp, and the one with the data out there on the table. If they’re wrong on 3000 groups, please give them the correct figures, for Pete’s sake. If they’re not wrong, then why not quote them?
That’s my two cents. What’s your opinion? Just click “comment” at the web version of this item (noted below). I’ll be looking for your response.