Saturday, July 12, 2008

The War Zone

When there is going to be a war, you want to know where the war zone is. If you don't know where the war zone is, you might end up a casualty or miss the war altogether! The war zone for Christian missions before Christ returns is in the 10/40 Window!

The 10/40 WINDOW refers to an imaginary line from the 10th degree parallel north to the 40th degree parallel north.

STATISTICS ABOUT THE 10/40 WINDOW WAR ZONE:

Center of population: Two-thirds of the world's population -- more than 3.2 billion people -- live in the 10/40 Window.

Unreached and unevangelized:
95% of the people living in the 10/40 Window are unevangelized. Many have never heard the Gospel message even once. There are either no Christians or not enough of a Christian movement in many cultures of the 10/40 Window to carry out vibrant near-neighbor evangelism. If those groups are to be evangelized, believers will need to leave their own culture to enter another where they will seek to plant the gospel. Such cross-cultural evangelism is required because there are people groups with no church movements that are understandable or relevant to them.

Good news:
There's a difference between unreached and unreachable. In 1989 there were only four known Christians living in Mongolia. That country now has an estimated 10,000 indigenous believers. Also, Christian television programming can now be received in many closed 10/40 Window nations.

Poverty: Eighty-five percent of those living in the 10/40 window are the poorest of the world's poor.

Good news:
Christians delivered more than $1 million worth of food to just one 10/40 Window refugee camp in a recent year. In one North African country that is hostile to the Gospel, abundant rain fell after an Easter service. A local news channel reported, "Christians have brought rain to the desert."

World religions:
Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism are centered within the 10/40 Window.

Least evangelized cities:
Half of the world's least evangelized cities are in this window.

Global harvest: Countries in the area designated as the 10/40 Window

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