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ChurchWatch 09/10/08

2/3rds of the World's People Don't Know Jesus: Praying through the 10/40 Window

Window International Network is launching "Praying Through The Window 9: Global Terrorism & World Religions in the month-long 10/40 Window" intercession initiave, which will launch on October 1, 2007. The purpose of this annual prayer event is to see the religious walls of oppression in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia be brought down so that the Gospel can be preached to all who will hear.

The 10/40 Window is a rectangular-shaped area extending from West Africa to East Asia, from ten degrees north to forty degrees north of the equator. Often called "The Resistant Belt," this specific region, encompasses the majority of the world's Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists - billions of spiritually impoverished souls.

The 10/40 window includes Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

"Prayer moves the hand of God," says Window International Network president, Beverly Pegues. "Once there is sustained, strategic, and informed prayer in the 10/40 Window, we will witness massive numbers of unreached people coming to Christ.  Pray that it will happen in our generation."

Did you know that 2/3rds of the world's population is still unsaved? And it is estimated that 1.6 billion people have never heard the Gospel -- not even one time.

Here are some other important facts from Window International Network's Web site concerning the unreached of the world:

  • Nearly 4 billion people live here, including 90 percent of the world's poorest of the poor. It is estimated that 1.6 billion of these people have never had the chance to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ - not even once!
  • The seat of every major non-Christian religion - Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Animism, Atheism, and Sikhism - is headquartered in the 10/40 Window.
  • In many of the 67 countries represented in the 10/40 Window, witnessing the Christian Gospel means death. Truly, the 10/40 Window remains the darkest and most inhospitable territory to the cause of Christ and represents the greatest remaining stronghold of Satan.
  • Two-thirds of the world’s population (4 billion) live in the 67 nations of the 10/40 Window.
  • 95% of the people are unevangelized.
  • 90% of the people are the poorest of the poor, averaging $250 per family annually.
  • 43 of the 50 worst countries in the world for persecution of Christians are here.
  • Five pennies out of every $100 spent on missions goes to this desperately needy area of the world.
  • Illiteracy is widespread.
  • Terrorist organizations and child prostitution run rampant in many of these nations.
  • Horrific abuse of women and children remains unchecked.
  • Children as young as 18 months old are trained to be Jihad soldiers.

Learn more about the 10/40 Window at the Window International Network Web site.

Other helpful ministry Web sites regarding the 10/40 Window include:

The Asian Center for Missions

CBN WorldReach

AD 2000 and Beyond

The Joshua Project

Open Doors

AIMS: Accelerating International Missions Strategies

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