COFFEE, COKE, AND CANDY SURE, CHRIST NOT EXACTLY!

Nescafe“Instant coffee can make its way to this village (I bought some from a seller this morning), but the gospel hasn’t yet.” 😥 -Missionary Michelle Hardesty

Those words came to me by way of a text from one of our single young ladies serving as a missionary with our team in Cambodia. She is visiting this village (Kbal Konlong) with one of our Bible college students named Makara, for a couple of days. If I understand correctly Makara was led to Christ by a Filipino missionary in another village about an hour away while she was learning English from him.

Michelle also told me that Makara’s village has over 500 households and 90 percent of them have not only NEVER HEARD THE GOSPEL ONCE, but HAVE NEVER HEARD THE NAME OF JESUS EVEN ONCE!  

LET THAT SINK IN FOR JUST A MOMENT!

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, China, and countless other countries in the 1040 Window are all in the same boat. Village after village, town after town, no church, no pastor, no missionary, and no Christians to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

cokecandyWe have been able to get Coke, Coffee, and some of our favorite candies to these countries, we just haven’t been able to get Christ there!

Michelle also texted these words, “I’m reading Kisses from Katie and she said that living in a Third World Country makes her feel like she’s emptying the ocean with an eye dropper. Just one small drop at a time. That’s about how it feels at this point in my life being a missionary in a Third World Country (Cambodia). Even though we have a great team here, there’s just so much more to do, and we are in a small country (15 million people). 

eye dropperI have been doing a lot of that (crying) these days … and yet, at the same time, I wouldn’t trade this heartache for anything the world could ever offer. It’s a privilege to serve even if it’s only one little eye dropper …”

O Lord, give us more young ladies and young men like Michelle. Men and women willing to leave the comforts and conveniences of America to make a small dent for Christ and the cause of Christ where the need is so great. Give us some men and women who are willing to leave family, friends, financial security, future ambitions, and everything that is familiar to them, making a small dent for Christ and the cause of Christ where the need is the greatest!

Matthew 9:35-38, And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36  But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

“In the vast plain to the north I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been.” – Missionary Robert Moffat

 

Questions Worth Asking, Part Two

FullSizeRenderActs 1:8, But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

My wife and I left Bangkok just a few hours ago. We are Chaing Khong, Thailand to spend some time with our team sent out of Pacific Baptist Church in Long Beach. We will spend a week with Tom and Sue Sutrick. They are heroes of mine. I will have the privilege to preach and teach for their church in the mountains as well as teach some pastors from both the Thailand and Laos side of the borders. Looking forward to it!

I wrote and posted the following words yesterday.

“Yesterday, while doing my daily Bible reading and reading the well-known and often preached from Great Commission passage above, and at the same time looking out my hotel window at the city of Bangkok (10-12 million people), which is pictured above, a very  sobering thought occurred to me. When it comes to serving God, and especially concerning the Great Commission, there are a few questions that are worth asking. But before we go there, let’s say right upfront that all of us that are saved by the precious blood of Christ are obligated to be involved with this matter of winning people to Christ and discipling believers, whether ‘around the corner’ or ‘around the world.'”

The questions we considered in yesterday’s post were:

  • “WHAT do YOU want me to do?”
  • “WHERE do YOU want me to do it?”
  • “HOW do YOU want me to do it?”
  • “WHEN do YOU want me to do it?”

Just prior to leaving our hotel in Bangkok, I posted the picture above with these words on Instagram and Twitter:

“Looking for a great place to win souls, baptize converts, disciple believers, start a church or two? How about Bangkok, Thailand? You’ll find 10-12 million people. Maybe 5 or 6 IB Baptist churches with a total of 300 church members in the entire city. And a couple of those are strictly Filipino congregations. Less than two percent of Thai people are professing ‘Christians.’ Just a thought! 🤔”

And then I thought about a few more really good questions worth pondering:

  • “How is it that a city with this many lost and ‘unchurched’ people can have so few churches when cities all over America have so many churches?”  
  • “Why are so few ‘committed Christians’ even seriously pondering coming to a city like Bangkok, a country like Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, or countless countries in the Middle east, while they are willing to settle down where there are countless Christians and churches?”
  • “Does God love these people over here?” 
  • “Does God want these Buddhist people to be saved?”
  • “Is God sending everyone to the easy, comfortable, and convenient places, or are we simply not hearing and heeding ‘the call’?”

I am just thinking if more of us would ask these questions with an Open Bible, an Open Map, and an Open Heart,there would be more laborers on this side of the Pacific Ocean!

“To know the will of God all one needs is an open Bible and an open map.”

“My biggest fear, even now, is that I will hear Jesus’ words and walk away, content to settle for less than radical obedience to Him. ”

Just asking a few questions!!!  

Questions Worth Asking

FullSizeRenderActs 1:8, But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

This morning, while doing my daily Bible reading and reading the well-known and often preached from Great Commission passage above, and at the same time looking out my hotel window at the city of Bangkok (10-12 million people), which is pictured above, a very  sobering thought occurred to me.

When it comes to serving God, and especially concerning the Great Commission, there are a few questions that are worth asking. But before we go there, let’s say right upfront that all of us that are saved by the precious blood of Christ are obligated to be involved with this matter of winning people to Christ and discipling believers, whether “around the corner” or “around the world.” And, it’s “around the world” that I would especially like to focus on today!

Over the past five weeks, having the opportunity to be in Cambodia (less than 2 percent professing “Christian”), Laos (less than 2 percent professing “Christian”), Thailand (less than 2 percent professing “Christian”), and Myanmar (less than 9 percent professing “Christian”) it has been a really good reminder that there are a lot of folks over on this side of the Pacific who desperately need Jesus.

And, here’s the kicker, many of them will live their entire lives without ever having a chance to hear the Gospel, and in some cases, hear the name of Jesus!

As Hudson Taylor once noted, “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” William Carey once said, “It is the duty of all those entrusted with the Gospel to endeavor to make it known unto the nations.” In other words, the Great Commission is an obligation, it isn’t an option for the Christian!

“Every saved person this side of heaven owes the gospel to every lost person this side of hell.” – David Platt

As I was thinking about the great need here in this part of the world, as well as other countries in the 10/40 Window including China (less than 5 percent professing “Christian”), I thought to myself there are a few really important questions that each of us should be asking God.

  • “WHAT do YOU want me to do?”
  • “WHERE do YOU want me to do it?”
  • “HOW do YOU want me to do it?”
  • “WHEN do YOU want me to do it?”

IMG_2360Every once in a while I think we have to get real with God, take a risk, and ask God what HE wants us to do? WHERE HE WANTS US TO DO IT?, How He wants us to do it? and WHEN HE WANTS US TO DO IT?

Why not take a risk today?

I am just thinking if more of us would ask these questions with an Open Bible, an Open Map, and an Open Heart, there would be more laborers on this side of the Pacific Ocean!

“To know the will of God all one needs is an open Bible and an open map.” – William Carey

“My biggest fear, even now, is that I will hear Jesus’ words and walk away, content to settle for less than radical obedience to Him. ”

Just asking a few questions!

Why Consider Serving in the 10/40 Window, Part 3

1040 WindowMatthew 28:19-20, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

Acts 1:8,   But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

As I mentioned in part one of this series, for all of us, life is filled with choices!

ChoicesWe choose who we will marry. We choose where we will live. We choose where we will go to school. We choose what vocation to pursue. And, for those of us who are in the ministry, we choose where we will serve.

Yes, we choose!

In our first post on this topic, we saw that one reason that we should seriously consider serving in the 10/40 Window is because OUR LORD GAVE US THE GREAT COMMISSION! And, of course, this Commission is still binding upon us today, to “GO” into all the world, and the 10/40 Window is a part of that world!

In our second post, we saw that another really good reason for considering serving in the 10/40 Window is because THE NEED IS SO GREAT!

Just a reminder, these thoughts are not necessarily in order of importance. To be honest with you, they are all important!

There’s another really good reason that all of God’s people should seriously consider serving in the 10/40 Window. This is not only a good reason, but a sobering reminder.

We should consider serving in the 10/40 Window because there is a literal hell that lost men and women go to if they do not turn to, and trust Jesus Christ as their only hope for salvation!

If there is a literal place called hell, a place that men and women are separated from God and suffering for all eternity, and understanding that the vast majority of the people in the 10/40 Window will never hear the Good News, and in many cases, never hear the name of Jesus, this should in and of itself should compel us to “GO!” 

HellRevelation 20:11-15, And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

IS THERE A HELL?

How we answer this question SHOULD CHANGE EVERYTHING. Not only for the lost man, but for the saved man also. And, for those of us serving God full-time!

It should change how we LIVE. How and who we LOVE. How and who we SERVE. What we GIVE. What we are willing to SACRIFICE.

CHOICES

Where we are willing to GO. Where we are willing to LIVE!!!!

Why Consider Serving in the 10/40 Window?, Part 2

1040 WindowMatthew 28:19-20, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

Acts 1:8,   But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

As I mentioned in part one of this series, for all of us, life is filled with choices!

We choose who we will marry. We choose where we will live. We choose where we will go to school. We choose what vocation to pursue. And, for those of us who are in the ministry, we choose where we will serve.

Yes, we choose!

Over the next few days or so, I would like to consider WHY WE SHOULD CONSIDER SERVING IN THE 10/40 WINDOW!

Yesterday, I said one reason that we should CONSIDER SERVING IN THE 10/40 WINDOW is simply because our Lord Jesus has given us the Great Commission. A Commission to GO INTO ALL THE WORLD and proclaim the Good News of Jesus love and forgiveness, and that world includes the 10/40 Window. There’s definitely a second reason we should all CONSIDER SERVING IN THE 10/40 WINDOW.  

THE NEED FOR THE GOSPEL IS GREATEST IN THE 10/40 WINDOW!

UPG 1Approximately 4.89 billion individuals residing in approximately 8,181 distinct people groups are in the revised 10/40 Window. 5,587 (68.3%) of these people groups are considered unreached and have a population of 3.02 billion. This means approximately 62% of the individuals in the 10/40 Window live in an unreached people group.

The 10/40 Window is home to some of the largest unreached people groups in the world such as the Shaikh, Yadava, Turks, Moroccan Arabs, Pashtun, Jat and Burmese. There are hundreds of millions of people in our world who will live their entire lives having never met a Christian, never hearing the Gospel, and never hearing the name of Jesus even once prior to their death and nearly these live in the 10/40 Window.

UPG -2An estimated 3.02 billion individuals live in approximately 5,587 unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window. The 10/40 Window also contains the largest unreached peoples over one million in population.  In addition, the 10/40 Window contains the overwhelming majority of the world’s least evangelized megacities — that is those with a population of more than one million. The top 50 least evangelized megacities are all in the 10/40 Window. That fact alone underscores the need for prioritizing 10/40 Window Great Commission efforts!

Take these numbers above, along with the fact that we are told that 95 percent of all full-time Christian workers are serving only 5 percent of the people, and 5 percent of all full-time Christian workers are trying desperately to serve the other 95 percent of the people in the world and we see the NEED IS GREAT!

UPG -3It would seem to make sense that those of us who are committed to Christ, the cause of Christ, and the Great Commission, should be willing to go where the need is greatest, unless we were specifically told otherwise.

Romans 15:20-21,  Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: 21  But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.

“We don’t need to hear a voice, we have a verse. We don’t need a call, we have a command!” – Jim Eliot

 

 

Why Consider Serving in 10/40 Window?

1040 WindowMatthew 28:19-20, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

 Acts 1:8,   But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

For all of us, life is filled with choices! We choose who we will marry. We choose where we will live. We choose where we will go to school. We choose what vocation to pursue. And, for those of us who are in the ministry, we choose where we will serve.

Yes, we choose!

Over the next few days, I would like to consider why some of us, who have chosen to follow Christ and serve Him full-time, should prayerfully consider serving in the part of the world known as the 10/40 Window. There are many different reasons we can consider when dealing with this topic. Yet, we will only consider a few of the most notable. And, they will not necessarily be in order of importance.

Why Consider Serving in the 10/40 Window?

As God’s people, we have been given what is known as the Great Commission, to go into all of the world to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, and the 10/40 Window is part of that world in which we have been called!

Nothing real complicated about that is there? Just trying to keep it simple!

Just prior to Jesus leaving earth and returning to sit at the Right Hand of the Father, He left His disciples with the Great Commission, and that Commission still stands for us today!

Luke 24:47-49, And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48  And ye are witnesses of these things. 49  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

OmissionSadly, and to our shame, when talking about the 10/40 Window, the Great Commission has become the Great Omission. It is the great unfinished task of our day, and for some reason, few of us seem to be overly concerned about it!

“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered, but a command to be obeyed!” – Hudson Taylor

Oh, My!

Happy surprised manJust spent a week in the Bible-belt. The weather was great! The food was fantastic. The folks are so friendly and hospitable. Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia are beautiful states. In fact, beyond beautiful!  Oh, and did I mention the churches?

Oh, My!

In the same way it is difficult to describe the physical and spiritual poverty found in the 10/40 Window to someone who has never been there, it would be hard to describe just how many churches, especially Baptist churches, are in this part of America.

Oh, My!

churchesThere’s a church on just about every corner. In fact, there’s often a couple of churches on the same corner. And, in some cases, there’s two churches, on what appears to be the same piece of property. You can hardly go more than a block or two without seeing a church, and more often than not, a Baptist church. And, in far too many cases, more than one Baptist church.

Oh, My!

You can hardly go anywhere without meeting Baptist people. You go to a restaurant you hear folks introducing themselves, and next out of their mouth, you’ll hear the words, “I attend such and such Baptist church. Along with the churches, you see the billboards and bumper stickers!

Now, don’t get me wrong! I am thankful for the many churches in the Bible-belt. Thank God for Shubal Stearns and the Sandy Creek Revival I am thankful for the name of Jesus being lifted up by the tens of thousand churches in the Bible-belt. I am thankful that many of these churches are proclaiming the gospel and people are being saved, and lives are being changed. I am grateful that both adults and children can have a church they can call home. I am grateful for the “Christian” influence.  But I still just have to say …

Oh, My!

Everywhere I go–including the Bible Belt, where churches, especially Baptist churches abound–I hear this same statement, “We need more ‘good churches’ here.” Of course, there’s always some truth to that statement, but there are parts of the world where there are NO CHURCHES. Not one. Absolutely none! Not good churches. Not bad churches. NO CHURCHES! 😏 And again, to that, i just have to say …

Oh, My! Why such a disparity in the placement of churches?

Harvest filedsMatthew 9:37-38,   Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Retiring Well!

Retirement2 Timothy 4:5-8,  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 6  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

If you are “in the know” when it comes to the Baby Boomer generation (those born between 1946-1964), you know that we are getting up there in years, and many are  either already retired or are near that retirement age. Of the Baby Boomers, it has been said:

Baby boomers are associated with a rejection or redefinition of traditional values. Many commentators, however, have disputed the extent of that rejection, noting the widespread continuity of values with older and younger generations. In Europe and North America, boomers are widely associated with privilege, as many grew up in a time of widespread government subsidies in post-war housing and education, and increasing affluence.

As a group, baby boomers were the wealthiest, most active, and most physically fit generation up to the era in which they arrived, and were amongst the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time. They were also the generation that received peak levels of income; they could therefore reap the benefits of abundant levels of food, apparel, retirement programs, and sometimes even “midlife crisis” products. 

I have been back in the States for six months now. In just a few weeks, Lord willing, my wife and I will return to Asia. As I travel from church to church, it is very clear, we are getting older. So here’s the question, “What will we do in the latter years of our lives?” “What will we do during the retirement years?”  As one author noted:

Then there is the reality of the game itself: The clock is running. What once looked like an eternity ahead of you is now within reach. And while you do not fear the end of the game, you do want to make sure that you finish well, that you leave something behind that no one can take away from you. If the first half was a quest for success, the second half is a journey to significance.

In another place, the same author wrote:

When our fathers approached the midpoints of their lives, their big questions revolved around retirement: Can I hold on another twenty years? Will I have enough money to retire? With another thirty to forty years of increased potential ahead of us, our big question has become, “What am I going to do with the rest of my life?”

Sharing Gospel TomWhat are we going to do with the rest of our lives? Are we going to simply retire and relocate to  Arizona or Florida? Will we send the latter years of our lives traveling? Playing shuffleboard?

How about giving your last days on the mission field?

That’s what Tom and Sue Sutrick did. After spending the vast majority of their lives living in America, living a comfortable life, and then retiring, they chose to go to the mission field. They are have now been serving God, among the Hmong people in northern Thailand for the past 5 years or so. And, God is using them greatly.

IMG_1861This past week they conducted two Vacation Bible Schools in two different villages in the mountains of Thailand. They had over 150 children/teens attend and 20 make professions of faith. Now, I think you would agree with me, that’s a whole lot better than shuffleboard!

What are you going to do in the latter years of your life? What are you going to give yourself to? Who are you going to give yourself for?

There might just be some children, teens, and young adults on the other side of the ocean who could desperately use an older couple to love them to Jesus!

IMG_1865“The real test of a man is not when he plays the role that he wants for himself, but when he plays the role destiny has for him.” —Vaclav Havel

 

 

Is Safety First the Issue?

SAFETY 1Matthew 10:16-19,  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17  But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 18  And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 19  But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

The headlines of this morning’s USA TODAY read, “Americans ask: Where can I be safe?” Now it may be true that Americans are asking, “Where can I be safe?” 

Yet, as Christians, we must be asking, “Where can I be useful?” And “Where is the need greatest?”

Most of us, if we were to be honest, would readily admit that we live in a safety first society. Many, if not most of our decisions are based upon safety, comfort, and convenience.

Take a few moments and think about it. Before moving into a new neighborhood, we often ask ourselves, “Is it safe to live here?” Before enrolling our children into a new school, we often ask ourselves, “Will they be safe there?” Before taking a trip, we often ask ourselves, “Are these roads safe?” Before purchasing a new vehicle, we often consider the safety of that vehicle. We have safety seat, safety helmets,  safety precautions, etc… And of course, the list goes on, and on, and on!

While there is nothing inherently wrong with these things and asking these questions and questions like them, one of the UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES of this safety first mindset is that we often carry it over into our Christian lives and service for the Lord.

We actually start to believe that the safest place to be is in the will of God. Really? We might want to ask some of the OT Prophets about that. How about John the Baptist? Was he in the will of God when his head was severed from his shoulders? How about 11 of the original 12 disciples? All but the beloved John died martyrs deaths, and John died alone imprisoned on Patmos. Oh yes, and let’s not forget the Apostle Paul. After many years of suffering greatly for Christ and the cause of Christ, he was eventually put to death. Over the past 2,000 years millions have suffered greatly and murdered. Why?  Because they were in the will of God.

Doesn’t sound safe to me!

SAFETY 2I have an assignment for you. Do a study of the “SAFETY FIRST” way of thinking. See what you come up with. :^) You cannot possibly come up with a “SAFETY FIRST” way of thinking, when it comes to serving Christ by searching the scriptures. It’s just not there!

Is this not ONE of the reasons that Christians and churches abandoned the inner-cities of our country years ago? When you think about it, this might very well be that there are fewer going to the mission field today than ever before. Of course, even fewer are going to the most difficult and dangerous places of the world with the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. And, this would probably explain why, we as parents, often won’t allow our children to “GO!”

The men and women we tend to admire, whether in the scriptures, church history, or even in secular history, were men and women who made decisions based, not on asking themselves and others, “What is safe?,” but instead asking, “What is right?” and/or “What is needed?”

If we are going to accomplish what Christ intended for His church to accomplish we are going to have to rethink this “SAFETY FIRST” mindset that has slipped into our homes and our churches.

“The Great Commission will not be accomplished by those for whom safety is a main concern.” —Paul Borthwick‬

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Do We Believe? Do We Care?

compassion01.jpg“And of some have compassion, making a difference” (Jude 22)

Over the past few weeks–well to be honest, it’s been a few months now–I have been pondering the questions, “Do we really believe?” and “Do we really care?”

Of course, these thoughts revolve around the great need for the Gospel in the world in general, but even more specifically in the part of the world, which we call the 10/40 Window, and what often seems to be a lack of compassion and concern of many Christians, especially those in the West!

Did you know that there are hundreds of millions of people in our world who will live their entire lives having never met a Christian, never hearing the Gospel, and never hearing the name of Jesus even once prior to their death and the vast majority of these live in the 10/40 Window.

Did you know?DID YOU KNOW?

  • There are twenty-nine countries in the world that have fewer than one percent professing Christians (in America over 70 percent to be “Christian”), and they are all found in the 10/40 Window.

  • There are another 35 countries in the world today with fewer than ten percent professing Christians, and almost all of these are in the 10/40 Window.

  • There are over seven billion people alive in the world today, and almost two-thirds of them live in the 10/40 Window.

  • Eighty-six percent of the Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus in the world will live their entire lives and die without ever meeting a Christian, and almost every one of these lives in the 10/40 Window.

  • Forty-three percent of the world’s people groups are considered unreached and the majority of these are found in the 10/40 Window.

  • Over 75,000 people die every day without ever having heard the name of Jesus even once, and the vast majority of these are found in this region.

  • Of the top fifty countries on the list of most persecution of Christians, forty-five of them are also found in this region.

  • For every one hundred dollars raised in Western churches, ninety-nine are spent on Christians; only one dollar is spent on evangelizing non-Christians, and of that one dollar, less than ten cents is spent to reach the almost 2.5 billion unreached people in our world in the 10/40 Window.

  • 95% of full-time Christian servants are serving 5% of the world’s population.

  • Only one in a thousand evangelical Christians ever go into cross-cultural ministry.

  • Of those who do go, more than 90 percent of them go into lands and to people who have already been evangelized, and less than 5 percent of them go to the 10/40 Window where two-thirds of the world is located!

  • There are 1,900 languages in the world (some 180 million people) that have NO Scripture in their own language, and most of these are found there also.

1040Of course, the people who are lost in the 10/40 Window are not “more lost” than your neighbor or family member who does not know Christ. But, they are “unreached” in the sense that they have not had an opportunity to hear the Gospel.

“The issue is not their lostness, but their access to the Gospel.”

People can be unevangelized without being unreached. There are people in the United States who have not heard the Gospel, but they can, if they choose to do so!

Most people living in the 10/40 Window could not learn about Jesus even if they wanted to! These are unreached people who do not have access to the Gospel.

CT StuddDid I firmly believe, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another, religion would mean to me everything. I would cast away earthly enjoyment as dross, earthly cares as follies, and earthly thoughts and feelings as vanity. Religion would be my first waking thought, and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness. I would labor in its cause alone. I would take thought for the morrow of Eternity only. I would esteem one soul gained for Heaven worth a life of suffering. Earthly consequences should never stay my hand, nor seal my lips. Earth, its joys and griefs, would occupy no moment in my thoughts. I would strive to look upon Eternity alone, and on the immortal Souls around me, soon to be everlastingly happy or everlastingly miserable. I would go forth to the world and preach to it in season and out of season, and my text would be, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” – Words of an atheist that stirred C.T. Studd to surrender his life to the mission field

JUST THINKING OUT LOUD!!!