Imagine you’re a mission strategist in charge of a worldwide evangelism budget. What must you know to make efficient and wise choices?
That’s the challenge posed in the new Gospel Outreach “Adopt a Bible worker” brochure, which has just been released.
The world population recently topped 7.5 billion. More than 4 billion have had at least some exposure to the gospel, leaving an estimated 3.16 billion who haven’t been reached, according to the Joshua Project.
Of the 3.16 billion unreached, 3.06 billion live in an area that many mission strategists call the 10/40 Window. That’s nearly all of the unreached–97 percent!
The 10/40 Window is a rectangular region found between 10 and 40 degrees north latitude. It includes North Africa, the Middle East, India, China, the Philippines and scores of neighboring countries.
It’s home to Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. There’s a large nonreligious block too.
Compared with other areas in the world, little is being done to reach the 10/40 Window, and yet it holds the key to fulfilling the Great Commission. It’s the last great frontier for evangelism before Jesus returns.
“No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once.”
As missions advocate Oswald J. Smith has said, “No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once.”
Since 1993, Gospel Outreach has focused on telling the story of Jesus in the 10/40 Window. One of the most effective ways to do this is by sponsoring indigenous Bible workers who have a desire to share their love for the Lord among their own people. They already understand the culture, language, religion and social environment of the people living around them. And they can be sponsored through the Gospel Outreach Adopt-a-Worker program for $150 per month per worker, on average.