What is the 10/40 window? Why is this part of the world so important? Below is an explanation of the 10/40 window with some sobering statistics to follow. We are instructed by Jesus to pray to the Lord of the harvest for more workers. This is an area of the world that needs an army of workers!
The term 10/40 window became popular in the early ‘90s as a way to describe the least reached part of the world. With more than 67% of the world’s population living in this region and most of the least evangelized countries and people groups of the world in this region, it should get our attention! There is a huge need for willing, tenacious, and tough gospel workers.
In simple terms, it is the area of the world between 10 and 40 degrees north latitude in the eastern hemisphere — a rectangular box that encompasses parts of Northern Africa, the Middle East and Asia. This is less than one-third of the world’s land mass, yet two-thirds (two-thirds!) of the global population lives within this area. Not only is this window heavily populated, but it is also characterized by extreme poverty and the highest concentration of people groups without access to the good news due to both resistance and lack of opportunities to reach them.
The following are some statistics from this region of the world that provide an idea of the scope of the task: