A couple of decades ago the International Board of Missions for the Southern Baptist Convention, along with many other evangelical mission organizations announced a strategy to reach the 10/40 Window of the world.
The 10/40 Window refers to the regions of the eastern hemisphere located between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator. It is an area of the world that has the least access to the Good News on the planet. The 10/40 Window includes Northern Africa and almost all of Asia, and is populated primarily by Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Animists, Jews and Atheist. Roughly two-thirds of the world population lives in the 10/40 Window.
It is obvious why evangelicals are concerned about spreading the Gospel throughout the 10/40 Window.
While visiting part of the 10/40 Window in China I learned of another window of priority among evangelicals. I learned about this window through a covert missionary/pastor who serves in China. There is a group of people in his part of the world trying to reach the 4/14 Window.
The 4/14 Window refers to every child in China between the ages of four and fourteen. As statistics reveal, people become less and less responsive to the Gospel after their teenage years. Or to put it another way, people are open to the Gospel at a younger age than any other age of their life. The older we get, the more settled we are in our own depravity. So this dear pastor has a desire to share the Gospel with every child from age four to fourteen in China.
It was good meeting this brother. He is definitely on the front lines of missions. His work is a covert work. He carries three cell phones with him at all times, to avoid any kind of tracking from the government.
After spending two days with him, I am convinced he and others just like him will share the Gospel with that age group in his generation. I have added him to my China prayer list.
Please join me today in praying for the 4/14 Window in China and everywhere else in between.