2009: Lift up your eyes & look...

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Missions statistics from the 10/40 Window:

* Center of population:Two-thirds of the world's population -- more than 3.2 billion people -- live in the 10/40 Window.

* Unreached and unevangelized: 95% of the people living in the 10/40 Window are unevangelized. Many have never heard the Gospel message even once.
o Good news: There's a difference between unreached and unreachable. In 1989 there were only four known Christians living in Mongolia. That country now has an estimated 10,000 indigenous believers. Also, Christian television programming can now be received in many closed 10/40 Window nations such as Iran.

* Poverty: Eighty-five percent of those living in the 10/40 window are the poorest of the world's poor.

* World religions: Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism are centered within the 10/40 Window.

* Least evangelized cities: Half of the world's least evangelized cities are in this window.


Statistical data on unreached people groups / prayer points:

The statistics of the numbers of non-Christians can be staggering

* 865 million unreached Muslims or Islamic followers in 3330 cultural sub-groupings
* 550 million unreached Hindus in 1660 cultural sub-groups
* 150 million unreached Chinese in 830 groups
* 275 million unreached Buddhists in 900 groups
* 2550 unreached tribal groups (which are mainly animistic) with a total population of 140 million
* Forming a smaller -- though important -- unreached group are the 17 million Jews scattered across 134 countries
* Good news: The most rapid Christian expansion ever is in China where there are 10,000 new Christian converts every day.

Bible translation availability

* At least some part of Scripture has been translated into 2,212 of the world's 6,500 languages
o 366 languages have the entire Bible
o 928 other languages have the New Testament
o Individual books (such as the Gospel of John) are available in 918 additional languages
* 80 percent of the world's people have access to at least some portion of the Bible in a language they can understand.

My House is Full
There is peace and contentment in my Father's house today,
Lots of food on His table and no one turned away.
There is singing and laughter as the hours pass by,
But a hush calms the singing as the Father sadly cries,

My house is full, but my field is empty,
Who will go and work for Me today.
It seems my children want to stay around
my table,
But no one wants to work my fields,
No one wants to work my fields.

Push away from the table.
Look out through the windowpane,
Just beyond the house of plenty
Lies a field of golden grain.
And it's ripe unto harvest,
But the reapers, where are they?
In the house,
Oh, can't the children hear
the Father sadly say,

My house is full, but my field is empty,
Who will go and work for Me today.
It seems my children want to stay around my table,
But no one wants to work my fields,
No one wants to work my fields.

by Lanny Wolfe.

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