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April 20, 2006

The 10-40 Window

Filed under: — Dr Earl @ 6:24 pm

10/40 Window

The 10/40 Window

The goal of WORD FOR THE WORLD is to reach the masses of people that have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is mission radio at its best. We never ask for money on our broadcasts but are supported by the friends of WORD FOR THE WORLD and churches THAT HAVE PUT US ON THEIR mission BUDGET.


This WINDOW is a part of the world that remains unreached. It is a rectangular area that extends from the 10th latitude north of the equator to the 40th latitude north, and from Japan to the West Coast of Africa.

* There are 62 nations within the 10/40 Window.
* 4.1 billion of the world’s 5.6 billion people live here.
* There are more than 1.2 billion people under the influence of communism.
* It contains over 1 billion Muslims, nearly 1 billion Hindus and 600 million Buddhists.
* 97% of the un-reached people groups are located here.
* The top 50 least evangelized cities of the world are all in this window.
* Most of the 10/40 Window nations are closed to western missionaries.
* It is an area of great spiritual darkness known as the “Resistance Belt”.
* It contains over 70% of the world’s people but only 8% of the church’s missionary efforts.
* Less than 1/2 of 1% of the mission budget of churches goes to reach the 10/40 Window.
* Many in the 10/40 Window have never heard the Name of Jesus – even one time!

Patrick Johnstone and Jason Mandryk are the authors of a book titled, Operation World. According to the statistics available in the 2001 edition of the book, and presented on the WorldVue CDROM from Global Mapping International, we learn some interesting facts about who lives in the 10/40 Window.

Poverty: 21 of the 48 poorest countries of the world

  • GNP per person is $500 or less
  • 77% of the poorest people (1.6 billion people)
  • 7% of evangelical missionaries are working with this group

Lost: 31 of the 52 least evangelized countries of the world

  • 95% of the least evangelized people (3.1 billion people)
  • 10% of evangelical missionaries are working with this group

Hopeless: 11 of the 15 least evangelized, poorest countries of the world

  • 98% of the least evangelized, poorest people (1.4 billion people)
  • 4% of evangelical missionaries are working with this group
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  1. This is Pastor Saqib Munawar at LAhore from Pakistan. We live and work in the Islamic Pakistan which is also included in the 10-40 window countries. We will request the ministries, church leaders and a true believr please pray,support and vist Pakistan and incourage the work in the 10-40 window’s countries.
    Please contact with us and come and see the works of God. Our website is

    Comment by Pastor Saqib Munawar — November 10, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
  2. Dr Earl, God Bless you for you service to Him.
    I found your website looking for a map of the 10/40 window. Now I see your work. I am a board member of the Jesus Film Mininstry of CCC.
    I have started an outreach to hard to reach people who have moved to Amercia. Millions of Muslims and others have moved here near us. We can reach millions of other wise difficult to reach people now because they live near us. We are producing multi language Jesus Film DVDs for sharing with immigrants as gifts. We are providing them free when and where we can and for a small cost to churches who will join in outreach to immigrants.
    My website explains what and how we are doing it. The website showing our different language groups is, Can I give you a copy of one of our DVDs?
    Phil Cohn

    Comment by Phil Cohn — March 16, 2009 @ 12:47 am
  3. It’s a pleasure to meet you. Somebody gave me your Email and here I am doing the same in a different way like many people. I share my blessing with the needing people in one way or another with LOVE coming from heaven.

    Pride to our LORD. Whatever you do for our GOD is because He wants you to do it and I know you do it with the Love coming from HIM.

    Your server: Leonardo Bocanegra.

    Comment by Leonardo Bocanegra — November 28, 2009 @ 8:16 pm
  4. G’day! Like Phil Cohn, I found your site via a search for a map of the 10:40 window. It’s good to see information on the needs of that area displayed in a clear and accessible fashion.

    I admit that I lifted the graphic for use in a PowerPoint presentation last Sunday morning at our church: we have been looking at the needs of that area this year, and yours is the best map I have spotted so far. Our subject on Sunday was the Middle East and North Africa, so the spread of Islam was very much in view.

    If using that graphic in that was was unacceptable to you, I apologise. On the other hand, I hope I may have your permission to make the presentation more widely available – perhaps through a link on the church’s website ( if I ever get around to updating it!

    If you are willing for me to use the graphic, how should the source best be acknowledged?

    I’d have approached you less publicly, but can’t spot a “contact us” link on this site.

    In Christ,


    Comment by Peter Green — August 4, 2010 @ 9:54 am
  5. Thanks for the information and we willl pray for God to send misionaries to this countries and for his spirit to bring salvation to this people.

    Comment by Ev. Juan Garcia — November 9, 2010 @ 11:12 am
  6. Dear Brothers and Sister

    I am Zemen working for Christian media in Ethiopia in Afaan Oromo- the largest population uses this. I am also participating in translation and media training. If any one interested in this regards I am happy to communicate via my e mail address.



    Comment by Zemen — March 30, 2011 @ 5:56 am
  7. […] * There are 62 nations within the 10/40 Window. * 4.1 billion of the world’s 5.6 billion people live here. * 97% of the un-reached people groups are located here. * It contains over 70% of the world’s people but only 8% of the church’s missionary efforts. * Less than 1/2 of 1% of the mission budget of churches goes to reach the 10/40 Window. * Many in the 10/40 Window have never heard the Name of Jesus – even one time! ( […]

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  8. […] My second, third, and fourth reasons are more logistical. Second, there are many countries that are closed to missionaries and where it is illegal to be a Christian or openly evangelize to nationals. The safest and easiest way, then, to continue to evangelize people in those areas and equip the church that exists there is through radio, specifically short-wave radio. The origin of transmission can’t be traced, and even if someone were to succeed in blocking the transmissions, it’s easier to switch frequencies and continue broadcasting. So where ambassadors for Christ can’t get in physically, radio waves carrying the gospel can. The 10/40 window (map from […]

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  9. […] Many in the 10/40 Window have never heard the Name of Jesus – even one time! ( […]

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  10. GOD will reward Lius with HIS WISDOM, and a hetahly body with sound mind, GOD also will protect Lius from any harm. GOD is GREAT and is MIGHTY and HE has the full authority. GOD is full of POWER, HE can turn any situation according to HIS Will. HE is a GOOD GOD who take care of His followers and have GOOD plan in our lives, so wake up every Christians live our lives faithfully in HIS plan and obey HIM. HE will be delighted and blesses us even more. We should invite GOD’s HOLY SPIRIT to live in us and enjoy HIS peace, love and joy in our lives. GOD remind us to always yield to YOU and live faithfully according to what YOU want us to be,

    Comment by Mustafa — October 10, 2015 @ 1:18 am
  11. I am Don McWhinney. My wife Lillie and I leave at Holly Lake Ranch, TX in Wood County, TX We are closely associated with the local Baptist Church by the name of Holly Brook Baptist Church. I desire to put information of the 10 – 40 Window in the hands of our pastor and others on the board. We need to do more than just consider and think of what to do I am a friend to Ron Moyer. His wife Evelyn is likely to leave this world in the ext few months. Sad story. Ron Moyer and Evelyn head YWAM in Lindale, TX, not far from our residence and church. We need information. I will apprreciate your help.


    Comment by Donald T McWhinney — February 29, 2016 @ 11:23 am
  12. Greeings Don,
    Please feel free to use anything from my web site. We have been on for almost 30 years now and funds are getting tight. If you would like to make a gift to WFW, feel free. A tax-deductible receipt will be mailed.
    God bless your efforts.
    All because of God’s Amazing GRACE,
    Dr. Earl

    Comment by Dr Earl — June 30, 2016 @ 12:48 pm
  13. You are so right, that is why we are doing our best to reach as many as possible.

    Comment by Dr Earl — June 30, 2016 @ 12:50 pm
  14. You got it right. The problem is now, many around the places where we cannot broadcast have TV!!. They can get them cheap and use 2 or 3 discs to capture programs. They can just go outside, physically turn the disc any direction to pick up TV frequencies.
    Pray for us that we may continue to broadcast. We do need donors.
    All because of God’s Amazing GRACE,
    Dr. Earl

    Comment by Dr Earl — June 30, 2016 @ 1:16 pm
  15. Hello my name is Tammy and I just wanted to drop you a quick message here instead of calling you. I came to your Word for the World Radio Ministry » The 10-40 Window website and noticed you could have a lot more hits. I have found that the key to running a successful website is making sure the visitors you are getting are interested in your website topic. There is a company that you can get keyword targeted visitors from and they let you try the service for free for 7 days. I managed to get over 300 targeted visitors to day to my website.

    Comment by Tammy — July 21, 2016 @ 5:44 am
  16. Thank you, I may look into it. However, I am choking to death on other emails mostly trying to sell me something. It would take a year to stop them all :-).

    Comment by Dr Earl — July 21, 2016 @ 1:36 pm

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