How to Reach the 10/40 Window
By David Harris
“What is the 10/40 Window?” This is a question one of my daughters recently
asked. It is a good question and not everyone knows the answer.
In simple terms, it describes the area of the world with the greatest concentration
of people and the least number of missionaries. Logically speaking, this should be
the other way around. Since it has the largest populations in the world, should it
not represent the heaviest concentration of laborers? That is the goal when we try
to represent the need of this part of the world.
It is true wherever you look. In Matthew 9 and Luke 10, our Lord twice emphasizes
the need and what we who know Him should be doing.
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous,
but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he will send forth labourers into his harvest (Matthew 9:37–38).
Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the
labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he
would send forth labourers into his harvest (Luke 10:2).
Double emphasis means double importance. It shows the Lord is very concerned
about the harvest and wants each of us to be actively involved in bringing about
real change in order to bring in the harvest. How can we bring about change and
gather the harvest even in the 10/40 Window?
1) Pray for Laborers.
Prayer for lost souls around the world and for laborers to reach them ought to be
a real part of the daily life of every believer. This is what the Lord instructed of
each of us who have access to His throne. The result of our prayers should mean
more workers going to the fields, but in many cases this is not true. If we take a
look at the needs of harvest fields all over the world, we see the same thing. The
laborers are few.
8 BIMI WORLD
Number 3, 2011