Named after its location between 10 degrees and 40 degrees north of the equator, the 10/40 Window stretches from West Africa across Asia and is known for housing most of the world’s unreached people groups. More localized ministry regions with the 10/40 Window include the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, and South Asia. ABWE is compelled to reach and serve as many of the more than 3 billion unreached individuals in this region as possible that currently have little to no access to the gospel.
We believe God desperately desires to share his love with every people group living in this difficult region, including most of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists—and he wants to use his church to do it. Yet while the 10/40 Window is home to roughly two-thirds of all the people in the world, and more than 95% of the unreached people groups, it is estimated that only three percent of foreign missionaries are serving in it.
While some countries are closed to forthright evangelism, they are grateful for partners in caring for their people through services such as medical intervention, business development, and community outreach programs, which open doors to spiritual conversations and evangelism. Whether through providing relief to frightened refugees or offering healthcare for thousands of hurting people, our missionaries are meeting human needs and sharing the love of Jesus. As people come to know him, we stand beside them in discipleship, leadership training, and support for local believers and churches. Church planting in the 10/40 Window is especially important in impacting this region for the kingdom.
Opportunities for entry and ministries include:
- Arts & Crafts
- Bible studies
- Children’s ministries
- Church revitalization
- English clubs
- Orphan ministries
- Refugee relief
- Small business ministry
- Women’s ministry
- Youth ministries
There are many ways anyone can be involved in serving local believers and sharing the gospel with Muslims, Buddhists, and others in the 10/40 Window. What is God calling you to do?
Limited Access Locations
ABWE is also at work in countries that restrict evangelism.