Growth of Christianity in the 10/40 Window
According to a comprehensive report by The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Seminary, fifty-nine percent of all Christian Believers live in the Global South. The Global South includes countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania. This number is projected to increase by 2020 by which time sixty-six percent of all Christians will live in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania.
AfricaIn the continent of Africa, the population of Christians rose from nine percent to nearly forty-nine percent over a span of a hundred years. Many of these Christians are from sub-Saharan Africa, and they converted from ethno-religions to Christianity. Even though there is a tremendous increase in the number of Christians in this region, it is worrying that Muslims have very little interaction with Christians. According to the Report, "Only twenty percent of Muslims in Africa personally knew a Christian in 2010."
Even though Asia remains the least-Christian area in the world by percentage, Christianity has made a noteworthy advance. In 1970, 4.5 percent of the population was Christian; that percentage has increased to 8.2 percent in 2010. And in the coming years, Christianity is projected to grow faster than any other religion. Many are added to the number of Christian Believers through conversions. China is the home to much of the increase in the number of Christians. In 1970, 0.1 percent of the population was Christian; now, 7.3 percent are followers of Jesus Christ. There are nearly 103 million Christians in that nation.
Conversely, a climate of political volatility has played a vital role in the decline of Christians in the Middle East. According to the findings of the report, "Many historic Christian communities in Western Asia - notably those in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq - have been emigrating due to conflict and violence."
This report more than adequately illustrates the fact that the Lord of the Harvest is moving in a powerful way in the nations of the 10/40 Window. Christian Believers in the region have been sharing and living the message of the Gospel. Christian Believers have been interceding for God's children in the 10/40 Window. However, much remains to be done. Many more need to hear about God's redeeming love exemplified through the death and resurrection of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise God for the tremendous harvest of souls in the 10/40 Window. Praise God for the tireless work of Christian Believers and workers, in the region, who are sharing the Gospel (The Bible, 1 Chronicles 16:34).
Pray that God would continue to bless the laborers as they carry the Gospel to the 10/40 Window (The Bible, Isaiah 41:10).
Pray that the volatility in the Middle East would be quelled. Pray for the Prince of Peace to reign in this troubled part of the world (The Bible, Isaiah 9:6).
Pray for Christian Believers who live in hostile environments. Pray God's hedge of protection around them even as they witness to the love and grace of God (The Bible, Psalm 91:9-10).
This article originally appeared in the December 2013 edition of the Reporter.
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