10 40 Window Map

In Which 10/40 Window Countries Does GFA Work?

GFA World has ministries in over twenty nations, many of which are in the 10/40 window. Countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal are largely poor and desperate for the Gospel, and GFA is working to address these problems.

Bangladesh is a lush, green landscape marred by brutal poverty, corruption and unrelenting natural disasters. Though it was once among the wealthiest areas of South Asia, it is now one of the poorest, with over a third of the population living below the poverty line.[1] About 387 people groups, adding up to 155 million people, call Bangladesh home. Of that number, only one percent is considered Christian.[2] Compounding the nation’s issues are a low literacy rate—just over 50 percent—and persecution of the few Christians who live there.[3]

The island nation of Sri Lanka is world-famous for its tea. Its sandy beaches and lagoons make it a popular tourist destination; however, this beautiful land is scarred by years of internal strife and natural disaster. A bloody civil war lasting 26 years and claiming 60,000 lives just ended in 2009. Now, as the nation continues to recover, 23 percent of the population is below the poverty line. A small 10 percent of the 20 million people in Sri Lanka are believers, while the majority practice traditional Asian religions.[4]

As home to eight of the world’s highest mountains—including Mt. Everest—Nepal thrives on people from around the world coming to take in the scenery and climb the peaks. Even with such a booming tourist industry, Nepal is largely underdeveloped and one of the poorest countries in the world; a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line.[5] The 30 million people, sorted into 333 people groups, are separated by rough mountain trails in small villages, which can take days to reach. A mere three percent of Nepal is Christian, and a large portion of the rest of the people practice a traditional Asian religion.[6]

GFA is working in these and many other countries in Asia and now in Rwanda, Africa, as well. With such large populations of people who have yet to hear the Gospel, there is much work to do. National missionaries are sent to regions where no one else is working to help meet physical needs and establish churches. Consider partnering with us to help nations within the 10/40 window by sponsoring one of these national missionaries. It just takes $30 a month,[7] and you can help a missionary make an impact in places like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or Nepal.

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[1] World Bank. “Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2018.” Accessed December 13, 2023. https://www.worldbank.org/en/publication/poverty-and-shared-prosperity-2018.
[2] “Bangladesh.” GFA World. Accessed June 28, 2023. https://www.gfa.org/regions/country/bangladesh/.
[3] “Day 3: Bangladesh.” Window International Network. June 2023. https://www.win1040.org/prayercalendar/bangladesh/.
[4] “Sri Lanka.” GFA World. Accessed June 28, 2023. https://www.gfa.org/regions/country/sri-lanka/.
[5] World Bank. “Nepal – Poverty & Equity Data Portal”. November 20, 2023, https://databankfiles.worldbank.org/public/ddpext_download/poverty/987B9C90-CB9F-4D93-AE8C-750588BF00QA/SM2020/Global_POVEQ_NPL.pdf.
[6] “Nepal.” GFA World. Accessed June 28, 2023. https://www.gfa.org/regions/country/nepal/.
[7] “National Missionaries.” GFA World. Accessed June 28, 2023. https://www.gfa.org/sponsor/.