Gary Kusunoki
The 10/40 Window, Africa and the Sudan

The following is an outline of a presentation given by Pastor Gary Kusunoki at the Calvary Chapel Missions Confterence in December 1997.

  1. Introduction
    1. My intention is to deal with more than one nation today. - Deal with a region or window and then work our way to more specific parts of Africa.
      1. The 10/40 window. - Ten degrees north latitude to forty degrees north.
      2. Stretches from western Africa to east Asia.
      3. Called the "final frontier" in world missions, it includes the Muslim block, the Hindu block, and the Buddhist block.
      4. 10/40 window has tremendous biblical significance:
        1. Cradle of ancient civilization.
        2. Here the nation of Israel was founded under God's mighty hand.
        3. Most of the Bible occurs within this geographical area.
      5. 10/40 window is home to the least evangelized countries in the world. - Of the 55 least evangelized countries more than 45 are located in this region. - 97% of the unevangelized people of the world reside here.
      6. Two-thirds of the earth's population is located in the window.
      7. Represents 1/3 of the earth's total land mass.
      8. Home of the poorest of the poor. - Of those in the world living in absolute poverty, 80% reside in the 10/40 window. - They have the poorest quality of life in the world. - The ones affected the most are children.
        1. 100,000,000 children are homeless.
        2. 35,000 children under the age of 5, die each day.
        3. 40,000,000 abortions are performed each year.
        4. 1,000,000 children are engaged in prostitution.
        5. 1.5 million children were killed in wars between 1984 and 1994. 4 million were disabled, blinded, or brain-damaged; 12,000,000 lost their homes because of war.
        6. Up to 200 million are involved in child labor.
        7. 1.5 million are currently infected with AIDS.
        8. 2 million children die every year of a preventable diseases but they have not been immunized.
        9. 500,000 children go blind every year from vitamin A deficiency.
      9. The 10/40 window has a sinister side.
        1. Some of the most oppressive and repressive governments in the world are within this window.
        2. Governments that are not only decidedly anti-Christian but where Christians are martyred daily for their faith.
        3. The most dangerous places in the world to be a Christian are within this region.
    2. So, who cares? Why should we be concerned with what is occurring a half a world away?
      1. Because God cares. - The biggest tragedy of all is not the starvation, the diseases, the poverty or the wars. - The biggest tragedy is that every day hundreds of thousands of people go to their death without knowing Jesus Christ.
        1. That's only a portion of it. - The other part of the tragedy is that to a large degree, God's people here in America don't care.

          (James 2:14-16 NASB) "What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? {15} If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, {16} and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?"

        2. We have been blessed with so much here, we have a responsibility.

          (1 John 3:16-18 NASB) "We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. {17} But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? {18} Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth."

        3. These are the people of Psalm 82

          (Psa 82:3-5 NASB) "Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. {4} Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. {5} They do not know nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are shaken."

        4. Ministering to them is the evidence of our relationship with God and love for them is the fruit of our faith.

          (James 1:27 NASB) "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."

    3. We now know what the 10/40 window is. - There are so many needs. So many who are poor and starving. Why Africa? - Hasn't it already been evangelized? - We send money, they kill each other.
      1. Place where every new believer is afraid that God will send them.
      2. Has been described as a black hole where money and resources go in and nothing comes out of it.
      3. People are tired of helping Africa.
      4. Why should we help in what seems like a hopeless situation? - Because we are the only ones with the answer to their hopelessness. - One more reason.

        (2 Cor 5:14 NASB) "For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;"
  2. Sudan
    1. Almost in the center of the African continent lies the largest African nation. It is also the most dangerous place in the world to live. - It is the line in the sand for the radical muslims.
      1. Typical attack in the Nuba mountains.
      2. Famine in Nyamlell.
      3. The lack of people willing to go. - No missionaries since the 1970's.
        "Africa's Darkest Secret"
    2. Our goal in the Sudan is not to bring about a political change. - It's not to stop the war, or even the persecution. - It is to share the love of Christ.
      1. Means that we are willing to stand alongside our suffering brothers and sisters, and let them know in a real way that God has not forgotten them.
      2. Means that we are willing to go to the uttermost parts of the world to share Jesus with the lost.
      3. Jesus' ministry was always to the least, the last and the lost. - That is where we want to be. - Where no one else wants to go (flying in no fly zones where the UN cannot go).
      4. We're not looking to change situations, we are looking to change hearts.
      5. Physical relief is a physical representation of God's love for them. - We are always asked why we do what we do. - Because Jesus loves them and so do we.
    3. Is there risk? Great risk. - Not just our lives but that we won't be able to spread the gospel fast enough. - Truly the fields are ripe for harvest but the workers are few.
    4. Is it costly? Very costly by our standards, yet we serve a God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
      1. Some say it's not cost effective.
      2. There are those that we can reach easier and for less. - What is the dollar per soul? Many missions organizations examine this.
      3. Friend of mine Ronnie Deans, said "not the dollar per soul but the dollar per opportunity."
      4. Most of the more "cost effective" areas have been reached and even saturated with the gospel. - We need to be where the need is the greatest.
    5. Is there fruit? Abundant fruit. - In the area where we have had the opportunity to minister their is a great work of the Spirit going on.
      1. Wes Bently was walking along a trail. - All along the way he saw amulets discarded......
      2. The church is growing by the thousands. - 17 churches in the last year in this one area.
      3. Every time the Jesus film is shown, hundreds come to the Lord.
      4. It is not our money, or our supplies that make the greatest impact. It is our presence.

        (Isa 6:8 NASB) "Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!""

    "Come and Break the Chains"

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Kusunoki, Gary. The 10/40 Window, Africa and the Sudan. The Blue Letter Bible. Dec 1997. .
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