Tuesday, July 25, 2006

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explore the world's population Did you know that over 1/2 of the world’s population is in Asia!?! Over HALF! Did you know that 12 of the 15 largest cities in the world are in Asia!?! (The other 3 are LA, NY, and Mexico City.) Amazing! I discovered online a nifty interative world population "map." I suggest you play with the sliders on the right of the "map" to see the stats in different ways. It's really fun and informative too. While playing with this unique tool, I was reminded that most of the unreached people groups on earth appear to be the most densely populated. In fact, The 10/40 window, the area of the world that extends from 10 degrees to 40 degrees north of the equator, and stretches from North Africa across to China, contains the largest population of non-Christians in the world. And, do you know what? Two-thirds of the world's population live in this window!! Two-thirds!!! That is about 3.2 BILLION people! That is an overwhelming number! I wonder just how many of those 3.2 billion people have never even heard the name of Jesus, much less the Gospel. This number seems so overwhelming and daunting to me. That is why I love Revelation 7:9 so much. It promises individuals from all tribes, peoples, and langauges will one day worship the King of Kings: "I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb." Amen! So, what can we do? We can pray. We can adopt a people group (more info here). We can give. We can go. Because we know that "this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations" (Matthew 24:14).

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