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Wycliffe is celebrating the work God has done in Bible translation around the world since 1942. In 1981, while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cakchiquel New Testament translation, Billy Graham delivered a sermon about the importance of Bible translation in the context of the command that Jesus gave believers to come unto him and go into all the world. In this excerpt from his sermon, Billy Graham talks about the life of Cameron Townsend and encourages those listening to become a part of the work. He challenges all of us to consider our gifts, talents and the commandment from Jesus to deliver the Good News of the gospel in the streets, villages, cities and more. It is our desire at Wycliffe to see everyone encounter the Word of God in the language and form that speaks directly to their hearts. Wycliffe’s mission is to see a Bible translation program in progress in every language still needing one by 2025.

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The Most Difficult Place in the World to Call Home

The 10-40 Window lies in a part of the world north of the equator between 10 degrees latitude and 40 degrees latitude.  Stretching from North Africa to Southeast Asia, it includes just one-third of the world's land mass but is home to two-thirds of the world's population.

95% of all unreached people groups are located in this part of the world.

It’s in the 10/40 window where most of the major non-Christian religions hold control.

Collectively these 10/40 Window UPG's are known as the THUMB people.


Between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator lies a vast region that includes most of Asia, Indonesia, the Middle East, and Saharan and Northern Africa.
Although it is only one-third of the world's land, it is estimated that two-thirds of world's population are now living in this 10/40 Window. According to recent research, this land mass holds the least evangelized countries and therefore the highest amount of unreached people. In addition, over 90% of the world's most poverty-stricken people live in the 10/40 window, and face the most opposition through rampant diseases like AIDS, as also suffer greatly from abuse, illiteracy, and most importantly, spiritual darkness. Historically, it has been referred to as "The Resistant Belt" -- as it holds the highest concentration of people in the world who are Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist. However, it has also been called a "Window of Opportunity," which is a fitting way of viewing it for the work of FEBC. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? Since the 10/40 Window holds such a massive area that lacks access to the message of the Gospel, it is a prime region for the work of FEBC. We see that the need is great, and thus we know that the power of the Gospel must go forth, and we must boldly reach those who are still unreached. This "window of opportunity" has literally thousands of different languages and dialects, of course creating a challenge in reaching every tribe, community, and ethnic groups. FEBC's radio broadcasting of the Gospel into native languages has proven to be extremely beneficial in reaching those who are seemingly lost and forgotten, but literally millions are still waiting to hear the message of Christ for the first time. WHAT CAN I DO? In Matthew 28:19, Jesus directly commands us to go forth and make disciples of all nations. Our prayer is that Christians around the world would turn their hearts, prayers, and efforts toward the 10/40 window, fulfilling the call Jesus makes. Because FEBC works diligently to reach those in remote places, we continue in our mission to develop media programming in specific ways that can be delivered to listeners throughout the world, sharing the Good News of Christ and bringing His light into the darkness.

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